It’s March already, and the BevAlc Roundup is coming in like a lion! But don’t worry, we still as gentle as a lamb. This week, new tariffs on aluminum could raise the packaging costs for brewers, Washington and Oregon wine markets release their 2017 production data, and does the NBA have a secret love affair with wine?
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Trump’s Newest Trade Idea Could Make Your Beer More Expensive | Trade associations representing beer companies and brewers warn that proposed restrictions on the imports of aluminum could increase the cost of brewing and packaging beer. Business Insider
Oklahoma Losing Out On Millions Through Uncollected Taxes | The money is from alcohol sales and economists say while there are proposals to change how alcohol is taxed, the real money maker might just be enforcing the current tax laws. FOX 25 News
Maryland Small Brewers Squaring Off In Annapolis With Alcohol Industry | Delegates are scheduled to hear more than a dozen alcohol-related bills, including what Comptroller Peter Franchot has dubbed his “Reform on Tap” effort. Baltimore Sun
It’s Official: You Can Now Buy Alcohol At Stores On Sunday In Indiana | Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law a repeal of Indiana’s unpopular ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales, allowing Hoosiers to buy beer, wine and liquor at stores on Sunday for the first time in Indiana history. Indy Star
Beyond Wine Boom & Bust: Taking A Closer Look At The SVB Report | Silicon Valley Bank recently released their 2018 State of the Industry report on the U.S. wine market and if you haven’t read it you should. The Wine Economist
White Men Are The Future Of Beer — And That’s Terrible News For the Struggling Industry | White men are the only subgroup of the next generation — Gen Z — to prefer beer over other types of alcohol. Business Insider
Washington Reports Lighter Wine Grape Harvest, Excellent Quality | Washington’s wine industry reported a lighter harvest but with near-ideal conditions for grapes in 2017, according to the latest information from Washington State Wine. Walla Walla Union-Business
Oregon’s “Rocking” Wine Industry Advised To Avoid Complacency | With their wine sales growth outperforming other regions, Oregon producers should avoid resting on their laurels, experts say. Capital Press
Epic Crop Fail Made It A Bad Year For Bulk Wine | Last year was unkind to wine producers across the globe. Financial Times
The NBA’s Secret Wine Society | The inside-the-bottle story of the intest love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape. ESPN
Wine Could Cure Bad Breath | Drink destroys bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease, paving the way for new toothpastes and mouthwashes containing the key antioxidant. Daily Mail
9 Themed Beer Festivals Worthy of a Beercation | Check out these creative beer festivals with themes from oddball to athletic. They’re well worth a beercation. Craftbeer.com
The Financial Realities Behind High-End Wine Pricing | For all of the attention that the most sought-after wines get — their scores are parsed; their SRPs and performance at auction are analyzed — the economics of producing and distributing them are often overlooked. Forbes
Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking | Fermentation, by either wild or industrial yeasts, has become synonymous with the battle between all that is natural, and the convenience and consistency of man-made machination. VinePair