I think, eventually, that is what this article at Business Week can be boiled down to.
There are a great many discussions, I believe, to be had about how we run businesses, how we think about making money in the short term versus the long and what kind of impact that thinking has on the products we get, the people we employ and the results we live with. I don’t really want to get into them here, as this is a beer blog, not a business blog.
However, beer seems to touch on nearly everything doesn’t it? It’s one of the few drugs I can think of that people willingly share and there’s something extremely social about it. Looking at how we make something we love and deciding it’s worth making well and paying people properly to ensure this, from the farmers and harvesters to the steelcrafters and the transporters, in addition to creating proper circumstances to make and ship beer (and brewing supplies) with a long term perspective, might be worth investigating.
Just something to think about. It’s a really interesting article and I recommend reading it.
If that gets too heavy, then check out this awesome post on glassware.