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Cronyism ALERT

They’re not even trying to cover it up anymore.

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be joining Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, the company announced in a statement.

“The company’s strategy is aimed at the strongest concentration of professional staff and the introduction of best corporate practices, and we’re delighted that Mr. Biden is joining us to help us achieve these goals,” Alan Apter, Burisma Holdings’ chairman of the board of directors, saidin a statement, which was reported by The Moscow Times on Tuesday.

Biden, joining the board, will be in charge of the legal unit, the company said. He will also provide support for Burisma Holdings “among international organizations.”

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http://benswann.com/how-cronyism-is-about-to-kill-florida-micro-breweries/

This video is a perfect example of crony capitalism.  Large breweries in Florida want to keep upstart microbreweries from taking market share.  Beer distributors want a piece of the cut on all sales.  Together they have a lot of money to donate to campaigns, and considerable influence.  Similar to my earlier post about Sunday growler sales in Minnesota, this is what Frederic Bastiat called legal plunder.  That was back in 1850.  There is nothing new under the sun.

This beer is a Blonde style.  Here is the description of an American Blonde Ale from BA(beer advocate):
“More or less a creation from the craft-brewery movement, and also reminiscent of the German style Kölsch. Pale straw to deep gold for color. Usually an all malt brew, well attenuated with a lightly malty palate. Most have a subdued fruitiness. Hop character is of the noble variety, or similar, leaving a light to medium bitterness. A balanced beer, light bodied and sometimes lager like.”

Smell: Straw, malt.

Taste: Light hop, tartness tapers to a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp, light, slightly flat

Appearance: Very light and clear, bright yellow, resembles an American lager.

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Overall: Not that impressed.  This beer does not stand out at all.  It is nice and light and would make a good summer beer, but I could also buy something less expensive to fill that role.  If you’re more of a Bud/Miller/Coors drinker, you’ll probably enjoy this for a change.