Blue Ridge Community College is getting permission to make beer on campus. It is hoping to be able to sell the beer by late summer. It is just assumed that students will man the chairs in a tasting room. It’s what we call a 21st-century education.

As for the multipliers, they can do nothing but hockey-stick. Beer consumption is illimitable, and local craft brewers can make up profits thus crowded out with economic development incentives. Craft brewers trying to mind their own business without playing crony games can just disappear.