A little late but better than ever, here are the Five Articles. We start off with two more GABF articles and then jump back into our regularly scheduled programming of distribution fights, arguments over regulation, and beer consolidation.
- This article tells us Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues are great. Now, this is an article in a western NC newspaper that makes only a passing mention of the brewers in western NC who actually won medals at GABF this year. That’s kind of weird.
- This is the same article as the one I listed yesterday from the Triad Business Journal except this one highlights Charlotte-area breweries that won awards.
- If you are a brewer in Massachusetts, once you sign a deal with a distributor, you are tied together for life. Even as you change and grow and the distributor changes and grows and your relationship is no longer beneficial to you, you are stuck. Sometimes I criticize brewers for wanting to self-distribute and raise the distribution cap in NC. However, I know part of the reason is that distributors, even really good distributors, have portfolios of dozens of beers and sometimes beers can get lost. If a distributor is no longer meeting the needs of the brewery, the brewery should have a mechanism for terminating the contract.
- This is a case where state regulators are caught in a bad spot. On one hand, they have crowlers which are growing in popularity with consumers and breweries and growler fill stations are responding. On the other hand, they have a regulation written in such a way that seems to make crowlers illegal for anyone except breweries to use. They are going to have to change the regulation because crowlers aren’t going anywhere.
- What do you do if you are a craft brewer and one of the big boys comes calling to buy your brewery? That is a difficult question. Much more difficult than many craft beer drinkers and enthusiasts make it out to be. I love working this blog. I didn’t start this to make money. I started this to write about a thing I love, beer. However, if an online media company came to me with enough money to buy the domain name and idea, I would sell it. Now think about the amount of money a large brewer is going to throw at a smaller brewer. Mike Tyson once said, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” In this case, everybody has these deep principals until a few million dollars are put on the table.