Growing Pains

To sell to a larger company or not. That seems to be the question lately. Monday the beer world was rocked with the sell of Goose Island to AB. Lately though other breweries have been opting to pull out of states. Goose Island wanted to expand and continue it’s growth while some breweries have decided it would be easier to just not produce as much. Dogfish Head Brewery announced they were pulling out of some states and just today Great Divide Brewing Company has decided to do the same. While neither one affects Kansas it is an interesting choice. The fallout from Monday is leaving a lot of beer geeks in wondering what they will do about Goose Island. Should they continue to drink them or not because now they are part of AB. To be honest, I’ve never been that big of a fan of Goose Island to begin with. For me, I don’t really care. I’m shocked more than anything but it does make me wonder about the state of craft beer. The growth continues to skyrocket and breweries want to reach more and more people but it seems that in order to do that the options are sell out or pull back. I like the idea of pulling back. In fact there should be more regional breweries. It’s nice to see places that won’t spread to far but instead focus on the area they are from. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to breweries over the next several years. What do you think will be the trend as breweries age and the owners of some of the largest craft breweries begin to reach retirement age?



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