Big Beer Companies Trying to Push Out Craft Beer

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    Big Beer Companies Trying to Push Out Craft Beer

    The King of Beers Wants to Push Craft Brews out of Your Supermarket | Mother Jones

    Distributors whose beer sales are 98 percent InBev brands can get as much as $1.5 million in rebates—as long as they don't also sell some popular craft brews as well.

    At least one distributor has dropped a craft brewer as a result of the incentive program. Deschutes Brewery President Michael Lalonde said Grey Eagle Distributing of St. Louis last week decided it will drop the Oregon brewery behind Mirror Pond Pale Ale because it "had to make a choice to go with the incentive program or stay with craft.

    As someone that loves craft beer, I don't like this one bit. Glad we have a very nice local variety here in Greater Cincinnati but I wouldn't be thrilled to see less variety of craft beer from across the country because of this.

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    I guess I don't blame InBev for trying it, but why on earth are we still regulating beer sales and distribution like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habib View Post
    I guess I don't blame InBev for trying it, but why on earth are we still regulating beer sales and distribution like this?
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    The King of Beers Wants to Push Craft Brews out of Your Supermarket | Mother Jones

    Distributors whose beer sales are 98 percent InBev brands can get as much as $1.5 million in rebates—as long as they don't also sell some popular craft brews as well.

    At least one distributor has dropped a craft brewer as a result of the incentive program. Deschutes Brewery President Michael Lalonde said Grey Eagle Distributing of St. Louis last week decided it will drop the Oregon brewery behind Mirror Pond Pale Ale because it "had to make a choice to go with the incentive program or stay with craft.

    As someone that loves craft beer, I don't like this one bit. Glad we have a very nice local variety here in Greater Cincinnati but I wouldn't be thrilled to see less variety of craft beer from across the country because of this.

    I find this stuff very interesting.
    Dude, this could TOTALLY affect your selection in the Cincy area.

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    And people wonder why I stopped buying from these brands ages ago. Monopolistic twerps. They can take their water beer and their fake craft brands and shove off.

    Buy local.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    Dude, this could TOTALLY affect your selection in the Cincy area.
    Yeah, I didn't word that right. I meant I'm glad that I could still visit the local breweries, assuming they didn't close.

    Rhinegest would be okay, at least in Ohio because they use their own distribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    And people wonder why I stopped buying from these brands ages ago. Monopolistic twerps. They can take their water beer and their fake craft brands and shove off.

    Buy local.
    I won't lie, I still buy Goose Island and will most likely continue to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Yeah, I didn't word that right. I meant I'm glad that I could still visit the local breweries, assuming they didn't close.

    Rhinegest would be okay, at least in Ohio because they use their own distribution.
    Wait till FFF isn't around your parts anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    Wait till FFF isn't around your parts anymore.
    Yeah man, that will be awful. Lagunitas. Avery. Fat Tire.

    This isn't good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    I won't lie, I still buy Goose Island and will most likely continue to do so.
    It's not easy to manage. I cut off AB InBev a long time ago and if I wasn't buying craft I was buying MillerCoors. Things are more complicated these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formerkywrestler View Post
    I won't lie, I still buy Goose Island and will most likely continue to do so.
    Good beer is good beer.

    The thing is, the beer giants have really struggled to respond to the craft explosion, and people who are after craft beer are much more likely to pay attention to this sort of event and respond accordingly. It's one step forward and two steps back. Other than being a dumb way to regulate the beer industry, I wonder how long it will be before "craft only" beer distributors pick up the slack. I'm waiting for the day I can get Rhinegeist out East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habib View Post
    Good beer is good beer.

    The thing is, the beer giants have really struggled to respond to the craft explosion, and people who are after craft beer are much more likely to pay attention to this sort of event and respond accordingly. It's one step forward and two steps back. Other than being a dumb way to regulate the beer industry, I wonder how long it will be before "craft only" beer distributors pick up the slack. I'm waiting for the day I can get Rhinegeist out East.
    Keep me in a steady supply of Heady Topper and Sip of Sunshine and you can get Rhinegeist out East all you want!









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    I highly recommend the documentary "Beer Wars" to anyone interested in the history of how the big guys have been manipulating distribution for years. This is nothing new, just a new approach to a long-standing problem with outdated (and yes, corrupt) distribution laws in this country. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't understand how anti-trust issues aren't at play here.

    Anyway..... check out the documentary. It's quite fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habib View Post
    I wonder how long it will be before "craft only" beer distributors pick up the slack.
    Was talking to my boss at lunch about this and said that we need to start a Craft Only distribution. Sure we won't compete with the big dogs but could still make some decent money doing it. I'm sure it won't be long til their are some. Just will take time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Habib View Post
    Good beer is good beer.
    I'm waiting for the day I can get Rhinegeist out East.
    Currently they are only in KY & OH, but even in Ohio, they haven't quite expanded to Cleveland yet, but I believe that is soon. Followed by Indiana.

    Rhinegeist turned 2 in July or August, can't remember. They blew through their 10 year business plan in 18 months. So it's exploded and I suspect it will continue growing at a quick rate.

    They were just chosen to collaborate with New Belgium on a special 25th anniversary 12-pack. Basically two bottles of a special Rhinegeist beer will be in a variety pack that New Belgium has come June 2016. I'd think that is huge news for a young brewery like Rhinegiest and a great opportunity to spread the ghost outside of KY & OH. Here's a link:

    Rhinegeist Brewery tapped for special New Belgium anniversary pack - Story

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