Over the past month or so, I’ve been hearing how some breweries are doing exceptionally well, which is always awesome. It’s great to see craft breweries excel in a market where Budweiser, Coors, & Miller dominate. Unfortunattely, in recent news articles I’ve read, while they may be doing well, they can’t keep up their production with the high demand in some states. The two breweries I read about having this situation occur are Dogfish Head and Great Divide. Dogfish Head has decided to pull out of Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Rhode Island. Great Divide is pulling out of Michigan, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, DC & parts of Virginia. I will post links at the bottom.
I guess my big question would have to be, “What gives?” Why does my great home state of Rhode Island have to suffer? Is it because we are a small state? Do they think we need to suck it up & drive to another state to buy a beer that we truly love? I could get into the whole reasoning as to why we won’t drive to other states, but that’s another story for another day. The population of RI is greater than a handful of states that will still be able to buy these beers. why not stop distributing to Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Alaska? While I understand they want to stay true to their Independently owned roots & not be a massive corporation like Budweiser, they should make more research into which states sell the least and drop them. While I’ve never had anything by Great Divide, I’ve always wanted to try something by them. I suppose if you love something enough, you may go to any lengths to get what you love, even if that means going out of state to buy great beer.