Well it has happened again. A major force in the craft beer movement has to pull out of states because demand is too high. It happened to me personally when Oskar Blues announced last year their withdrawal from Idaho, and it has happened again today with Dogfish Head announcing they are pulling out of four states. So who is the loser in the Dogfish Head withdrawal? Well not me, and for that I’m thankful. However, I never got any Dogfish Head in the first place since they were never here.
No the losers in todays announcement are the residents of Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Rhode Island. Click Here to read their official announcement. Say goodbye to the 60, and the 90, and the 120, and all the other off centered Ales. Guess there just weren’t enough off centered people there! Actually the opposite is probably true. See they were so far behind on production that they needed to pull out of states that sold a lot of their product so that they could have enough to reallocate to other stronger markets. This is so much musical chairs, but in the end it affects real beer drinkers. So that is sad.
The one’s I feel most sorry for are the good people of Rhode Island. See they share a lot of commonalities with Idaho regarding this withdrawal. They are a small state like Idaho, they were part of the original distribution of the beer like Idaho, they helped put the brewery on the map like Idaho, and they are getting slapped in the face from the Brewery just like Idaho did by Oskar Blues.
The craft beer movement is proceeding at a breakneck pace. It is going so fast that breweries cannot keep pace with demand. This is a problem and an opportunity. It is a problem for beer drinkers. We can’t get some of our favorite brews. But it is an opportunity for smaller breweries to come in and pick up the slack. Since I found Laughing Dog and Grand Teton, I have hardly missed Oskar Blues. So, goodbye Dogfish Head, and hello New Glarus, and Central Waters, and Sun King…