It is categorically NOT impossible for an American brewery to flourish, expand, and PAY PEOPLE, including the owners, and not sell out to some mega-corp or brewing conglomerate. It is NOT the inevitable end-game of being a successful business.
These acquisitions are all about Influence. Leverage. Insinuating themselves into a culture which is, at least in LARGE part, a reaction to and rejection of everything AB has stood for.
That’s what “Murderer’s Row” is about. And these are the PNW breweries, here in early spring of 2017,that are Killin’ It…
Lists are NOTHING but our peculiar American mania for putting two things into a small closet and seeing who’s still breathing when we open the door.
From this day forth, what we now call “craft brewing” and “craft beer” will be called “INDIE Beer”, in The Pour Fool.