Reading this article on the latest wave of craft brewery acquisitions was…depressing.
It makes some sense, at least: the people who started these companies in the 80’s and 90’s are looking to retire and selling their business off is a hell of a way to do it.
But it signals to me a way that the world is just getting smaller, the options restricted: Corporate Daddies making sure that their investments produce on time, and deviation isn’t to be welcomed.
Not that I’m supporting hate tourism by any means. What kind of knucklefuck goes into an establishment just to pour a beer out?
But I can’t say I’m thrilled to see the Great Consolidation of breweries come about.
(Edit): published this a day early but hey, day early content!