Well, yeah, don't we all do that, pretty much, drinking locally brewed craft beers or small-batch stuff from wherever and casting total disdain upon the big corporate/industrial stuff?
But then this line jumped out at me:
Then there's Sam Calagione, who built Dogfish Head Craft Brewery into a regional success in Delaware and Maryland. However, the shelf space across the country for his ales is limited not by the tastes of America's beer drinkers but by the people in charge of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, two foreign-owned trading companies that directly control some 80 percent of all beer sold in America.Ummmm........ Seriously, Mr. Lynn? You're trying to tell me that Dogfish has been blocked into going into certain markets by the Big Bad Evil Mega-Swill Makers? I'm demanding examples or proof. Right now, if anything, Dogfish's aggressive marketing and cult status (and, admittedly, good products) are robbing shelf space away from more local brewers in further-off states. I've seen it in Arizona. They're not stealing sales from Natural Light or Miller Genuine Draft, or even Oak Creek or Bridgeport.
I mean, seriously, look at their latest press release/project:
Four well-know brewers are joining forces with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Italian food emporium Eataly to open a brewery-pub on a New York City rooftop with breathtaking views of the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings.More power to them all, it's a free country and supposed to be a free market and all that, but...... does that sound more like a "mom and pop" business or a corporate merger?
The four breweries collaborating on this project include two Italian craft brewers - Teo Musso, Brewmaster of Birrificio Le Baladin and Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Birra del Borgo, and two Italian-American craft brewers - Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Vinnie Cilurzo of the Russian River Brewing Company.
The first floor of the building at 200 5th Avenue will house Eataly, an epic Italian specialty foods market and multiple restaurants which pair gourmet foods with artisanal beers and wines. Additionally, there will be an 8,000 square foot rooftop brewery and restaurant operated by B&B Hospitalitys Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.
The rooftop bar and restaurant will house a copper-clad brewing system. The idea is to create an artisanal, old world Italian craft brewery that just happens to be located on a rooftop in Manhattan, says Dogfish Heads Sam Calagione. The four brewers are working together on recipes for Eatalys house beers. Those beers will feature Italian and American ingredients. The beers will be unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and hand-pulled through traditional beer engines for the most authentic and pure presentation. The four individual brewers will also occasionally brew beers under their own names on site. The rooftop restaurant project will pair artisanal rustic, homemade beers with the artisanal, rustic cooking of Chef Mario Batali. Additional Italian and American regional craft beers will be served both at the rooftop bar and within the downstairs restaurants.
All of us should want the proverbial "little guy" to thrive and succeed, even grow and expand production. I'd love to see Brewers Art and Red Brick Station and Oliver's and all these folks have enough business--at the expense of mass-produced swill or the alcoholic fad of the month, of course--to need more workers and production. And I do well remember the day when Dogfish Head was a cut-off keg brewing up the "beer of the day" in Rehoboth Beach, not a great big facility in Milton. Heck, there was a day when Wal-Mart, the megatron every leftist/progressive loves to trash now, was Sam Walton's store, no? And what happened to KMart, the "downtown killer" before them? Anyone remember Grant's? Murphy's? Woolworth's?
So, whadaya think? Is Dogfish head still a "small guy," or is Sam & Co. well beyond that?