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  1. Jeffrey Erway
    September 13, 2018 @ 7:38 am

    I have friends that work in the High End. I have friends that work for CANarchy. I will only comment that I will absolutely not buy beers from the High End, but it’s not for any romantic holier than though reasons. I don’t buy beer from the High End because much of the marketing $$$ that is spent by ABI is spent to reduce other breweries access to market. This is done through inducements, both legal and illegal, and through their distributors role as set captain. Inside of these distribution houses their role is that of an elephant in a china shop. They push and pull and try to use the weight of their flagship brands to ensure the shelf space of poorly performing beers in the High End over that of better performing independents. So while I don’t mean to pass judgement on anyone for such choices, I will ask a pointed question… What happens to some of your favorite independent breweries when over 50% of the shelf space for “craft” is taken up by non-independent brewers? The domino effect this could have on creativity within the space is hard to imagine at this point. I only hope we don’t get to find out.

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  2. Stephen T
    September 13, 2018 @ 5:18 am

    Good article Lew. I agree, “to each their own” when it comes to a personal decision on what beers you will and won’t drink. I fall into the extreme end of the spectrum and no longer favor beers that receive “equity” is ANY form. Why should I? There is so much great craft beer out there, that if you lose one brewery to this form of “big beer” there are always others, who remain independent (sans external capital) to drink. Bottom line, as long as opinions on how individuals drink is accepted, I have no problem if we sit down at a pub with beers from different ends of the spectrum. Cheers!

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