Voting for the final round is open, so get to votin'! My picks are Dead Guy Ale to face off against Sublimely Self-Righteous, with Stone's demonic Black IPA coming out on top.
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In some sad news, Chicago's own Goose Island announced that it was selling out to Anheuser-Bush this week. Goose Island, one of the older craft breweries in the nation, sold it's soul to the brewing devil for $38.8 million. The decision seems to have been made because of inability to meet demand. John Hall, founder of the 23 year old company, will stay on as CEO.
At the bottom of the article, there's a brief mention that GI becomes the 5th brewery in the top-20 craft breweries to sell-out in the past year. I understand the difficulties in meeting demand and continuing to grow your business, but does it have to end this way for some of the biggest names in the craft industry?
For my palate, selling out to the big-3 only drags you down into the corporate jizz-pool of tasteless swill. Sure, more people will now be exposed to your product, but at what cost to the quality and ingenuity of your brand? There's something special in the provincial nature that some of the best breweries in the country have to offer, or the truly limited, and daring, quality a rebellious brew holds. Corporate beer makes for lousy beer in my estimation. Just saying, but maybe mass-distribution isn't the answer.