It’s been an interesting week in the world of craft beer and since the partial acquisition of Lagunitas by Heineken. Since this news broke there’s been no shortage of opinions, commentary, and borderline raging rants on the subject. Coincidentally, before the news about Lagunitas broke some of the Sommbeer contributors have already been working on a collaborative piece about big beer buying little beer and David, our founder and fearless leader, was going to be part of that collaboration. Upon reviewing this piece I felt David’s opinion on the subject at hand warranted standing alone as it’s own piece. I’d like to reiterate that this is David’s opinion and that the subject of breweries being bought and sold as craft beer expands is something that really doesn’t have a right or wrong answer to it, and surely this debate will rage on endlessly. Our collaborative piece will follow still in the next few days, until then I encourage you to read David’s opinion and add comments. Discussing this topic freely may not change the fate of Lagunitas but as a community we encourage discussion in hopes of keeping craft beer independent.
From David- Founder of Sommbeer:
I don’t watch sports, I watch Wall Street. I’m an economics and finance nerd. As a kid I read Adam Smith’s book about free market economies. I am a capitalist and I am delighted to see good companies grow and succeed. When good breweries do good things they grow and when they grow really big they can become a takeover target. I am therefore emotionally challenged when a brewery like Lagunitas or Founders sells out to a large publicly traded company. Here’s the concern ….
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