What this means for you, America's beer drinker
More beer for everyone! Potentially!
Terry Lozoff of Drink Insider says that craft brewery ownership by investment groups or international conglomerates hasn't produced "many tangible signals yet as to how all of this may negatively impact consumers." He says that it may cause "well-funded breweries [to] expand faster and compete harder," which could potentially hurt local/regional breweries... but the end result? "You may get access to Cigar City's beers sooner than you would have otherwise."
Hell, as it's tough to get certain Cigar City beers in Tampa. That's like living in a town called Egg McMuffin, South Dakota and not being able to buy a GD Egg McMuffin.
Bryan Carey of Great Beer Now paints a similar rosy picture for Cigar City's future. "Freed from financial constraints and with the backing of Oskar Blues marketing muscle, Cigar City Brewing will grow and thrive, producing even more creative beers and distributing them to more places," he says. "I look forward to the day when I can finish off a can of Yella Pils and then light up with a Florida Cracker, all from the comfort of my Texas home."