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."
Personally, I'd like more of Cigar City's Cubano-style espresso brew. But to each his own.
Lozoff summed it all up: "The silver lining to all of this, however, is that beer drinkers have a lot of options to choose from, and no matter how many buyouts and investments we see in the coming years, that's not going to change. If you don't want to buy from a brewery because they're not independent, buy from a brewery that is. And if you still want to drink your Hunahpu, by all means."
You know, if you can find any. But maybe that'll change.
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist, and thinks more Cigar City is good for everyone. Follow him to Jai Alai IPAs: @LeeBreslouer.