Maybe so -- hopefully so, if you're a Dogfish Head fan. But taken together with the recent flurry of acquisitions noted above, the news represents a fundamental market truth that we've been calling for a while: Craft beer is growing up.
With each new handshake -- be it with a macro, or another craft brewer, or private investors -- the industry's oft-mythologized camaraderie and independence becomes more of a myth. Craft beer is a business, man, and it's starting to act like one.
So is the civil war coming to craft beer? “It does seem like battle lines are being drawn, even more so than a few months ago," speculated Steinman. "Whether it’s an all out war..." He scoffed doubtfully. "Eh, not yet.”
Give it a few more months.
Dave Infante is a senior writer for Thrillist. He won't say he told you so, but... he told you so. Follow @dinfontay on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.