Back in June I posted, Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch and seeing a man about a hop! and As rare as Rocking Horse shit! , this after I had re-tweeted a couple of stories about Flying Dog Brewery.
The first – dated June 6th concerned Flying Dog Brewery CEO, Jim Caruso, announcing that the company was halting distribution in five states. Caruso in a letter to distributors wrote:
“As local demand for Flying Dog beers continue to soar, we are concentrating our distribution in our home markets and Flying Dog beers will not be available in your territory for some unknown period of time.
This is no doubt disappointing news, but it is a necessary decision and consistent with the new age of craft beer and the focus on local markets.”
Flying Dog wasn’t alone amongst American craft breweries having to re-evaluate its distribution network, as Dogfish Head, Great Divide and others had also reduced the number of states they supplied. And with distribution in 45 states and 20 countries prior to this contraction, the move by Flying Dog was perhaps inevitable. (more…)