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Re: “Be careful what you wish for

{I want to start by Thanking Mr. Bristol for Laughing Lab! One of my favorites!}

Here's the part of Mr. Bristol's argument (and I've heard it from other craft brewers as well) that just doesn't jive: If I can't find my Laughing Lab at King Soopers, which is my grocery of choice, I'm not going to just grab a Colorado Native instead. No, I'm going to go to my local liquor store that always carried Laughing Lab, and I'm going to say HI to all the other craftbrew drinkers joining me there. Bristol's sales stay the same, with small increase do to word-of-mouth.

"Convenience and price" over "taste and quality"? Really? Then how did craft brewing ever get a foothold in the first place?

I find the 900 out of business number to be highly exaggerated. I'd like to see the real numbers behind that analysis. I do expect *some* small stores to go out of business -- mainly the ones catering to the Coors/Bud/Miller crowd. "Hey Bubba, I can get my 40s at King Soopers! Cool!"

But liquor stores survive because they offer 2 things grocery chains do not: speciality and spirits. There is nothing in this law, or any other that has been proposed in the past 4 years, to expand the regulations to allow spirits or wine at groceries. If you want anything other than beer, you need a liquor store. The two survive in complement to each other. What I expect from this regulation is maybe the price of craft beers goes up a little, but the stores still carry them *because they are the ONLY place to find them!*... and there is room for MORE on their shelves as they stop carrying the major labels and catering to the "common" drinker.

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Posted by offdisc on 04/04/2011 at 11:34 PM

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