Here is a sign, spotted in a Safeway grocery store, that absolutely pisses me off.
1) Why can’t grocery stores sell craft beer? Because if they did it would more or less put your small neighborhood liquor store out of business. Specialty stores keep the lights on by selling the 30 packs of rocks and handles of Svedka so they can also stock the more unique beers.
1a) If places like Safeway or Kroger started to stock craft beers, you know they wouldn’t have the kind of selection that your local specialty store does.
1b) The distribution models, the profit margins, and a ton of other factors in retail economics would pretty much make it impossible for the smaller, finer craft brands to try and gain a foothold in all of the Safeways of the world. Smaller breweries depend on smaller stores. And smaller stores depend on you, the consumer, to buy more from them so they can continue to bring you really cool shit. If the Safeways of the world stocked craft beer, we’d be able to buy a handful of varieties and the smaller breweries would go out of business.
2) Oh, look, another corporation using their resources and influence to sway public opinion on how laws should be! That’s ended well before.
3) “Colorado is only one of five states to still have outdated prohibition laws on the books.” And, likely because of these outdated laws we can also account for 1 out of every 15 jobs to be tied to the brewing industry and about 6% of the states overall economy is from the beer industry alone. Changing the laws so that an out-of-state company can potentially increase their earnings an eighth of a percent and put a lot of people out of jobs, as well as dry up the brewing scene in Denver? Yeah, no thanks.