Ok so Elysian is being purchased by Anheuser-Busch/InBev. So what? How is this affecting your life move on! Grow up!
Beer besides being a passion, is a business, let’s not forget that. If someone told you I’m going to give you millions of dollars and you continue to run the company and make a salary and change nothing, you’re not going to take that? F OUTTA HERE! Just like Goose Island this changes nothing? Where are these beer aficionados sense of morals when they camp out in the cold two days before Black Friday to buy Bourbon County Vanilla? Shut your pint hole and move on, this is the way business works.
These guys work hard and a pioneer like Dick Cantwell shouldn’t be dragging through the mud just because he’s being given a shit load of money to continue doing what he’s doing. We all like to fight the system, I get it, it’s fun, it gives us purpose, it brings us together, it gives us a rally cry but in the end money talks and blog posts like these fall on deaf ears when those ears are stuffed with wads of cash.
I challenge you instead to embrace the Elysian deal, if not drink something else. You too have the power to speak with your wallet, just don’t buy the beer if you feel that strongly about it. With over 3,000 other breweries in the United States I’m sure you’re not going to be at a loss.
Drink what you like and stop trying to be a craft beer evangelist.