Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:50 PM
It wouldn't be worth controlling older breweries, might as well keep them mildly independent. There was an article on the BBC website (I think) last month or so which showed how pubs are being controlled more and more by mass breweries nowadays, limiting drinkers to certain brands of beer. Real shame if you ask me. Is this the same in the States? Do you find the same beers in every single bar?
Some breweries they took a more controlling stance with. When Anheuser-Busch took over Rolling Rock they changed the recipe and turned the beer to crap. I think they knew if they did that with Goose Island there would be backlash since Goose Island is probably more popular than Rolling Rock was at the time of that buyout. We'll see what happens a few years down the road though if they think their recipes are too expensive for their liking.
You kind of have to go to the right bars if you're looking for good beer, a lot of places are just typical crap but recently some are bringing in a couple taps of some basic craft beer like Sam Adams or a pale ale here and there. However, A-B and MillerCoors have been known to come out with their own versions of certain styles and then pushing them on bars to replace the craft beer with their imitation, offering discounts on kegs and stuff which is illegal.
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