(Milton, DE) – Dogfish Head just made the official announcement.
The @midtownwine Twitter account reported yesterday that Dogfish Head was pulling out of 14 states or nearly half of its distribution area. This caused a frenzy and a long speculative thread on Beer Advocate which was eventually nuked because the above report was only partially true. If you’ve been following my Twitter feed this morning, you would have heard that Indiana and Tennessee were among the casualties. Now we know the others. Per the official blog:
In the past few months, weve alerted our wholesale partners in both the U.K. and Canada that we do not expect to be able to support any export in 2011. We need all the beer were brewing right now for the U.S. market. But realistically, we werent sending much there anyway, so we need to make even more changes. It is tough to hear from retailers across the country that they arent getting all the Dogfish they think they could sell, but without drastically changing our company and the way we operate, we cannot satisfy that demand.
So it is bittersweet for us to announce that we are pulling out of, or limiting some of our core beers from, a number of states. Yes this sucks. The glass-half-full view is that we (and a handful of other U.S. craft breweries making similar moves) have to do this because your numbers the number of U.S. drinkers buying and enjoying craft beer – are growing so quickly! We sincerely apologize for any frustrations this may cause distributors, retailers, and beer lovers who are affected by our decision. This decision will allow us to still get many different, exotic, Dogfish specialty and seasonal beers into our slightly smaller footprint. It will also ensure that more cases and kegs of our core, year-round beers will be available closer to home. The distributors in the states we are pulling distribution from (Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island) have already been notified of our decision. If your favorite pubs and beer outlets are no longer able to obtain Dogfish products, we are sorry that we are no longer able to supply them. Thanks for understanding and we are hopeful for your ongoing support.
In other news, the brewery still doesn’t have an air date for episode 6 of Brew Masters.
They’re also hoping to release 120 Minute IPA by the end of next month.