Now, it’s personal.
Yesterday, Boston Biz Journals reported that Boston Beer Co. sued Anchor Brewers and Distillers over an allegedly breached noncompete agreement with one of Anchor’s newly-hired employees. Jim Koch forwarded a statement to Beer Advocate today. Interesting snippet here:
Boston Beer has a policy of respecting similar agreements other craft brewers have with their employees and they normally do the same. We don’t poach employees from other craft brewers who are under agreement with their employer. A great respect and collegiality exists in the craft brewing community. The new owners of Anchor Brewing, who just recently acquired the Company after successful careers in the vodka business, may not be fully up to speed on how folks in the craft beer business have, in the past, dealt with this issue without litigation.
Full statement available (with free membership) at Sam Adams goes after Anchor Brewing – BeerAdvocate.