(Minneapolis, MN) – Surly Brewing Company founder, Omar Ansari, joined Minnesota Public Radio in late November to chat about a number of topics related to the beer market both on a national level and a local level.
Some of the more interesting moments from the interview came when Ansari discussed the ‘big beer’ companies. One of those moments is captured below…
Q: Is there more competition for raw materials, especially for hops?
A: [...] That’s always the fear on my end when the big guys get in, if the Buds and Millers decide to get more into craft beer and just go and somehow figure out how to buy all of the supply of it, that is kind of a terrifying prospect.
Q: Do you think that they are looking at that?
A: Well, Budweiser bought Goose Island out of Chicago, one of the older craft breweries, and they’re allowing them to do what they want to do and getting more of that beer out there but for someone that runs a craft brewery, I can’t say it is anything but kind of terrifying for them to come in because they have other motives than just trying to make good beer.
Ansari also touched on topics like the craft beer bubble, growth in Minnesota’s beer scene, challenges in opening a new brewery and working to change state laws. Watch the hour-long video below.