Brewery's unethical behavior in Chicago?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Flyway, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    My first thought exactly.
  2. immobilisme

    immobilisme Aspirant (231) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    If you (and a couple other folks) read the tweet again, you will see that he is not saying that it is a Chicago-based brewery. He says a large craft brewer is playing the dirty games IN Chicago.

    He certainly isn't mad at Two Brothers, they are making a beer together!

    I don't want to make any assumptions, but why would an established brewery with a long-term distributor in the area have any dirty games to play? Now look at the flip side and you may have a possible answer.

    Of course, that is just one man's thoughts on the vague tweet.
  3. revbdub5446

    revbdub5446 Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2009 Illinois

    Sounds like greg is butt hurt that he made his big chicago debut almost 3 years ago, and no one cares. Bars aside, we make our own decisions as consumers....there hasnt been one stone product that doesnt sit on the shelves.. Even when patronizing a craft beer bar, stone is usually not what im looking for... Furthermore if stone pulled out of ill, i dont think anyone would give a rat's ass.
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  4. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    If Stone pulled their beer out of CA I wouldn't give a rats ass. Problem is the distribute everything in SoCal, so let's keep that arm of the business!
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  5. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    It's hilarious he's taking the "I am in the worst mood today, I can't believe what just happened. But won't supply any details or answer any posts" Facebook-style approach
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  6. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Ruination 10th Anniversary was ridiculously good and was scooped up pretty quick. Now that 16th Anniversary IPA.....
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  7. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Maybe I'm completely wrong in all this..

    But the tweet doesn't mention a brewery specifically from Chicago.

    Just what they are doing in the Chicago market. Perhaps a recent brewer that has entered the market.

    I paused and gave thought to this while taking a casual stroll through the beer area while grocery shopping this weekend.

    I may be wrong.. but just thought it was worth pointing out.
  8. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    For what it's worth, if you check in on his twitter page, there is more detail/banter about the subject, via an ongoing conversation on Twitter with Roger from New Albanion amongst others. Seems to have died down since yesterday but I agree with their sentiments. I love those new Albanion guys, they're always a hit at the Indiana festivals.
  9. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Absolutely fair points -- and I never really thought Two Brothers/Windy City Distribution would be up to anything unethical. But I was reading it as a Chicago brewery and you're right, it is hardly clear at all that's what he was getting at.

    Admittedly, I'm just a backseat driver/armchair quarterback in all this. I've always been curious about the business side of beer and how all the different, moving pieces come together. Seeing someone as high profile as Stone's owner come out with something about our city... But along the lines of what FlssmrBrewAlum is saying, I was a little surprised to see so many end caps of Kona and Deschutes at Jewel today. New to the market or not, those placements can't come easy.
  10. sacullen

    sacullen Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2008 Illinois

    While true, Bell's Oberon and Great Lakes Christmas get displays that rival Castle Vav's at my Jewel (Milwaukee/Paulina).
  11. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (201) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    They've been in Chicago for a lot longer than two weeks though...
  12. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    since we don't know the details or the brewery can we just say it was Finch since piling on Finch seems to be a consistent theme around here?
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  13. ppohio

    ppohio Initiate (172) Aug 5, 2011 Illinois
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    Fucking FINCH I bought Black Butte and Longboard from the end caps at Jewel and when I got home I found they were just fucking glass bottle necks glued to the tops of FINCH cans!! These breweries are out of control!
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  14. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Ben finch has been pullin banksy styled pranks on the Chicago beer community for years.
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  15. Mahoning

    Mahoning Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013

    Am I the only one who thought he was referring to the guy from Lagunitas who said when his brewpub opens he would have no problem poaching employees from Goose Island because they're owned by AB-InBev?
  16. harrylee773

    harrylee773 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2010 Illinois

    We definitely need more jokes about how corrupt Chicago is in this thread.
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  17. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Devotee (481) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Revolution poached a lot of GI's brewpub staff, and Mr. pee in his beer partially returned the favor when he hung his 'I make cider' shingle. No big news.
  18. misterid

    misterid Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    like this if you cry every time
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  19. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Yeah those idiots just caterwaul and yell Hey. Did you see them on SNL? Terrible, off key the whole time.

    Or Of Monsters and Men or whatever...and Eliot sharp, or those yahoos that did the Corona commericals.

    Nuts to pseudo folk rock.

    Edit: The above is an example of what kind of quality posting your dollars can pay for! Sign up today!
  20. beergurujr

    beergurujr Aspirant (230) Oct 27, 2003 Illinois

  21. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

  22. emagdnim13

    emagdnim13 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    Deschutes/Wirtz is not what Greg is talking about. I have worked closely with the launch of Deschutes in IL and Wirtz has gone above and beyond to ensure they are not playing these games that Chicago is known for.
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  23. ClubberLang

    ClubberLang Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2007 Illinois

    I think the proliferation of Deschutes is probably due to it being Wirtz's first (and so far only) craft brand, so it's getting massive amounts of push from them. Nearly every bar in the distribution area gets booze from Wirtz, so pretty much every bar is probably going to get a sales pitch on Deschutes. Also, Deschutes makes good beer and is a fairly well known craft brand, and they had their people out here doing a ton of events at a lot of different bars.
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  24. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Serious questions, when did New Belgium enter the Chicago market? How many handles did they open with? And is 550 handles really that much in such a big, beer centered city?
  25. 2BDChicago

    2BDChicago Aspirant (253) Nov 21, 2010 Illinois
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    Not spinning this as a negative, but since Wirtz has been introduced as a sub-category to this thread...anybody surprised that Greenbush signed up w/ Wirtz?

    And, does the Vav subcription blogsphere sign-up include any swag?
  26. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Not at all, Greenbush had a relationship with Phil before he went to Wirtz. Would have been surprised if they had gone with anybody but Wirtz.
  27. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    funny story about NB entering chicago. back before i was really into craft beer (and i bit after i turned 21), a friend of mine said "hey, there's this restaurant that has this awesome beer that you can't get in chicago called fat tire." so we went, ate really awesome pizza, and drank fat tire. about a year later, i saw it on the shelf, and on the label it said it was the first fat tire served legally in chicago.
  28. jefeld

    jefeld Initiate (168) Mar 31, 2010 Illinois
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    you are referring to bricks pizza. great pie! great bar.
  29. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (288) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

  30. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    yep, that's the one. love the sweet heat.
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  31. beergurujr

    beergurujr Aspirant (230) Oct 27, 2003 Illinois

    Is there a Pizza Advocate web site?
  32. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Tony Magee's Twitter comments:

    "Saw today that a brewer from San Diego 'announced' a some unnamed larger craft brewer was gonna be giving a lot of free beer to retailers."

    "This was going to be happening in Chicago. 1st bizarre thing: people thought he knew what he was talking about. 2nd: that anyone cared."

    "We're allocating beer everywhere means; none to give away. Ya can usually tell what folks are most guilty of by what they accuse others of."
  33. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (332) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Magee vs Koch in a no rope barbed wire electrified cage of death match. Time to settle the score Japan death match style. Enough of this back and forth Internet shit talking garbage!
  34. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Saw magees tweet earlier, was kinda bummed he used the same facebook ambiguity as koch. But count me in as patiently awaiting koch's rebuttal
  35. shadowane

    shadowane Aspirant (202) Sep 7, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    To throw some more fuel on the rumor fire, Boulevard just switched to the MillerCoors family of distributors in Chicago apparently.
  36. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Windy City was sold to Reyes Holdings in December. Reyes also owns Chicago Beverage Systems, part of the MillerCoors distribution network.
  37. Hoozierdaddy

    Hoozierdaddy Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2009 Illinois

    Wow. Mcgee is not at all shy about throwing down a gauntlet and havin it rattle around on the floor, is he?
  38. trbergman

    trbergman Defender (664) Nov 17, 2006 England

    Yes, but Boulevard was formerly distributed by Fox Deluxe, not Windy City.

    As for Lagunitas, I can't even get all of the cases I order. If they can't keep up with demand, why the fuck would they give beer away for free? Sense, this makes none.

    Edit: By the above, I mean to say that the allegation against Lagunitas is bogus, just to be clear.
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  39. Hoozierdaddy

    Hoozierdaddy Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2009 Illinois

    I wonder if Greg's ambiguity is biting him in the ass. It's possible he's not referring to Lagunitas right? In which case be probably should have named names or said nothing at all.
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