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Russian River pulling out of WA?

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by distantmantra, Dec 31, 2012.

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  1. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    One of my buddies is down at Super Deli Mart right now and overheard the owner talking about Russian River pulling out of the state. Anyone heard something similar or is he just talking out of his ass?
     
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  2. bgramer

    bgramer Feb 10, 2006 Washington

    Nope. It's true, unfortunately.
     
  3. Dogfishipas

    Dogfishipas May 3, 2008 Washington

    Great, now the world knows and I have to go buy up anything and everything before all of you do haha. Any reasoning why?
     
  4. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Can't keep up with demand at home base.
     
  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I wonder if they're pulling out of Oregon as well?
     
  6. honkduh

    honkduh Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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  7. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Yeah, my buddy didn't want to believe it and neither did I. Figured someone here would know for sure.

    Oh well, at least I got to try Younger last February. Gonna miss the -tion beers. :-(
     
  8. bgramer

    bgramer Feb 10, 2006 Washington

    Maybe. Its also possible they're reshifting distribution to other markets that have more sell-through. A friend recently commented that in his holiday trip to CO this year, he saw RR beers for the first time.
     
  9. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Colorado has been getting RR for quite some time, though. That's nothing new.
     
  10. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Eh. A few Elder once in a while, -tion once in a great while. I'll live.
     
  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I just got this information from a tweet from Cooper's Ale House. This is a major bummer. I love me some PtE.
     
  12. bgramer

    bgramer Feb 10, 2006 Washington

    Why not try Fremont's The Brother? Its comparable to Elder, if not better because its local and quite fresh? :)
     
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  13. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I think The Sister is a better comparison to Elder, actually. But Brother is still incredible, though.

    From Full Throttle's Facebook feed:

    "It is with great sadness that I announce the withdrawal of Russian River Brewing Company from the State of Washington Market. A formal letter was sent to all of their wholesale customers, I received mine today. I will miss their amazing beers, and I know all of you will also. We look forward to the day they are able to produce enough to satisfy our demand. Buy bye!!!"
     
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  14. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    Had me a Sister last night and it was utterly delicious.
     
  15. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

     
  16. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I am a huge fan of both The Brother and The Sister. The challenge in comparing these to PtE is that neither Fremont DIPA is bottled/canned. I get growlers of both of these pretty regularly but it's not like a can just have a pint at home when I want one.

    I'm seriously bummed about RR's decision.
     
  17. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    What I get out of this thread is that I can now trade Pliny for limited Cascade releases.

    #wintrades
     
  18. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Maybe not, all we know is they're pulling out of Washington. Nothing about Oregon.
     
  19. dirtylou

    dirtylou May 12, 2005 Washington
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    This sucks. The letter from the Brewery is a bit disingenuous. Maybe try pulling out of f*cking Philadelphia first?
     
  20. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Thank you. I'm glad someone else feels this way. They sell everything they ship up to WA, and it's definitely cheaper than going across the country to PA.
     
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  21. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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  22. SeaAle

    SeaAle Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    To me it sounds like they're not doing well financially.
     
  23. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I ain't even mad. I occasionally buy one of their sours but the selection around here has improved so much they are kind of old hat.
     
  24. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    How do you get that? It sounds like they can sell as much as they can make in the Bay Area and see no reason making smaller margins shipping it elsewhere. Which makes sense, I wish they'd pull out of Philly, Colorado, Oregon, and even SoCal until it's not a PITA to find Pliny in Oakland.
     
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  25. SeaAle

    SeaAle Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    I don't know but the whole major reorganization externally and internally sounds a little odd. To often that means money problems.
     
  26. csano

    csano Sep 21, 2010 Washington

    I agree. And they've got 20 investors? That's crazy.
     
  27. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    If they had money problems you'd think they'd cut all out-of-state distribution, not just WA.
     
  28. SeaAle

    SeaAle Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    Who says that isn't coming.
     
  29. pjdipes

    pjdipes Nov 18, 2012 Washington

    Sucks, bad....Pliny helped me enter the craft beer world. Well, now to buy up all the Supplication and Consecration I can find. :)
     
  30. Lordkrystic

    Lordkrystic Jul 18, 2012 Washington

    sounded more like an excuse to me.
     
  31. duketheredeemer

    duketheredeemer Jan 21, 2007 Washington

    ugh hate yuo. When I come down to visit I'm bringing back like infinity cases.
     
  32. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    More or less. Warn Bottle Barn to be on the lookout for strangers w/ Washington plates.
     
  33. Mages64

    Mages64 Sep 7, 2009 Washington
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    "managing of our own brand"
    yech
     
  34. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    The thing is that I completely fail to see how that's possible. They instantly sell everything they make, the pub is packed all the time, the only way they're not super profitable is if they're managed really poorly. Which would prompt reorganization, but isn't necessarily going to be the cause of one.

    It's also possible (and, IMO, more likely) that they want to get rid of the investors and so are trying to make more money to pay them off by a certain date.
     
  35. BillHilly

    BillHilly Oct 17, 2010 Washington
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    Probably due to the 37M people in CA alone...why ship out of state? Don't blame them...
     
  36. Arbitrator

    Arbitrator Nov 26, 2008 California

    Sounds like consolidating resources to me; it happens at periodic stages after a growth process (identifying inefficiencies, clarifying roles, eliminating redundancies).

    Their brewpub is packed to the gills and their beers rarely stay on shelves; I think they realized they can sell the same amount while reducing distribution expenses somewhat -- this could lead to a margin increase, something their investors are probably thrilled about.

    Like I've said in some threads in US - Pacific, I generally don't find Pliny anymore without some effort, and it's been a long time since I've seen it on a shelf even though RR is in my backyard. I would really love to find my local beer more readily. :)
     
  37. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    It's pretty easy to find Pliny on shelves in SF.*



    *for about one business day every week
     
  38. OakedCanuck

    OakedCanuck Jun 23, 2009 Washington

    They must be Catholic.

    <rimshot>
     
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  39. Texwild

    Texwild May 1, 2008 Washington
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    Sad but give Vinnie and Natalie the benefit of the doubt. They've earned it. They will be back. Respect. And sadness but it is only beer and they have given so much to us. Patience. It takes time and hard choices to build a great brewery. Give them their earned trust. Because Beer Matters!
     
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  40. draheim

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Well this certainly isn't how I wanted to start out the new year.
     
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