Lexington Herald-Leader, “Bill protects Kentucky-based beer industry”

“House Bill 168, introduced by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family-owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers from mega monopolistic brewers expanding in our state.

Following the takeover of Anheuser-Busch by InBev in 2008, the company has sought to expand control and grow profits by purchasing beer distributorships. That’s a problem especially for entrepreneurial craft brewers who rely on independent beer distributors to obtain access to markets.

Mega monopolies like AB-InBev only distribute their own product, at the exclusion of new, local brands. That means when it takes control of a family-owned distributorship, it drops craft beer brands that are not a part of its product line.”