LouisvilleBeer.com, “HB168 Podcast”

“Tonight, on a very special Louisville Beer Podcast, we speak to Adam Watson, President of theKentucky Guild of Brewers and co-owner of Against the Grain Brewery and Elizabeth Post, spokesperson for the Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs and Growth about HB168. HB168 is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers from mega monopolistic …

Lexington Herald-Leader, “Cheers to clarifying state law on beer sales”

“It’s probably not possible to know now whether Kentucky law governing production and distribution of beer is so confusing by intent or mistake. Regardless, it’s time to clear it up. House Bill 168 promises to do that and protect the interests of beer producers and consumers in Kentucky. It should be passed. The bill seeks to prevent breweries from owning …

Wave 3, “Craft brewers lobby lawmakers as beer battle rages”

“Craft brewers said they fear Anheuser-Busch would buy more distributorships and crowd smaller competitors out of the market. Currently, out-of-state beer makers like Anheuser-Busch can own distribution centers in Kentucky, while in-state brewers cannot. “What we really want is for everybody to play by the same rules,” said Adam Watson, co-owner of Louisville-based Against The Grain. Watson said his company’s …

Louisville Business First, “Anheuser-Busch distributor campaigns to kill legislation that would kill it”

“Last year, Anheuser-Busch LLC, a Louisville-based distributor owned by multinational beverage giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, purchased Budweiser of Owensboro, a previously unaffiliated distributorship. That purchase started a debate about whether brewers should be able to distribute their own products. Opponents are concerned that allowing self-distributing could limit distribution options for independent brewers. And that debate led to legislation sponsored by House …

WDRB, “Kentucky bill pits micro breweries against big beer maker”

“House Bill 168 is pitting micro breweries against big beer makers in a fight over distribution rights. Kentucky micro breweries say the state’s distribution system isn’t fair and they want to close loop holes in the existing law. The bill would require all beer makers to use independent distributors. Due to Kentucky’s three-tier system, Kentucky beer makers must go through …

Insider Louisville, “In Kentucky’s ‘Beer War,’ Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl ad talks out of both sides of its wide-mouth can”

“While A-B InBev points to the success of the craft beer industry in Louisville over the past decade — where they have been a distributor — as a sign that they don’t hurt the industry, Watson says that is misleading. “Louisville’s craft beer boom has been in spite of, rather than because of, A-B’s involvement,” says Watson. “Louisville is large enough …

WKMS Public Radio, “Kentucky Microbreweries: Don’t Let Anheuser-Busch Own Beer Distributorships”

“Steve Gohmann, an economics professor at the University of Louisville, said it’s not surprising that Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, wants to protect the present system. “That makes sense for Budweiser because they can get more of their product on the shelves and not distribute other people’s beer and eliminate the competition from other breweries,” Gohmann said. Wine and spirits-makers are also …

WKYT, “Battle brewing between small and large beer distributors”

“It’s a battle brewing within the beer industry, and it’s making its way to the state legislature. A bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo would affect how beer is distributed in the state. House Bill 168 would prohibit those who have a brewer’s or out-of-state malt beverage license from also having a distributor’s license, much like the state’s system …

Lexington Herald-Leader “Tom Eblen: West Sixth Brewery finds community focus is good for business”

Craft brewers like Country Boy, West Sixth, Against the Grain, Blue Stallion and others enrich our communities with their great products and people. Craft brewers buy local and employ local. West Sixth donate 6 percent of profits to charity, plus make other donations and host monthly fundraisers where a different non-profit group receives 6 percent of sales. Last year, the company’s …

Nelson County Gazette, “Opinion: HB 168 will protect craft beer brewers access to Kentucky markets”

“Kentucky’s independent beer distributors employ over 1,520 workers in Kentucky with well-paying jobs that include health benefits. In fact, independent distributors employ more workers than ABInBev does in Louisville. These local distributors reinvest in their communities and employ both organized and unorganized labor. Members of Kentucky’s local beer industry contribute and serve on charitable boards in cities and towns across …