Last night, I was having some beers with folks at City Swiggers and one of the guys is in the process of starting a new brewery. This got us started about contract brewing which seems to be a growing trend as of late.
The overall consensus is that breweries that focus on the beer and refuse to contract brew usually put out a better product. We all seemed to agree that there is nothing wrong with a brewery choosing to stay small and local, ie: New Glarus. I feel New Glarus makes amazing beer and yes I wish I could get it regularly here in NYC but the fact that I can’t makes it more special when I manage to have some.
The other reason contract brewing is bad, especially in my opinion, is that when a beer is contract brewed it is not usually brewed with the same love and passion as it would be brewed with at the brewery itself.
Anyways, in fairness I didn’t call out any breweries for now. Share your thoughts in the comments as I am curious to hear what others think.
And that’s … From My Mellin!