I think it's telling that the anonymous source wants to make sure people with more money are treated fairly. I wouldn't reveal my identity either if my opinions were so icky.
Allowing on premise sales is tantamount to a rain drop in a large lake. I would take advantage of on premise sales, but I would still buy the majority of my beer from the package stores. Growlers are not the best deal when buying beer. I would only purchase if it was a once in awhile beer, or a favorite that I am unable to purchase in a store.
The slippery slope perspective is absurd and just exposes the greed of the wholesalers and distributors. If they honestly think places like Wrecking Bar and Max Lagers would rather do without a wholesaler distributing their product, they are clueless.
The gloom and doom from the wholesalers and distributors is a lot of hyperventilating over what will turn out to a minor speed bump for their bottom line, if any. In all those other states that allow breweries sell direct to the consumer I do not see any evidence that the above entities are hurting in any way. Just the typical situation of them trying to not lose even one dime, despite anyone else it might hurt.
Choice is better. Let the brewers decide if they do better with distributors or not.
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