"A lot"? The very new ones, maybe, but I can't imagine any brewery that's been around a few years still using a volunteer packaging staff. It's a huge liability. The more likely thing is that a brewery uses volunteers to staff the tours (who work for 3 hours and tend to walk away with some nice tips). If the tour can start turning profits by selling pints, those tour employees can be hired on.
The bill does not allow for both sales and the current "free tours" structure. Either breweries will offer tours much like it is now (you pay for the glass, in which case they can legally still offer the free sample cup), or they can sell a limited amount by-the-pint. It will not be the breweries' decision to keep offering free sample cups if the bill goes into effect as originally written, as it will do away with the current tour structure.
While I see your point about low-income folks also being deserving of fun times, in then end a brewery is a business and not a public service. It's not about "hating poor people", and 32 oz. is not exactly a token amount when taken in bulk. You can't walk into your local coffee shop or burger joint and get a token shot of espresso or one slider for free. If one day everyone stopped buying glasses and took the free option, breweries would have to stop offering tours or risk going into the red. It's more than just the production cost of the beer that gets given away (which is significantly more than gets spilled, BTW); there's a public space to maintain, electricity being used for lights and separate cooling systems, a staff to pay, a band to pay, public service officers/security to pay in some cases, and myriad little things to think about. The brewery is also on-the-hook for all taxes for all beer poured at tours, though little profit was made from it. Plus yeah, as a business the brewery needs to come out ahead with profits on their tours so they can continue to grow.
I'm happy to see Turner embracing more craft beer, but what people aren't understanding is that it's not about a supply issue from the smaller suppliers: those brews were already only offered in a few spots, not stadium-wide, and their placement would reflect how much Turner could get from the distributor. Also, the other breweries didn't roll over by choice- they'd love to still be placed at Turner. They're not exactly pumped about being pushed out, believe me. As it says in the article, they weren't even informed of it, let alone given a chance to counter-offer or negotiate. Turner simply didn't order their products from the distributor.
It's all about money. SweetWater paid a pretty hefty sum to Turner to become the exclusive craft beer. A sum of money no other local brewery had the means to offer. It's essentially a sponsorship deal with Turner, and as a stipulation of said sponsorship requested the other companies be removed.
Craft is supposed to applaud collaboration and joining together for the greater good of building a strong craft beer industry, and it is saddening to see a craft company that doesn't want to play well with others.
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