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We recieve a lot of emails, tweets, Facebook posts, smoke signals, etc. from fans not in our 300 mile Dedicated Distribution Area asking when Schlafly Beer will be available for purchase in their neck of the woods. And almost always, with a heavy heart, I have to tell them that our capacity is currently maxed out at our two breweries and that there won’t be any major expansion to our distribution footprint in the near future.
Independent Brewers, often described today as Craft Brewers, are all thinking about brewing new beers, brewing more beer, selling more beer and how to market their beers. The how to make more beer or building “brewing capacity” and the how to develop the “selling and marketing capacity” have and continue to be two critical issues facing Craft Brewers. Craft Brewers are facing big decisions at a time when there is plenty of uncertainty.
The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc., brewer of Schlafly Beer has signed a purchase agreement that will transfer a 60% ownership interest in the business to a local investor group led by Wes Jones and John Lemkemeier of St. Louis and including David Schlafly, also of St. Louis, the first cousin of Tom Schlafly, Co-Founder and President of the company. The agreement provides for closing upon issuance of necessary licenses and permits from federal, state and local governments, a process that could take several months.
A few months ago, we announced an agreement to brew Schlafly Beer at the new Blackstone Brewery in Nashville. With those first brews scheduled to take place soon, we are also very pleased to announce that beginning in mid 2012, Schlafly Beer will also be brewed at a new brewery near Iowa City, Iowa called Backpocket Brewery.
I read the New York Times daily. I like the food section on a Wednesday and the travel section on the Sunday. I flip through the beer and food magazines and I surf the web. I read about all those “other” places where exciting things are happening and find myself wondering why aren’t more people talking about St. Louis?
The St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote today that the “Sale of Schlafly Brewer Nears”. This is an update on our succession planning. When you read the article, you will read that we have sent information to some potential local investors, “but it’s not to the point where there are formal discussions with any one party.”