Free the Hops – “a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Alabama” – has initiated a boycott on all products distributed by Anheuser-Busch in their home state. Their justification for the boycott is the alleged efforts A-B is taking against their moves to “modernize” the alcohol laws in the state, and to “remove the crippling restrictions which prevent new breweries and brewpubs from opening.”
Why should we Coloradans care about this? Some of our favorite local craft beers are distributed by A-B:
- Great Divide
The full list of brands they are boycotting is available here.
My personal take is that I understand the frustration of people in Alabama with their antiquated laws, but I think boycotting craft brewers for using a resource they could never afford to set up on their own is the wrong way to go about it.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments.