Sconnie Loses Another Big One 17

Late last week Dogfish Head announced they were pulling out of Wisconsin. You can read more behind the decision on the DFH blog.

I know this will disappoint many fans of their beer.  It will also frustrate some folks looking to try some of the products featured on the Discovery Channel’s excellent new show, “Brew Masters“, even though it seems to be on hiatus after only 5 episodes.  Further, this comes on the heels of another popular brewer withdrawing from Wisconsin. Stone Brewing left the state late last year.

Does all this mean Wisconsin can’t support craft beers? For an excellent take on the Sconnier beer scene, check out the always strong Madison Beer Review. Further, Wisconsin is home to some excellent craft brewers in their own right.  Perhaps people up there just prefer to drink local?

Either way, I’m going to miss being able to make the drive up to Madison and get Dogfish beer.

  • http://www.brewmaniacs.com storminspank

    So disheartening to hear this. But, hey, Wisconsin lost Stone and they came to Minnesota. Maybe we can hope DFH follows their lead!

    • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

      Stop gloating.

  • http://www.brewmaniacs.com Flenker

    Wisconsin has New Glarus, all is not lost. Stone is coming to Missouri, too, so maybe they’ll make it back there?

    • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

      New Glarus isn’t in the same league. And stop gloating.

  • Sparky

    I bet I have better abs than Sam Calagione. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years, but I bet they are still there.

    • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

      That’s just hot.

    • MetsFanVI

      I have an ab.

  • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

    This pisses me off. I talked to the guy who manages the Steve’s I go to when Stone pulled out. He thought price point in the face of one of the beeriest states in the country was a deal breaker for a lot of Sconnies. Plus, I think the majority of Sconnies are happy with their blue or red beers.

  • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

    And by the way, I mourn this because I finally figured out Steve’s had Squall, DFH’s wonderfully peachy DIPA (or was it an IPA?). Anyway, it was terrific and now it’s gone.

    I’ve only seen DFH get as exotic as 90 IPA here in Iowa. And that was few and far between.

    • MetsFanVI

      I told you the Squall was good stuff. It’s my favorite DFH from an admittedly small sample size.

    • MetsFanVI

      I forgot to add the reason you never saw much DFH in Iowa is they never actually distributed here. The DFH you did find was actually brought in through an Illinois distributor who brought it across the boarder illegally. That has since stopped.

      • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

        It sure has. Can’t even find the 60.

        Last time I was at Family Beer, there wasn’t a single bottle of DFH in the place. I think this was at the height of Brew Masters.

  • vaHawkeye

    That stinks. vaHawkeye is available for emergency shipments as needed.

    At least you all still have Capital Brewery and New Glarus.

    • http://www.brewmaniacs.com MetsFanVI

      For all the hype New Glarus gets, I have to have one of their beers I’d go out of my way for. They just don’t do it for me. *shrugs*

      • http://www.brewmaniacs.com marcmorehouse

        Capital is OK. I wouldn’t drive up to Madison for it. They do grow some hops on Washington Island, way up on Lake Michigan, which I find very cool.

        • http://www.brewmaniacs.com storminspank

          Capital is very underwhelming.

      • http://www.brewmaniacs.com storminspank

        New Glarus is average, but that a few really good beers for their styles. I love their Fat Squirrel and their Snowshoe Ale is really good too. I think Spotted Cow is severely overrated, but it’s still good.