sounds reasonable, right?
the devil, as always, is in the details, and the fine print on this legislation duly defines "craft brewers" as anyone shipping fewer than 6 million barrels (83 million cases) of beer per year. doesn't take a rocket scientist to scan the shipments data to see that this line conveniently places sam adams (the nation's largest brewer) in the "craft" camp, and isolates their competitors (bud, miller, etc.) in comparative shackles on the other side. as such, this bill can be construed as a craven attempt by sam adams to put the screws to their distributors in a way that their competition can't--and to "sell" such to the public in such sheep's clothing is crossing my line into legislative malfeasance.
the information i'd dearly like to have would be the lobbying money invested by sam adams in the various state senators' campaigns who are now blathering this malarkey in our legislature. yes, craft brewers can surely use the right to fairly negotiate for the placement of their product. no, sam adams isn't by any stretch of the imagination such an outfit, no matter how folksy they try to portray themselves on tv. (and their beer sucks, imho, which makes it even worse). change the cutoff to less than a million barrels, (less than 15 million cases), and it might make better sense.
until then, support your local bar and your local brewery--order harpoon ipa wherever you go. that's my proposal.