Off-Premise Craft: A Tough Summer

While taprooms and brewpubs continue to boom, off-premise craft seems to be showing early signs of tapping out. Amid yesterday's news that North Texas' Grapevine Brewing ceasing distribution and focusing solely on their taproom, and comments from several local and regional craft brewers lately telling us they make a majority of profits from their taprooms, the new reality is that more and more beer is flowing to the consumer outside of the three-tier system. As we know, the on-premise (outside of tap rooms) has been struggling for some time. But now that malaise is leaking into the off-premise chain arena as well, apparently.

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