31 March 2012
Steve Hindy from Brooklyn brewery responds to Shanken News Daily:
SND: What are the biggest challenges facing craft brewers today?
Hindy: The issue of succession is a big concern for my generation of craft brewers. Some have answers to it, but I think others will sell out to bigger brewers. All of the big brewers who aren’t in this category are interested in entering it, and those that are already in it are aiming to expand their craft presence.
SND: How will further involvement by major breweries change the craft beer business?
Hindy: There will be a distinction between those breweries that are owned by the big guys and independent craft brewers. But the more that craft brewers sell out to the big brewers, the more the lines get blurred. Part of the attraction of craft beer is that it’s independently and locally owned. Craft brewers across the country are very involved with their communities in a way that the big brewers just can’t duplicate.