In June, the brewery introduced it could be reducing all distribution exterior California and ceasing manufacturing of its fan-favorite winter Christmas Ale. On the time, Anchor Brewing workers raised issues to VinePair, saying that Sapporo did not perceive craft beer within the U.S. and blaming it for mismanaging the corporate, making “rookie errors left and proper.” Employees unionized in 2019. The union launched a press release via Twitter in the present day concerning the brewery closure, saying the transfer is “the tragic consequence of a multi-billion greenback, transnational company, headquartered throughout the Pacific Ocean, taking up a neighborhood establishment and failing to know how you can market, promote, and distribute a terrific product that has been cherished for generations.”
In 2022, CNN reported that the yr would doubtless be a “make-or-break” yr for struggling craft brewers. The lingering results of the pandemic, the warfare in Ukraine resulting in disruptions in wheat and barley provide, shortage of aluminum for cans, and climbing price of manufacturing, operation, and distribution had been all cited. Although there was an industry-wide bump in 2021, which Anchor additionally benefited from, and craft beer’s share of the beer market grew by 13.2% in 2022, the general beer market shrank 3% final yr. 319 breweries closed in 2022, outpacing 2019 because the file yr for brewery closures. With Anchor’s closing in 2023, 127 years after it started fermenting the craft brewing scene within the U.S., it calls to query what the way forward for the craft beer enterprise will seem like.