The company began as a brewing supply store in 1992 and started producing beer in 1996. Its flagship product is the Sculpin IPA though it produces dozens of different nautical-themed beers and spirits, including canned cocktails like the Three Sheets Rum & Cola. Though the company has seen continual growth throughout the years, reliance on the southern Californian market has raised concerns. The public option will make for an influx of shareholder cash, and allow the company the capital to expand its products and maintain competitiveness in the constantly growing market of craft breweries.
As craft beers’ presence continues to grow in the beer market, reliance on local distributors and bars may not be enough to support a company. The public option may be a valid alternative to selling to a large beer company such as AB-InBev, like so many have done recently.
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