lestermagnum t1_je2dbws wrote

Meetings like this get continued all the time, for a myriad of reasons. Assuming it was because of public pressure is a pretty big leap.

The minutes of these sorts of meetings are usually made public. It shouldn’t be too hard to find out what happened.


lestermagnum t1_jddsrgy wrote

But then the smaller breweries teaming up with the same distributors as the bigger ones would mean that the small ones would have access to the exact same delivery and sales infrastructure as the bigger ones. They could distribute further, have access to way more stores and bars, and not have to invest capital into their own system.

Basically any retail place that sells Whalers or Narragansett would have immediate access and ability to purchase and sell Moniker or Rejects or whatever.


lestermagnum t1_jdd0ob1 wrote

Wouldn’t not passing this give an unfair advantage to the breweries with enough money the self-distribute? It costs a lot to set that up - you need your own trucks, drivers, insurance, and sales reps. It seems to me that having the same distribution rules for all breweries, both big and tiny, levels the playing field for everyone.


lestermagnum t1_jc8ed1a wrote

The place isn’t called “Weird Fiction Arts and Sciences”. Literally it is named after a horrible bigot and white supremest who admired Hitler and wanted to gas Chinatown, among many other terrible idea. Google the name of his cat for gods sake.

They sell tote bags and t-shirts with his likeness on them. They advocated for putting a statue of the man on public land. They have a weekend long celebration of him on his birthday. And had to issue an apology for some of the speakers espousing white supremest rhetoric at the celebration.

My argument is that this is very much a celebration of the man as much as it about his stories. “Sure he was an absolutely horrific person that wanted all non-whites wiped off the face of the planet, but I like a few of his stories so I’m cool with it”. It has strong “But Mussolini got the trains running on time” vibes.


lestermagnum t1_jb7bfwg wrote

The property owner controlled the liquor license, and put into place draconian restrictions about what the bars could and couldn’t do (especially about using the patio) that it was impossible for anyone to be successful there. And my understanding was he didn’t “lose” the license, he just didn’t want to go through the process of renewing it for them.