The beer industry can be challenging.
That's why Summit Brewing recently announced it will no longer distribute its beers to six states – cutting it's distribution map roughly in half. The St. Paul brewery said in a Facebook post, "Recent changes to the industry have made getting our beer to retailers and to you increasingly difficult."
Summit, which is Minnesota's second-largest brewery and the 26th largest craft brewery in the U.S., called it a "difficult decision" to pull its beers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Michigan. But they're doing it "in order to strengthen our core and meet demand in our home market."
Summit didn't elaborate on the challenges the company faces. GoMN has reached out to Summit for more information, but hasn't heard back.
You'll still be able to buy Summit in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and Summit's Facebook post said it looks forward to returning to the states it recently pulled out from in the future.
Summit's growth has been slowing
This isn't the first time Summit has cut its distribution map. Seven months ago, Summit yanked its beer out of Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, Brewbound reported. And before that, back in 2012, Summit was selling beer in 17 states. That number is now down to five, Good Beer Hunting says.
In 2016, Summit sold 127,500 barrels of beer, down 1 percent from 2015, according to the Brewers Association. In 2015, the number of barrels the brewery sold was down 3 percent from 2014.
This comes after years of growth. From 2012-2014, Summit saw 8-9 percent growth compared to the year before, statistics show.