Early September, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed breweries to give up to five cases of free branded glassware to bars or other beer retailers. According to Brown, this freebie would give an “unfair advantage” to large beer manufacturers, as the little guys probably don’t have the funds to do the same. It would “create an economic disadvantage for small beer manufacturers,” he said of AB2573, which was written by Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell.
As microscopic as this issue may seem in the grand scheme of things, Brown’s attempt to create a level playing field for both small and big breweries, especially considering the beer scene is such a revenue-driver for the city of San Diego, was appreciated locally.
Sean Haggerty, president and founder of San Diego-based organic brewery, Protector, says that “regardless of size of company,” it would be “a disservice that will alienate some.”