5 thoughts on “I-1100 and I-1105

  1. Kevin, you will not find Boundary Bay Brewery beer at Costco, but you can and will find it at many local Haggens and tons of local bars, restaurants and bottle shops. Our distribution decisions are based on the importance we place on doing business locally. Our primary concern is providing our beer to our local customers. And then, what we have in excess of that gets distributed to regional bars, bottle shops, etc. The choices we make about how and when we distribute have to do with the high demand of our beer in relation to the amount we can physically brew. We are not blaming 1100 and/or 1105 for anything. We are simply discussing how these initiatives will affect the craft brewing industry as a whole. We are not, necessarily, worried about a huge impact or change in our business itself. But that does not mean that we should not concern ourselves with how these proposed laws will affect the industry (as a whole) that we do business within.

  2. Please describe the past or existing availability of Boundary Bay beer at Costco? (Deafening silence). In many years I’ve never seen it once at any Costco… I live in Bellingham and it’s never been at the Costco on the Guide, and almost never at Haggen’s or other local markets like Cost Cutter. If you are concerned with getting your product to customers then figure out how to make it available. Boundary Bay beer has never been readily available anywhere except directly at Boundary Bay through pints, pitchers, bladders or kegs. You make excellent premium beers, the best I’ve ever tried, but your distribution methods are terrible. Don’t blame 1100 or 1105 for your lack of business savvy on how to distribute.

  3. As always, we welcome everyone’s opinion, Beer Lover. Thank you for commenting on our blog. It is not the quality of our product that we are concerned about in competing for customers. It is about the availability of our product to customers. If the Pay to Play system is made legal then shelf space will be BOUGHT not earned by quality. We have no doubts about the quality of our product. We do have doubts that huge corporations like Costco will concern themselves with us when large brewing companies and/or distributors can offer them huge quantity discounts and we can not. We are concerned with getting our product to customers…not about customers not wanting our product once they can purchase alcohol wherever they please.

  4. I think what Boundary Bay Brewery is afraid of is that if I-1100 passes consumers will have many more desirable choices, and will give small brewery businesses the bird.

  5. I-1100 creates a free and fair marketplace for alcoholic beverages, same as we have for other products. Keeping public safety laws, of course. The antiquated laws that exist for beer don’t apply to other products. Bakeries, for example, don’t have the same strange prohibitions against selling on credit or offering their best customers good deals. Nevertheless, we have many fine local craft bakeries in this state.

    The message your sending to your customers is counterproductive and does more to hurt your brand than to help it.

    If your product is good, then you’ll thrive in a free and fair customer-oriented marketplace. If you don’t have sufficient confidence in your own product to believe that you can compete for customers, then why should your potential customers disagree?

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