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Boulder Beer pulls back national distro, laying off staff

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Boulder Beer Company is pulling back national distribution, and downsizing operations.

For nearly 30 years, Boulder Beer has been brewing beer in their home in Boulder, Colorado. Citing an “explosive number of brewery openings” and “crowded shelves,” Boulder will focus solely on providing their brewpub at Wilderness Place with beer.

Brewery owner Gina Day made a statement about the move on Boulder’s Facebook page:

Times have changed and change is hard, but I’m ready to put the ‘fun’ back in beer. Our friends will still be able to enjoy our beers in the brewpub, and by brewing in small batches, have a wider variety of options on the ever-rotating specialty taps.  We’re celebrating our milestone 40th Anniversary this year and look forward to furthering our legacy in Boulder and the industry.

The brewery further states the brewery fans will be able to try Boulder’s beers in small batches at the brewpub that is open seven days a week, with even more styles and creations in the future.

Boulder Beer currently produces 16,000 barrels (496,000 gallons) of beer annually and distributes to 34 states. Unfortunately, up to 21 employees will be eliminated as a result of the downsize.

The brewery declined to further comment.

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