Brewbound.com was able to connect with “Word Nerd” Hanna Laney of Great Divide regarding the issue. The official statement from the brewery is below.
“Due to exponential increase in demand for our beers, we have made the difficult decision to pull out of some markets. We have been slowly pulling out of states since November and since then have now left Michigan, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Kentucky, DC, New Mexico and Alaska, statewide.
Additionally, we have pulled out of certain territories within states. These partial states include: Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. In these states, you can still get our beer in the following metro areas: Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Rochester, and northern Virginia, respectively. These partial territory pull-outs, aside from Virginia, have been effective since the end of 2010 and are not new. We appreciate the kind words and understanding we have seen from our customers in these areas and appreciate everyone who drinks our beer.
We do not relish the decision to shift out out-of-state distribution and we hope to be back in states in the future. However, at this time, we simply do not have the capacity to meet all demand.”
Laney also confirmed to Brewbound that last year Great Divide produced roughly 19,000 barrels and with the addition of five new fermentation tanks to be added this year, the brewery plans on continuing to increase production.