During the Super Bowl there was an ad from a major beer manufacturer that seemed to have poked fun at the craft beer industry. Well, it didn’t have the affect (or maybe it did) that they thought it would as craft beer fans and brewers took to social media to slam the commercial. There was also an infographic praising the growth of the craft beer industry, and how it has been standing up to ‘David’.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though in the craft beer industry. As more and more breweries are popping up, other smaller breweries need to evolve and keep up or parish. Such is the case with Houston-area, Fort Bend Brewing Company.
When it started back in 2012, it would’ve been hard to see how far the craft beer scene in Houston would have come. There seems to be a new brewery, festival, bottle shop or craft beer pub opening every month. That’s just in Houston and its surrounding areas, so I can’t even begin to imagine what that’s like to separate from the pack and create a name for yourself. They wanted to keep that small, hometown feel to their beer, and when I spoke to them last fall at Houston’s Untapped Festival, I could feel the passion for the product.
I just didn’t work out that way.
Here is the full response from Fort Bend Brewing Company from their Facebook page:
Fort Bend Brewing Company Ceases Operations
Due to various circumstances, it is with regret we must inform you that Fort Bend Brewing Company ceased brewing operations December 30th, 2014, and permanently closed on January 31st, 2015.
FBBC has been brewing high quality beers for over 2 years, and has been a proud contributor to many activities and charities in the local community. We gave it all we had to build a brand that we were proud of.
For all our cynics and disparagers, you know who you are, well, my mother taught me if I don’t have anything good to say about someone, then don’t say anything at all – enough said..
To all of our supportive retailers and patrons, we sincerely thank you for your support during the past years, you made it worthwhile. To our awesome volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you. With the warmest gratitude from the bottom of our heart, thank you, we will miss you.
On to the next chapter….
Ty and Sharon Coburn