Summit Brewing Hit By Layoffs

Summit Brewing Co. has laid off more than 10 percent of its workforce as the longtime St. Paul brewery battles a growing number of startups for shelf space and tap lines. This is the first time in the 32 year history of the brewery that layoffs have been made.

Earlier this year the company cut back distribution to the five state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. It had been available in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Michigan. In a statement, company founder Mark Stutrud stated that rate of sales has slowed down locally because of the increasing choices for beer drinkers at both on- and off-sale.

MLBA encourages our retail members to support Summit Brewing which has been a strong supporter of MLBA, both as a long time Allied Member and contributor to PROOF Magazine as well as all MLBA conventions and events for over 25 years.

Please read the article here from CBS Local and the one from BizJournals here (subscription required).

Tony Chesak
MLBA Executive Director
tony@mlba.com