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•. Anchor Brewing has announced that it plans to no longer make its beers, including its flagship Anchor Steam, available outside its home state of California.  In addition, the company reportedly plans to not make its iconic Christmas Ales this year because of "its time-intensive and costly brewing and packaging requirements.”

Inside Hook notes that Anchor Brewing says that 70 percent of its sales are within California.  In addition, it points out, Anchor Brewing no longer is an independent brand - it was acquired by Sapporo in 2017.

Not sure what to make of this - 70 percent of sales inside California is a big enough, by the 30 percent outside the state ain't chopped liver.  Anchor Steam has long been a respected brand, even if not a huge one;  is it possible that ownership is wondering whether the juice is worth the squeeze?