I have always been a firm proponent of due process, including the 8th Amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment, but every once in a while someone commits a crime so heinous that it tests the very foundation of your values. On Tuesday, June 21, 3,272 cases on 40 pallets (78,528 bottles) of Sweetwater Brewery’s beer were stolen from their brewery. Ten pallets were recovered the day of the heist, and the remaining 30 pallets were returned today, minus a few cases of course.
So the beer was recovered. No harm, no foul, right? Wrong. Because the beer was out of Sweetwater’s possession before being sold and distributed, it cannot be consumed or sold for liability reasons. Therefore, the beer is being sent to a recycling company to be reprocessed into biofuel or whatever the heck else you can recycle beer and glass into.
This, of course, is a complete travesty. Sweetwater is one of the best regional breweries in the country, best known for its Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale. I would have gladly bought a few cases just to help them cut their losses, as any quality beer being recycled rather than contributing to one’s bad decisions is a complete and utter waste of criminal proportions.
Unfortunately, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not yet caught the culprit, but hopefully they do soon so they can nail this dickhead to the wall. I’m talking maximum sentence, civil court, and maybe a little “incidental” police brutality, like an accidental forearm to the nose. This is a serious crime. It’s not just a crime against Sweetwater. It’s a crime against beer drinkers everywhere. Hell, it’s a crime against humanity, and we can’t let the Great Beer Heist of 2016 go unanswered..
[via Sweetwater Brew]