Pa. law: Truck your own beer or sign a contract for life. He chooses to truck his beer. – York Daily Record/Sunday News


Head brewer and co-owner of Collusion Tap Works Jared Barnes brews a batch of Bad Trip beer, and explains the process along the way. Kate Penn

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Andrew Hurst, a cellarman with Collusion Tap Works carries empty kegs out of the storage area of the Holy Hound Taproom during local deliveries around York on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.(Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)Buy Photo

Jared Barnes, co-owner and head brewer of Collusion Tap Works, doesn’t love trucking beer. He loves brewing beer.

To him, making beer is crafting a masterpiece – brewing a piece of artwork for fans to sip and enjoy. It’s why he became a master brewer. He went to Germany with the World Brewing Academy to get his certification.

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And yet, Barnes has spent hundreds of hours doing something unusual – setting up his own distribution operation. Driving around central Pennsylvania including Adams, Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties. Organizing delivery routes and schedules with clients. Filling out paperwork and other accounting tasks.

All that adds about 15 hours to an already long 60-hour work week for Barnes. Even after hiring an employee to do the deliveries, he still spends hours on the paperwork.

Many in his position hire another business – a distributor – to get their finished product where it needs to go.

“There is no brewery of any scale who wants to be a self distributor and operate a trucking fleet,” said Theodore Zeller, an Allentown-based attorney who works extensively with brewers.

Barnes says it’s the right move for his business: Self-distributing allows him to

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