Originally Posted by SilverZero
I'll have to ask Gary why they switched, I miss the style as well, but I'm guessing it's just cheaper for them with these new plain bottles. They're distributing a lot these days. I've probably got a couple hundred of them stockpiled in my garage by now.
I'm assuming you're talking about Gary Fish? That would be fantastic to get an "official comment" though I expect cost is a likely factor.
If cost was/is the only factor I have to say that's too bad. Thinking about this makes me remember working with my realtor when selling my home. She talked about "curb appeal" as being a huge factor for a successful sell.
Now, I 'm not saying that those bottles were "the" selling point for me; There are plenty of other reasons to buy the delicious brews from Deschutes. That said, those bottles were a unique attribute that made that beer more memorable. (And more desirable from this home brewer's perspective.)
As a home brewer, my purchase decision is oftentimes swayed by what I think about reusing the bottle. (not always of course...) I will say that I don't purchase as much Deschutes as I used to for this one reason. I'm also pretty sure that my purchasing habits are merely a tiny drop in the revenue bucket for Deschutes. I still just really liked those things and wish they would make a comeback!