I wonder how much of that overpricing for local beer is set by the distributor/retailer and how much is set by the brewery itself. There's a local brewery that bottles and distributes through Miller's distributor (Andrews?). It's one of two or three distributors in the area and no self-distribution is permitted. Their beer is on the shelf with other craft brewers from the same distributor yet their beers are more expensive than the other craft beers at the same store from the same distributor. It is always more expensive. Their volume is much larger than other regional brewers that sit on the same shelves so comparably, scale is eliminated as an explanation.