I knew at that time that New Belgium was going to be in Wisconsin by the end of the year. Yes, I know, I'm a jerk. Sue me. It was one of those rumors that I knew but didn't have any public source to confirm. But, the Anonymous commenter should be proud of himself for standing up for the distributors - there aren't many people doing that these days: "Hey, maybe...just maybe it's not the distributors that are holding up access to New Belgium. It could be that the brewery is trying to manage their growth - kinda like New GLARUS."
So, I knew at the time that the comment was irrelevant. Sorry for misleading you. I hope you'll forgive me.
Here's a recent article from Marketwire and here's the gist of that article:
New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com), best known for its flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale, is expanding its distribution and portfolio dramatically in 2009. ... the brewery is poised to enter six new markets as well; North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, South Dakota and Wisconsin all by end of summer. New Belgium is still vetting distributors in potential markets.