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Growing List of National Breweries Rescind RSVP to Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational

Growing List of National Breweries Rescind RSVP to Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational

It has been a rough twenty four hours for the craft beer industry, as droves of national brewers have begun voicing their responses to Wicked Weed Brewing’s acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The first and perhaps most high profile response came from Jester King Brewing’s Jeffrey Stuffings who shared a heartfelt, but definitive statement on the Austin brewery’s policy toward future collaborations and sales of Wicked Weed products.

In the last 24 hours a majority of responding brewers have followed in Stuffings’ message, expressing an outpour of respect, support and empathy for the employees of Wicked Weed while coming out in opposition of the decision to sell to ABI based upon principal.

A few notable statements have been made by the likes of The Rare Barrel, Sierra Nevada and Black Project. While others simply declined or rescinded their participation in July’s Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitation. The following are but a few collections of statements

The Rare Barrel’s Response:

This has been an awkward and emotional last 24 hours for us.

Over the years, we’ve become good friends with the Wicked Weed crew. We’ve grown to really respect the people and their beers. We’ve shared many beers together, made a beer together, are in the process of making another beer together, enjoyed events around the country, and hosted Wicked Weed events at our barrel house. We’ve shared some really good times together over the last couple of years.

It’s about values.

Yesterday, Wicked Weed announced that they are selling their brewery to the megabrewery AB InBev (Budweiser, Shock Top). Here at The Rare Barrel, we’ve made a decision not to serve, collaborate with, or affiliate with AB InBev because our values do not align with theirs.

In order to stay true to our values, we’re pulling out of the second part of our collaboration, will not be attending their festivals, and will not be able to serve their beer in our Tasting Room anymore.

While our values diverge and we part ways, we wish the people at Wicked Weed all the best.

Modern Time’s Response (Link to Jaco McKean’s speech can be found here):

Modern Times Wicked Weed Response

Sierra Nevada’s subtle jab at remaining independent.

Sierra Nevada Independently Owned

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales Response (Full post can be found here)

Black Project Wicked Weed Response

Below is the growing list of breweries who have respectfully declined or rescinded their RSVPs to the 2017 Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational. Special credit to the good folks at Tenemu who first broke an initial list before we could fully compile our own research prior to this post going live.

  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • Allagash Brewing
  • Almanac Beer
  • Anderson Valley
  • Arizona Wilderness Brewing
  • Avery Brewing
  • Beachwood BBQ
  • Birds Fly South Ale Project
  • Black Project Brewing
  • Breakside Brewing
  • Brew By Numbers
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing
  • Casa Agria Specialty Ales
  • Cascade Brewing
  • Creature Comforts Beer
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
  • de Garde Brewing
  • Dry River Brewing
  • Ecliptic Brewing
  • Funk Factory Geuzeria
  • Funkwerks
  • Fonta Flora Brewery
  • Green Bench Brewing
  • Grimm Artisanal Ales
  • Hi-Wire Brewing
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales
  • Holy Mountain Brewing
  • J. Wakefield Brewery
  • Jackie O’s Public House & Brewpub
  • Jester King Brewery
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
  • Night Shift Brewery
  • NOLA Brewing
  • Odell Brewing
  • OEC Brewing
  • Other Half Brewing
  • Oxbow
  • Paradox Beer Co.
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Right Proper Brewing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
  • Scratch Brewing
  • Side Project
  • Societe Brewing
  • Springdale Beer
  • Steel String Brewery
  • The Commons Brewery
  • Three Taverns Brewing
  • Transmitter Brewing
  • Trillium Brewing Co.
  • Trinity Brewing
  • Trophy Brewing
  • Troegs Independent Brewing
  • TRVE Brewing
  • Upland Brewing
  • Weyerbacher Brewing
  • Wild Beer Co.
  • Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery
  • Wooden Robot Brewery
  • Yazoo Brewing
  • Zebulon Artisan Ales

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Comments

  1. Konrad deGroot

    It’s too bad that craft breweries keep selling out, I grew up in Europe when even the smallest town had a local brewery , sometimes 2or more and you could actually tell the difference between them I was not impressed with many North American when I first came here and was happy when the craft beer movement took off. Now it seems we are going back in the other direction, which I think is a shame

    • Keep in mind there are over 4,000 independently owned craft breweries in the US. Less than 100 have sold out. We’re still fighting the good fight.

  2. JP

    You can add Arizona Wilderness to that list; they announced on Facebook that they’re out.

    • Josh Ritenour

      Updated. Thank you!

    • Ditto Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery in Newberg, OR

      • Josh Ritenour

        Thanks for the update, Christian.

  3. Mark Laskowski

    There’s an ad for Amazon.com on this article. It blocks me from reading a key part of the article. I see no earthly way to get rid of the ad and read this article like I want to. Why the fuck would you do something like that?

    • Josh Ritenour

      Whoa, whoa, whoa. Take a deep breath. Good now? The ads aren’t supposed to cover anything up. Are you on mobile or desktop? And which browser are you currently using?

  4. Tom

    The event goes to sponsor a charity! These breweries made a commitment to support a charity and are now backing out because 1 brewery did something sh**ty. It is pathetic they are not standing by their word. ABI will not profit from the invitational in any way. Not going next year is one thing, but to pull out means this charities budget could take a dramatic hit. Fore shame

  5. Mr. p

    Tom,
    What everyone needs to understand is that now that wicked weed is owned by Big Beer, anheiser B can easily fund and cover any money that the charity doesn’t recieve by these breweries pulling out. They have the capital to cover the donation to save face. It’s not the responsibility of the small man brewery to “save face” in regard to the charity beerfest if it doesn’t fit their values .

    -Sir P

  6. Chief Keef

    Mr. P,
    You are missing the part of doing a festival for charity.
    You get much more attention on the charity that way than simply writing a check.

  7. Randal Gibbs

    Zebulon and Green Bench are both out. Green Bench posted on Facebook. Zebulon replied to a question in a comment on their Facebook.

  8. Pauld315

    Whatever. Get over it snowflakes WW will continue to operate independently and create great beee with a lot more resources. A lot of jealousy being displayed by spoiled babies

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