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BREAKING | Anheuser-Busch Monopolizes South African Hop Supply from Craft Breweries

Anheuser-Busch Monopolizes South African Hop Supply from Craft Breweries

In the wake of last week’s Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) acquisition of Wicked Weed Brewing, many casual and die hard craft beer fans have been left debating the objectives, intent and repercussions ABI’s growing empire would have on the craft industry.

Today multiple breweries including Rhode Island’s Proclamation Ale Company, California’s Modern Times Beer and Cellarmaker Beer have shared correspondence from hop brokers announcing that Anheuser-Busch InBev has seized all allocations for South African hops that were previously allocated for distribution to American craft brewers.

ABI’s acquisition of SAB Miller International includes SAB Hop Farms located in South Africa, which distributed the entirety of South Africa’s hop supply to American breweries. Those breweries were notified earlier today that ABI has commandeered the entire allocation with plans to sell internally to their cache of brands within The High End division, which now includes Wicked Weed.

This leaves multiple brewers without the resources needed to produce several beers that have already been released to the market including as Modern Times notes, their Southern Passion, J-17 and countless more from other breweries.

If there were ever any question about Anheuser-Busch In-Bev’s motives, this move is a clear demonstration of the beer behemoth’s ability to monopolize of resources and eliminate the competition.

Below are posts from Proclamation Ale Company, Modern Times Beer and Cellarmaker Beer.

Proclamation Brewing South African Hops

Modern Times

 


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