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When Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2011, the craft beer industry was a sliver of what it is today. Just a handful of breweries were operating in the city and the idea of a hazy beer would have been blasphemous.
The pillars are gone. John Hall is gone. The cozy, public house atmosphere is gone. But, the revamped Goose Island Brewhouse oozes elegance; it’s clean, modern and sophisticated. You won’t see any Anheuser Busch InBev (ABI) signs in the taproom, but evidence of the company’s influence is impossible to miss. It’s hard not to ooh and ahh at the grander things in life, like an expensive sports car or a large home — the new Goose Island Brewhouse exemplifies that concept.
Let’s be real for a second, craft beer isn’t actually about to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev any time soon. We saw a wide array of responses to yesterday’s Take Craft Back campaign from The Brewers Association, however we thought we’d explore this hypothetical just one step farther. What if craft beer actually purchased Anheuser-Busch? What if this funny little gimmick went viral and got some serious legs behind it? We thought we’d play out that scenario with a few hypothetical results of our own.
OK OK, admittedly this post screams click-bait. And no, craft beer isn’t seriously planning to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev for $213 billion, however the good-humored folks at CraftBeer.com are having a little fun today with the notion, if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em, and have announced a crowdfunding campaign and video to buy back Big Beer… because who isn’t CrowdFunding these days? So who’s down to help Take Craft Back?
This month I had the opportunity to interview Elysian Brewing Head Brewer Josh Waldman to reflect on the state of Elysian brewing as well as some of the new additions to their canned lineup. These canned vessels possess the advantage of being super portable, light weight and literally crushable!
We were also given the chance to sample new cans of Day Glow IPA 16 oz cans possessing the same recognizable logo, and that familiar sweet hop forward profile. Find out more on what’s happening at Elysian Brewing from Josh Waldman.
Earlier this week, the Brewers Association announced the launch of a marketing campaign to help distinguish independently owned craft breweries with a special label to raise awareness on a brewery’s independence. Qualifying breweries can utilize the label on product packaging, signage, menus and other marketing collateral.
Dogfish Head Founder, Sam Calagione penned a blog post earlier today admonishing ties between RateBeer and Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) after it was announced on Friday that ABI’s venture arm, ZX Ventures had acquired minority shares in the popular beer rating/ranking website.
Birds Fly South Ale Project announced on Tuesday that they will be hosting The Funk Collective Festival as an alternative to the Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational.
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.
We’re in a post apocalyptic world, guys. Anything could happen. Maybe we’ll start advertising for… oh never mind. That would NEVER happen! Let’s focus on what’s important this week. This is What We’re Drinking.
“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
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.
Housed in a 150 year old building in Arvada, CO, Spice Trade Brewing, what was formerly Yak & Yeti Brew Pub, has entered in its next evolutionary phase. After undergoing a re-branding, launching a series of new beers and hiring a new head brewer in Jeff Tyler, Spice Trade Brewing is now in search of a second production facility with plans to enter Denver’s competitive retail market.
Diehard craft beer community followers weren’t the only ones shocked to learn of today’s Wicked Weed acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Jester King Brewery Founder Jeffery Stuffings shared his thoughts on today’s acquisition announcing that Jester King would no longer sell Wicked Weed products based on the principal that the world’s largest brewery conglomerate has actively pushed legislation to oppose the interest of Texas craft brewers.
This morning, Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), the world’s largest brewery conglomerate, announced the acquisition of Wicked Weed Brewing.
The Asheville, NC brewery began as a 15 barrel pub system in 2012, founded by brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson along with friends Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy, Originally focused on West Coast style IPAs and Belgians, Wicked Weed quickly developed a reputation for wild, sour and experimental barrel-aged beers. This progression led to the opening of their Funkatorium sour beer taproom and barrel-aging facility in 2014, a second 50 barrel production facility in 2015, and most recently The Funk House and company headquarters which houses a custom designed brewhouse and training facility.
In this delayed edition of The PorchCast, Jesse, Hunter and Tristan recorded from Opening Day at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Downtown Denver. The OG crew recapped Collaboration Fest, discussed what Denver breweries would claim eclectic superlatives such as Nerdiest Taproom. …
Oskar Blues launches Pinner 16-packs, AB InBev opens Goose Island pubs in Europe and Almanac ends its canning program. You can’t be the smartest beer nerd at the bottle share if you don’t keep up with the craft beer news. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
Smith Rock Brewing battles over ownership, Iron Hill settles suit to pay out 900 brewery workers, and DC Brau announces expansion. Although America may be in turmoil, the brewery news must go on. Keep reading to stay informed with this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
AB InBev scoops up Karbach Brewing, Todd Haug joins Three Floyds, and Innis & Gunn crowdfunds over one million Euros for their next expansion. With only one day left until the election, we know you’re hiding from your TV and the barrage of political ads. We also know you’ve probably been drinking heavily. Stay informed about the issues that matter: craft beer news. Keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
If it’s Black Friday, it’s time for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS). However, Chicagoans are allowed an opportunity to get their hands BCBS a tad bit earlier; Proprietor’s Day arrives Sunday, November 20 and is Goose Island’s way of saying “thank you” to their hometown fans. But, if you find yourself in Chicago, don’t just show up at Goose Island’s front door – read on.
The AB InBev/SABMiller deal is approved by shareholders, salons in California can sell craft beer, and the Deftones design their own IPA. From business to law to music, craft beer touches all sectors of the market. Don’t miss out on the latest craft beer news; keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.