Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships Heat Up

In what promises to be just another in a growing trend, the brewing group Mahou San Miguel of Spain has purchased a 30-percent stake in Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. Founders said the partnership would help the brewery tap the growing international market for craft beer, as well as allow Mahou to become directly involved… Read More…

Green Flash & Alpine Brewing Create Unique Partnership

Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company have announced a unique partnership in which the breweries “will join forces, teaming up to share resources, knowledge and experience.” In a press release, Alpine founders Pat and Val McIlhenney and Green Flash founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley described the affiliation as mutually beneficial. The press release describes… Read More…

ABInBev Buys Yet Another

In news that has reverberated throughout the craft brewing industry, Anheuser-Busch announced yesterday that it has acquired 10 Barrel Brewing Company, located in Bend, Ore. This is the second craft brewery acquisition this year for ABInBev. It acquired New York’s Blue Point Brewing in February and now owns outright three craft breweries (including Goose Island)… Read More…

A Stone’s Throw Away – Virginia Picked for East Coast Brewery

San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. has announced it has signed a formal letter of intent with the City of Richmond, Virginia, signifying the company’s interest in building its East Coast facility in the city’s Greater Fulton Community. Subject to local approvals, Stone plans to invest $74 million to construct a production brewery, packaging hall, destination… Read More…

Brew Hub Announces Second Brewery

Just days after opening its first brewery in Florida, Brew Hub announced plans to open its second brewing plant to be located in St. Louis. The St. Louis brewery will also become the corporate headquarters of the company. Co-founder and CEO Tim Schoen previously spent 28 years at Anheuser-Busch before starting Brew Hub. Brew Hub… Read More…

Ambitious Brew Hub Opens First Brewery

Brew Hub has opened its first of five planned breweries that will offer partnering and contract brewing opportunities to the craft brewing industry. The Lakeland, Florida brewery is a 50,000 square-foot brewery that will allow existing breweries who need more capacity and start-up contract brewing company’s the ability to brew their beer to their desired… Read More…

Europe, Here We Come!

San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. has announced an alliance with Belgium-based Brewery St-Feuillien to brew, bottle and ship Green Flash’s West Coast IPA to 11 European countries throughout Europe. The announcement comes at the same time that Stone Brewing Co. made headlines saying they plan to build a brewery in Berlin, Germany. Green Flash… Read More…

More Prime Time for Craft

A new reality show on The History Channel will follow the Dark Horse Brewing Co. of Michigan. According to the show’s official website;  “Dark Horse nation is not only about crafting great beer, it’s a way of life. Their recipe for success is as much about experimentation and trouble-shooting as it is self-taught skill and… Read More…

Stone Announces New Brewery in Germany

Stone Brewing Co. announced today that they will be opening a new brewery in Germany. “This is a historic moment for Stone,” said Stone CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch in a prepared statement. “I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming… Read More…

Another ESOP

Not surprisingly, in an industry that is rooted in passion, collaboration and commitment to product and company values, a number of craft brewers have become employee-owned companies in recent years as the pioneering generation edges towards retirement age. Perhaps the most visible craft brewery to sell to its employees is the New Belgium Brewing Co…. Read More…