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Anheuser-Busch InBev Divests Acquired Craft Breweries

Anheuser-Busch InBev Divests Acquired Craft Breweries

Big Beer Slimming Down: Anheuser-Busch InBev Sells Off a Craft Brewery

The Rise of Craft Beer

In recent years, craft beer has become increasingly popular among consumers, taking a significant slice of the beer market away from traditional, larger beer companies. The demand for craft beer has led to a surge in the number of small, independent breweries that produce unique and innovative beer flavors.

Big Beer and Craft Beer Acquisitions

In response to the rise of craft beer, larger beer companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev began acquiring craft breweries to expand their market presence and offer more diverse beer options. These acquisitions caused a stir in the craft beer community, with many viewing them as a way for Big Beer to edge out small, independent breweries.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Sells One of Its Acquired Craft Breweries

However, news broke recently that Anheuser-Busch InBev had sold one of its acquired craft breweries to a private equity firm. The brewery in question, located in the Pacific Northwest, had been part of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s “The High End” division, which is dedicated to the company’s craft and import beer brands.

The Brewery’s Impact on the Local Beer Scene

The brewery, which had a loyal following in the Pacific Northwest, had been acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2015, and its sale has come as a surprise to many in the craft beer community. The brewery had maintained its independence and continued to produce popular, award-winning beers, but its acquisition had raised concerns about the impact of Big Beer on the local beer scene.

The Future of Craft Beer

While the sale of this brewery may be seen as a step towards slimming down for Anheuser-Busch InBev, it also signals a possible shift in focus towards higher volume, lower-margin brands. As craft beer continues to grow in popularity and capture a larger market share, it will be interesting to see how Big Beer companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev respond. Will they continue to acquire craft breweries or shift their focus to other areas? Only time will tell.


While the sale of one craft brewery may not seem like a major event, it reflects the ongoing tension between craft beer and Big Beer. It remains to be seen how this tension will play out in the coming years, and what impact it will have on the beer industry as a whole. For now, craft beer enthusiasts can continue to support their favorite local breweries and enjoy the diverse range of flavors that craft beer has to offer.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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