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Craft Beer Times | Maryland-Based DuClaw Brewing Bought by River Horse Brewing in NJ

Maryland-Based DuClaw Brewing Bought by River Horse Brewing in NJ

Maryland-Based DuClaw Brewing Bought by River Horse Brewing in NJ

A New Era for DuClaw Brewing

The Back Story

DuClaw Brewing has had a solid reputation in the Maryland brewing scene for over two decades. This Baltimore-based microbrewery has been known for its unique flavor profiles and branding that has appealed to beer lovers young and old.

However, it was recently rumored that DuClaw Brewing was in talks with a New Jersey-based microbrewery, River Horse Brewing, for an acquisition. Speculation and rumors were rampant, with some fans of the brand apprehensive about what this acquisition could mean for the brewery.

The Deal

Despite the rumors, DuClaw Brewing remained tight-lipped about the alleged acquisition until the news was officially confirmed on June 26th of this year. According to a press release on the DuClaw Brewing website, River Horse Brewing acquired the brewery for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition does not mean that major changes are in order, though. DuClaw Brewing has stated that all employees will keep their jobs, and that most of the brewery’s operations will remain in Baltimore. Although there may be new beer releases slated for the future, DuClaw intends to maintain its existing beer lineup that has made it a favorite among beer enthusiasts.

What This Means for Beer Lovers

To the average beer drinker, this acquisition is just a footnote in the industry. But for those who have enjoyed DuClaw Brewing’s beers over the years, it could mean a lot. With River Horse Brewing backing the brand, the quality and availability of DuClaw beers could potentially grow.

If the two breweries collaborate on new recipes, DuClaw fans could see a whole new range of accessible, unique beers. It is a well-known fact that the brewing industry is all about innovation, and the acquisition could be a stepping stone for future advancements in the field.


Overall, DuClaw Brewing’s acquisition by River Horse Brewing is a positive development for the Baltimore brewery. Fans of the brand have no need to feel apprehensive, as most of the brewery’s operations will remain the same. In fact, this acquisition could ultimately result in more opportunities for beer lovers to enjoy DuClaw’s unique beers.

We eagerly anticipate what the future holds for this beloved Maryland brand, as it continues to leave its mark in the microbrewing industry.


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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