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SELLING OUT OF THE CRAFT BEER BUSINESS - DOGFISH HEAD BREWING NOW IS OWNED BY      SAM ADAMS BREWING COMPANY.

 

 

We are writing to let you know that we have announced plans to merge Boston Beer and Dogfish Head, creating the most dynamic American-owned platform for Craft beer and beyond. 

 

This is exciting news for us and for Craft beer. We wish we could have shared the news with you sooner, but because Boston Beer is a publicly traded company, we had to keep the lid on it. A copy of the press release is available below.

 

We are excited about the opportunities this merger brings to our coworkers and our brands in terms of growth and success at this competitive moment. There are three key reasons why now is the right time:

 

  1. We’re creating the ultimate craft beer company – With award-winning brewing talent, a shared culture of innovation and more than half a century of brewing expertise, we will write the next chapter in American brewing.

 

  1. We will grow faster together – We will have the strongest portfolio of high-end craft and beyond beer brands in the industry, with enhanced distribution strength and top-ranked sales capabilities to grow faster together.

 

  1. Set-up to win for the long-term – With an unrivaled drive to push boundaries, strong track record of serving our Wholesalers and customers nationally, we’re putting the industry on notice that we are here to stay.

 

The newly combined company will maintain its status as an independent Craft brewery, as defined by the Brewers Association, and will represent less than 2% of beer sold in the US. Based on industry trends, we expect that we’ll see more consolidation in the industry over time, and we’ll be in the best position to take advantage of those changes.

 

Our ultimate goal is to be aligned in one distribution network in markets where it makes sense. However, for now it’s business as usual.  We are fully committed to delivering our 2019 plans, and nothing changes in terms of how you engage with Boston Beer and Dogfish Head.

 

We know this is big news and you’ll likely have questions.  The transaction is expected to close late in the second quarter of this year, subject to customary closing conditions. Until closing, we won’t have all the answers, but we’re committed to keeping you updated as information is available. 

 

We remain committed to the three-tier system through which we sell at least 99% of our portfolio. We have no plans to change that, and believe this news is good for all stakeholders involved in the three-tiers.

 

We hope that you share our excitement and we look forward to celebrating with you soon.

 

Cheers & Namaste,

Brewery Considered Craft? Owner/Investor % Owned Year Acquired City State
Concrete Beach Yes A&S Brewing (aka Boston Beer Company) 100% 2015 Fort Lauderdale Florida
10 Barrel No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2014 Bend Oregon
Wicked Weed No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2017 Asheville North Carolina
Veza Sur No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2017 Miami Florida
Shock Top No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2006 Fort Collins Colorado
Goose Island No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2011 Chicago Illinois
Golden Road No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Los Angeles California
Four Peaks No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Tempe Arizona
Fordham and Dominion No Anheuser-Busch InBev 40% 2007 Dover Delaware
Blue Point No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2014 Patchogue New York
Elysian No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Seattle Washington
Breckenridge No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Littleton Colorado
Devil's Backbone No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Roseland Virginia
Karbach No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Houston Texas
Victory Yes Artisanal Brewing Ventures 100% 2016 Downingtown Pennsylvania
Southern Tier Yes Artisanal Brewing Ventures 100% 2016 Lakewood New York
21st Amendment Yes Brooklyn Brewery (Kirin) <50% 2017 San Leandro California
Funkwerks Yes Brooklyn Brewery (Kirin) <50% 2017 Fort Collins Colorado
Deep Ellum Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2018 Dallas Texas
Cigar City Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2016 Tampa Bay Florida
Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch and Squatters) Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2016 Salt Lake City Utah
Oskar Blues Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2015 Longmont Colorado
Perrin Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2015 Grand Rapids Michigan
Funky Buddha No Constellation Brands 100% 2017 Boca Raton Florida
Four Corners No Constellation Brands 100% 2018 Dallas Texas
Brewery Considered Craft? Owner/Investor % Owned Year Acquired City State
Wynwood No Craft Brew Alliance 24.5% CBA
(32.2% AB InBev)
2016 Miami Florida
Widmer Brother No Craft Brew Alliance 67.8% CBA
32.2% AB InBev
2013 Portland Oregon
Wicked Weed No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2017 Asheville North Carolina
Victory Yes Artisanal Brewing Ventures 100% 2016 Downingtown Pennsylvania
Veza Sur No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2017 Miami Florida
Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch and Squatters) Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2016 Salt Lake City Utah
Unibroue No Sapporo Holdings Ltd 100% 2006 Chambly Quebec
Uinta Yes The Riverside Company <50% 2014 Salt Lake City Utah
Three Weavers Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2018 Inglewood California
Third Shift No MillerCoors 100% 2013    
Terrapin No MillerCoors >50% 2016 Athens Georgia
Telegraph Yes Epic Brewing 100% 2017 Santa Barbara California
Sweetwater Yes TSG Consumer Partners <50% 2014 Atlanta Georgia
Staropramen No Molson Coors 100% 2012 Prague Czech Republic
Square Mill Cider No Craft Brew Alliance 67.8% CBA
32.2% AB InBev
2013 Portland Oregon
Spoetzl (Shiner) Yes The Gambrinus Company 100% 1989 Shiner Texas
Southern Tier Yes Artisanal Brewing Ventures 100% 2016 Lakewood New York
Short's Brewing Yes Lagunitas US Holdings LLC (Heineken) 19.9% 2017 Bellaire Michigan
Shock Top No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2006 Fort Collins Colorado
Sharp's No Molson Coors 100% 2011 Cornwall England
Saint Archer No Miller Coors >50% 2015 San Diego California
Revolver No MillerCoors >50% 2016 Granbury Texas
Redhook No Craft Brew Alliance 67.8% CBA
32.2% AB InBev
2013 Seattle Washington
Pyramid No North American Breweries 100% 2008 Portland Seattle
Portland No North American Breweries 100% 2008 Portland Seattle
Brewery Considered Craft? Owner/Investor % Owned Year Acquired City State
Perrin Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2015 Grand Rapids Michigan
Pabst No TSG Consumer Partners 100% 2014 Los Angeles California
Oskar Blues Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2015 Longmont Colorado
Ommegang Yes Duvel Moortgat 100% 2003 Cooperstown New York
Omission No Craft Brew Alliance 67.8% CBA
32.2% AB InBev
2013 Portland Oregon
Newcastle Brown Ale No Heineken 100% 2008   Netherlands
New Belgium Yes Employee Owned 100% 2013 Fort Collins Colorado
Mass Bay Brewing Yes Employee Owned 100% 2014 Boston Massachusetts
Magnolia Brewing Yes New Belgium Brewing 100% 2017 San Francisco California
Magic Hat No North American Breweries 100% 2010 South Burlington Vermont
Leinenkugel's No MillerCoors 100% 1988 Chippewa Falls Wisconsin
Lagunitas No Heineken 100% 2017 Petaluma California
Kona No Craft Brew Alliance 67.8% CBA
32.2% AB InBev
2013 Kailua-Kona Hawaii
Killian's Irish Red No MillerCoors 100%      
Karbach No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Houston Texas
Hop Valley No MillerCoors >50% 2016 Eugene Oregon
Honey Brown (Dundee) No North American Breweries 100% 2010 Rochester New York
Harpoon Brewery Yes Mass Bay Brewing 100% 1986 Boston Massachusetts
Hamm's No MillerCoors 100% 1999 St. Paul Minnesota
Goose Island No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2011 Chicago Illinois
Golden Road No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Los Angeles California
Genessee No North American Breweries 100% 2009 Rochester New York
Funky Buddha No Constellation Brands 100% 2017 Boca Raton Florida
Funkwerks Yes Brooklyn Brewery (Kirin) <50% 2017 Fort Collins Colorado
Full Sail Yes Encore Consumer Capital 100% 2015 Hood River Oregon
Brewery Considered Craft? Owner/Investor % Owned Year Acquired City State
Franciscan Well No Molson Coors 100% 2013 Cork City Ireland
Four Peaks No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Tempe Arizona
Four Corners No Constellation Brands 100% 2018 Dallas Texas
Founders No Mahou-San Miguel 30% 2014 Grand Rapids Michigan
Fort Collins Yes Red Truck Beer Company 100% 2017 Fort Collins Colorado
Fordham and Dominion No Anheuser-Busch InBev 40% 2007 Dover Delaware
Firestone Walker Yes Duvel Moortgat 100% 2015 Paso Robles California
Elysian No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2015 Seattle Washington
Devil's Backbone No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Roseland Virginia
Deep Ellum Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2018 Dallas Texas
Concrete Beach Yes A&S Brewing (aka Boston Beer Company) 100% 2015 Fort Lauderdale Florida
Clown Shoes Yes Mass Bay Brewing 100% 2017 Ipswich Massachusetts
Cigar City Yes CANarchy / Fireman Capital Partners 100% 2016 Tampa Bay Florida
Brooklyn Brewing Yes Kirin Holding Corp 24.5% 2015 Brooklyn New York
BridgePort Yes The Gambrinus Company 100% 1995 Portland Oregon
BrewDog Yes TSG Consumer Partners 23% 2017 Ellon Scotland
Breckenridge No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2016 Littleton Colorado
Boulevard Yes Duvel Moortgat 100% 2014 Kansas City Missouri
Blue Point No Anheuser-Busch InBev 100% 2014 Patchogue New York
Blue Moon No MillerCoors 100% 1995 Golden Colorado
Batch 19 No MillerCoors 100% 2011    
Ballast Point No Constellation Brands 100% 2015 San Diego California
Avery Brewing No Mahou-San Miguel 30% 2017 Boulder Colorado
Anchor Brewing No Sapporo Holdings Ltd 100% 2017 San Francisco California
Alpine Beer Yes Green Flash Brewing 100% 2015 San Diego California

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