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Friday
May282010

Small Breweries Acquired by Holdings Companies

The discussion this week is about small breweries that sell a portion of their brewery to third party entities.  Sometimes these parties are Holdings Companies that tend to assist in distribution and marketing expansion.  We here at the Beer Coasters Podcast would like to hear from you, our listeners, about this subject and your opinions.  Here are a couple links to some of the more recent Acquisitions:

 http://anchorbrewing.com/

http://www.mutineermagazine.com/blog/2010/03/anderson-valley-brewing-co-to-be-acquired-by-beer-industry-veteran/

Send us your thoughts and we will use them on the next episode.

hoptopic@beercoasterspodcast.com or you can call it in: 972.914.8502

Thank you

Reader Comments (5)

If the third party is only involved to help with the distribution and expansion of the brewery, without bringing a "Corporate America" totalitarian type of leadership with their nazi-esque demands on cost numbers thus impacting the Craft essence of the beer, then I'm fine with the sale/merger. Having financial backing allows you to share your gift with the masses which increases their quality of life, just like indoor plumbing. Yes, I'll entertain offers from investment firms who would like to put my brewery on the map. And Yes, I'm aware that there may have been a few run-on sentences, but BEEP YOU I'm a brewer not an English professor.

May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTy

I don't see the big deal..... you can't expect an industry that is growing like this to not experience these kinds of changes.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrazyDave

The problem then Dave, is are little breweries going to be able to survive? The holdings companies will support breweries with an established consumer base already and small local breweries will suffer in sales and find it even more difficult to distribute and get shelf space etc...I think all craft breweries need to band together as one large force, with shared legal representation to protect them from discriminating distribution laws and shelf space etc...

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeerCoasterMike

No mike... it's survival of the fitest....... Sam Adams, Stone, and DFH made it just fine... so will other breweries...

I think micro brews are like rockbands.... there are plently of fans out there... they just need to come out with a hit beer to make it.... and it's gonna take talent and some business sense... not some pansy ass protection to do it.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrazydave

I believe microbreweries are like rock bands too.......there are alternative beers, punk beers, hardcore beers, underground beers and yes pop beers. Some beers will make it big, but that doesn't necessary make them good. My point is that they should all be able to go on tour so you can decide for yourself.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeerCoasterMike

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