You can’t hardly swing a dead cat around the beer blogosphere the last couple of days without running into chatter about the InBev takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (Latest news: A-B accepted the offer at $70/share, or about $52 billion.) I’ve avoided writing about any of it (until now) because, frankly, I’d rather write about beer than about the business of giant corporations. And I really have nothing to add.
Once the takeover of Anheuser-Busch by InBev is completed, a curious thing will happen to the landscape of American brewing. It’s certainly something I never expected to be writing in my lifetime, but it’s true. The Boston Beer Co., who brew the Samuel Adams line of beers, will be the biggest brewer in America.
All the largest, corporate brewers are (will be) owned by foreign interests: InBev/A-B by a Belgian company; MolsonCoors by a Canadian company; and SABMiller by a South African company. The largest American-owned and operated brewers will now be Samuel Adams, Yuengling, and Sierra Nevada.