Craft M&A Heating Up + Deals Coming

Posted by: Timothy A Nemeckay Publish Date: May 25, 2017

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Craft M&A Heating
Up + Deals Coming
Anheuser-Busch to Purchase
Wicked Weed Brewing

Anheuser-Busch InBev is making its first U.S. craft brewery purchase of 2017, today announcing the acquisition of North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing.

Specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the deal is subject to regulatory approval. Recall that last year, the U.S. Department of Justice promised to “carefully scrutinize any future craft acquisitions” by A-B.

“We have chosen to partner with The High End to position ourselves to make Wicked Weed what we imagined it could be when we first sat at a craft beer bar and talked about opening a brewery,” co-founder Walt Dickinson said via a press release. “As a brewer, giving our team more resources to continue innovating our portfolio and the ability to reach more craft drinkers, allows us to keep putting the beer and the people first.”

Wicked Weed, based in the popular craft beer-soaked mecca of Asheville, North Carolina, is the 10th U.S. craft brewery to sell to Anheuser-Busch InBev since 2011. It joins Goose Island (Chicago), Blue Point Brewing (New York), 10 Barrel Brewing (Oregon), Elysian Brewing (Seattle), Golden Road (Los Angeles), Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado), Four Peaks Brewing (Arizona), Devils Backbone (Virginia) and Karbach Brewing (Texas), in A-B’s craft and import focused “High End” portfolio.

Wicked Weed currently produces beer out of four breweries. Its fourth facility, built last year, is located on 17 acres in South Asheville and spans 57,000 sq. ft. It is entirely devoted to the production of sour, farmhouse and wild-fermented beers.

The company opened its third production space, a 40,000 sq. ft. brewery that features a 50-barrel brewhouse, in July 2015.

For the complete story visit Brewbound: www.brewbound.com/news/anheuser-busch-purchase-wicked-weed-brewing

Heineken Completes
Lagunitas Buyout

Less than two years after purchasing a 50 percent stake in California and Chicago-based craft beer maker Lagunitas, Heineken International today announced it was coming back for the other half of the fast-growing U.S. craft brewery.

Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however the remaining 50 percent stake could be worth about $500 million, based on a previous valuation of the Lagunitas business.

In August 2015, when Heineken acquired its initial 50 percent stake in the brewery, sources familiar with craft beer transactions told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Lagunitas’ hometown paper, that the deal could be have valued the company at $1 billion.

In a press release, Heineken said Lagunitas founder Tony Magee would remain “active” as the executive chairman of the craft outfit and become Heineken’s director of global craft.

For the complete story visit Brewbound: www.brewbound.com/news/heineken-completes-lagunitas-buyout

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