Dozens of craft breweries for sale (but not us)

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Dozens of craft breweries for sale (but not us)

Interesting post from Brewbound today. According to a recent report from Reuters, which leans on some unnamed sources for its intel, a few notable craft breweries are courting offers for full or partial sale of their company. It's a pretty good read, and gives a very realistic view of the current craft beer business landscape. It also has a neat little list of merger and acquisition activity amongst the top 50 craft breweries. You know what? We're on that list. Why? Because we sold our company...to ourselves, back in the beginning of 2013

From the post:

"Merger & acquisition activity amongst top 50 craft breweries has accelerated considerably in the last two years and the list of prominent craft players that have sold all or parts of their companies is growing (the following is ranked according to 2014 production volumes):

  • New Belgium Brewing (sold 100 percent to ESOP, 2013) (my edit to add: ESOP is Employee Stock Ownership Program)
  • Firestone Walker Brewing (sold to Duvel USA, 2015)
  • Boulevard Brewing (sold to Duvel USA October 2013)
  • Harpoon Brewery (sold 48 percent to ESOP, July 2014)
  • Founders Brewing (sold 30 percent to Mahou San Miguel, 2014)
  • Sweetwater Brewing (sold minority stake to TSG Consumer Partners, 2014)
  • Abita Brewing (sold to private equity-backed Enjoy Beer LLC., 2015)
  • Oskar Blues Brewery (sold stake to Fireman Capital, 2015)
  • Full Sail Brewing (exited ESOP via sale to Encore Consumer Capital, 2015)
  • Odell Brewing (sold 70 percent to management team and ESOP, 2014)
  • Southern Tier Brewing (sold partial stake to Ulysees Management, 2014)
  • Uinta Brewing (sold partial stake to Riverside Capital, 2014)
  • Left Hand Brewing (sold majority to ESOP, 2015)
  • Green Flash Brewing (acquired Alpine Brewing, 2014)

Others notable transactions:

  • Long Trail Brewing (acquired by Fulham & Co., 2006)
  • Anchor Brewing (sold to Griffin Group, 2010)
  • North American Breweries (sold to Cerveceria Costa Rica, S.A., 2012)
  • Vermont Hard Cider (sold to C&C Group, 2012)"

Good read — Chris

Interesting post from Brewbound today. According to a recent report from Reuters, which leans on some unnamed sources for its intel, a few notable craft breweries are courting offers for full or partial sale of their company. It's a pretty good read, and gives a very realistic view of the current craft beer business landscape. It also has a neat little list of merger and acquisition activity amongst the top 50 craft breweries. You know what? We're on that list. Why? Because we sold our company...to ourselves, back in the beginning of 2013

From the post:

"Merger & acquisition activity amongst top 50 craft breweries has accelerated considerably in the last two years and the list of prominent craft players that have sold all or parts of their companies is growing (the following is ranked according to 2014 production volumes):

  • New Belgium Brewing (sold 100 percent to ESOP, 2013) (my edit to add: ESOP is Employee Stock Ownership Program)
  • Firestone Walker Brewing (sold to Duvel USA, 2015)
  • Boulevard Brewing (sold to Duvel USA October 2013)
  • Harpoon Brewery (sold 48 percent to ESOP, July 2014)
  • Founders Brewing (sold 30 percent to Mahou San Miguel, 2014)
  • Sweetwater Brewing (sold minority stake to TSG Consumer Partners, 2014)
  • Abita Brewing (sold to private equity-backed Enjoy Beer LLC., 2015)
  • Oskar Blues Brewery (sold stake to Fireman Capital, 2015)
  • Full Sail Brewing (exited ESOP via sale to Encore Consumer Capital, 2015)
  • Odell Brewing (sold 70 percent to management team and ESOP, 2014)
  • Southern Tier Brewing (sold partial stake to Ulysees Management, 2014)
  • Uinta Brewing (sold partial stake to Riverside Capital, 2014)
  • Left Hand Brewing (sold majority to ESOP, 2015)
  • Green Flash Brewing (acquired Alpine Brewing, 2014)

Others notable transactions:

  • Long Trail Brewing (acquired by Fulham & Co., 2006)
  • Anchor Brewing (sold to Griffin Group, 2010)
  • North American Breweries (sold to Cerveceria Costa Rica, S.A., 2012)
  • Vermont Hard Cider (sold to C&C Group, 2012)"

Good read — Chris

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