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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

•Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced that it will purchase Wicked Weed Brewing, pending regulatory approval. The Asheville, North Carolina brewery will join Goose Island, Stella Artois and other import and craft breweries in AB InBev’s “The High End” division. Wicked Weed, founded in 2012, is known for its West Coast IPAs and experimental sour beers. According to co-founder Walt Dickinson, joining The High End will allow Wicked Weed to scale up to the size and reach the founders envisioned. The terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. Meanwhile, Anheuser-Busch InBev said its sales to retailers fell 2.9% in the first quarter of 2017, compared with a total beer industry decline of 1.6%. Bud Light and Budweiser were both down by mid single digits for the quarter, while above-premium labels like Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois continued to perform well.

•Massachusetts-based Spencer Brewery is releasing its newest Trappist Ale, Spencer Monks’ Reserve, on June 12. The 10.2%-abv Quadruple ale is brewed using locally sourced and malted barley and is approved by the Board of the International Trappist Association. The Spencer Brewery is a part of St. Joseph’s Abbey and is the only Trappist brewery located outside of Europe. The Spencer Brewery’s beers are sold to support the monastery, with profits donated to charity. Spencer Monks’ Reserve Ale will be available in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio and Michigan.

•Genesee, part of North American Breweries, is debuting two new beers in its Brew House Pilot Batch series. They include a Helles Bock and an Orange Honey Cream Ale. The Helles is a 7%-abv hoppy bock that’s available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Orange Honey Cream is at 6% abv and is brewed with orange peel, spices and honey. It’s rolling out in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Both new brews are launching across Genesee’s Eastern and Mid-Atlantic distribution area.

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