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AB InBev Reportedly Sniffing Around For More Craft Brewers, With Focus On Florida

February 9, 2015

Having recently augmented its craft stable with last month’s acquisition of Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, AB InBev is reportedly eyeing more craft producers, including in the Sunshine State. The Tampa Tribune reports that Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing has been approached by the world’s largest brewer, and fellow Florida craft houses like Cape Canaveral’s Florida Beer Co., Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing and Jacksonville’s Intuition Ale Works are also considered potential acquisition targets.

Cigar City owner Joey Redner told The Tribune regarding ABI’s interest, “We have been approached about having a more in-depth meeting. There hasn’t been a second meeting.” Due South founder Mike Halker, meanwhile, wouldn’t confirm or deny that he’s been approached by ABI, but told The Palm Beach Post that “Due South is not for sale and I would not expect that to change anytime soon.”

In addition to the January purchase of Elysian, which sells around 50,000 barrels annually, ABI welcomed Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing to its craft portfolio in November, joining Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing (acquired a year ago) and Chicago’s Goose Island, acquired in 2011.

ABI sparked controversy in the craft beer community last week, after running a Budweiser ad during the Super Bowl that positioned craft beer as elitist.

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