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KUbrew 03-28-2011 01:53 PM

Goose Island and AB
Anybody know any more about this. I think they have had some sort of agreement for a while but not sure what it is. And that statement is pretty vague.


Mike_A 03-28-2011 01:56 PM

Oh noes, I-AB now owns (a majority of?) Goose Island? I hope this doesn't change them...

motobrewer 03-28-2011 01:59 PM

AB had a minority stake in Goose Island for a few (4/5/6?) years now

woah, bigger news is that Greg Hall is stepping down. That's a shame, what's gonna happen to the belgian line? wonder where he'll go...

jarod7736 03-28-2011 02:12 PM

This reads like an all out sale, and Greg Hall leaving is huge. Time will tell of course, but i'm glad I got my BCS Rare while i could.

motobrewer 03-28-2011 02:37 PM

well...it is an all-out sale. AB will own 100%. I can't see how this is gonna end well, especially with Greg leaving.

FromZwolle 03-28-2011 02:46 PM

not cool! not at all.

Acoma 03-28-2011 03:09 PM

Goose Island selling to Anheuser-Busch
By Josh Noel

8:50 AM CDT, March 28, 2011


Big shake up on the local beer scene: Goose Island Beer Co., responsible for the delicious (Bourbon Country Brand Stout) and the hugely popular (312 wheat ale) is being bought out by Anheuser-Busch.

The makers of Budweiser will pay a total of $38.8 million for the brewery on Fulton Street that sends its beers across the globe. Though jarring in an industry that prides itself on independence and creativity, the move isn't completely unexpected. Anheuser-Busch has held a minority stake in the company since 2006, and been playing a role in distribution of the company's beer.

Brewmaster Greg Hall, whose father John Hall started the brewery in 1988, will be stepping down and replaced by (the appropriately named) head brewer Brett Porter. Porter was previous head brewer of well-respected Oregon brewery Deschutes Brewery before coming to Goose last year.

I'm told Greg will announce his future plans in the next few weeks.

Goose's two brew pubs in the city, on Clark Street and Clybourn Avenue, are not involved in the deal and will continue to be owned by John Hall and a group of partners.

I just got off the phone with John Hall, who is remaining as the company's chief executive officer. He said Goose's commitment to interesting and creative beer, like the recently released Pepe Nero (a black saison) or the upcoming Big John (a stout aged with cocoa nibs) will not change.

"They didn’t buy us to change what we’re doing," he said.

If AB was going to water down the product, "I wouldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t have worked 23 years to build what I have to (throw) it away in five minutes."

Hall also issued a letter to Goose fans this morning on the company's web site, touting the ability for "growth and innovation" as a result of the deal.

The Stew and the Tribune's business section will be updating the story throughout the day.

GeoGirl 03-28-2011 03:37 PM

Goose Island Now Owned by A-B
Just reported that A-B is taking over Chicago's Goose Island - http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2...se-island.html

HopHead24 03-28-2011 03:41 PM

Not good!!!

drsocc 03-28-2011 04:43 PM

Anheuser-Busch to buy Goose Island for $38.8 million

If this is in the wrong forum, could a mod please move it to the appropriate one/ delete if its a repost?

oh yeah,


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