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Old 03-28-2011, 05:09 PM   #11
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I was just about to post this. Very sad day in the craft beer world.

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:11 PM   #12
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According to John Hall's statement on Goose Island's website they've already been in partnership with them for 5 years...

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Over the past five years our partnerships with Craft Brewers Alliance and Anheuser-Busch have enabled Goose Island to reach a growing number of beer drinkers. This has fueled our growth to the point that demand for our beers has outgrown the capacity of our brewery. Recently, we’ve even had to limit production of some classic and medal-winning styles. To keep up with growing demand from drinkers we’ve explored a variety of paths too secure new capital to support our growth.

Today’s agreement to consolidate ownership of Goose Island under Anheuser-Busch will provide us with the best resources available to continue along our path of growth and innovation.

I am more excited than ever about Goose Island’s future. With the support and financial backing of our new partner, we will continue to brew our authentic classic styles, develop new amazing beers, and serve our drinkers.
That might me why we can actually GET goose Island products in stores.

As long as GI gets to maintain control of their product, then all it's gonna really do is expand GI's distribution...So to me that's a good thing.

I just don't get bent out of shape about stuff like this, I just try to look at side of things. But then again I don't buy into the whole AHB is the "evil empire" nonsense.

Heck maybe that will mean their annual bourbon barrel stout will be made in a larger run.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:15 PM   #13
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According to John Hall's statement on Goose Island's website they've already been in partnership with them for 5 years...



That might me why we can actually GET goose Island products in stores.

As long as GI gets to maintain control of their product, then all it's gonna really do is expand GI's distribution...So to me that's a good thing.

I just don't get bent out of shape about stuff like this, I just try to look at side of things. But then again I don't buy into the whole AHB is the "evil empire" nonsense.

Heck maybe that will mean their annual bourbon barrel stout will be made in a larger run.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:15 PM   #14
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Crap. I really liked their IPA and several others.

And to think that AB won't change the recipe is absurd. Of course they will do whatever the hell they want once they get in there.

On the positive side, expect someone as talented as Greg Hall to announce his involvement with another, or even his own, brewery. It happens all the time.

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Shouldn't that say AB-In-Bev ?

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there has been another thread about this

the biggest bombshell there is Greg Hall is stepping down as brewmaster.

Yeah, AB has owned 30-some-odd percent of them for the past 5 years. this might be different....i wonder how much "control" of the product John Hall will be able to maintain

we'll see i guess.

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Shouldn't that say AB-In-Bev ?
That's the only thing that I really found odd about the whole thing. None of the articles call it AB/Inbev. They may mention inbev at the end of the article, but not in the initial part, I wonder if they are downplaying it or not.
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Terrible news. Another megacorp making ****ty beer just got bigger, which means every time a craft beer drinker buys Goose Island's beer, A/B will profit.

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But Bourbon County Stout was my favorite.

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there has been another thread about this

the biggest bombshell there is Greg Hall is stepping down as brewmaster.

Yeah, AB has owned 30-some-odd percent of them for the past 5 years. this might be different....i wonder how much "control" of the product John Hall will be able to maintain

we'll see i guess.
Yeah, this. The partnership, up until now, was a distribution partnership. Now GI is losing its Brewmaster. Quite a different arrangement.
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