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Old 04-22-2011, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default Will you buy Goose Island beers now?

A simple question - will you buy Goose Island beer now that they are owned by AB InBev?

Here's my 2 cents. I do not plan on buying Goose Island beers. I have no problem with John Hall selling - he built a brand and then sold it for millions of dollars. Good for him. He says this sort of deal was necessary to continue to expand. I'm fine with that. He has assured everyone that the beer is going to remain unchanged. While I have a hard time believing that - maybe it will remain unchanged for a little while, I expect eventually the products will change to accommodate cheaper ingredients/processes or a more broad palate base - this is not the reason I will not buy his beers. My reason is that, quite frankly, I don't see any need to give AB InBev my money when there are 100s of other smaller, independently owned breweries out there that make really great beer. By all accounts Goose Island makes excellent beer. But is it so unique that I will miss it if I never have it again? I have other choices of really excellent beers. So, given the choice between two really excellent beers, I'm going to choose to pay for the one that is NOT owned by a multi-national, 30-billion dollar company.

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Old 04-22-2011, 03:15 AM   #2
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In short, yes...i live in chicago, so its easy for me to drink their 'non-commercial' beer selections, and support the still-GI-owned brewpubs

But, i'd still drink their brews until i noticed a change in quality

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I've always tried to support the smaller or more local breweries.

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I have no problem with capitalism. I'd buy one tomorrow if it were available here.

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Shouldn't this poll have been started months/years ago when InBev acquired a huge interest in Goose Island in the first place?

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Old 04-22-2011, 03:19 AM   #6
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Shouldn't this poll have been started months/years ago when InBev acquired a huge interest in Goose Island in the first place?
At that point, they were just getting into large distribution
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BTW, from Goose Island's website:

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Goose Island’s legal name is Fulton Street Brewery LLC (FSB). Anheuser-Busch reached an agreement to purchase the majority (58 percent) equity stake in FSB from its founders and investors, held in Goose Holdings Inc. (GHI), for $22.5 million. Craft Brewers Alliance Inc. (CBA), an independent, publicly traded brewer based in Portland, Ore., that operates Widmer Brothers, Redhook and Kona breweries, owns the remaining 42 percent of FSB and reached an agreement in principle to sell its stake in FSB to Anheuser-Busch for $16.3 million in cash. Anheuser‑Busch holds a minority stake (32.25 percent) in CBA.
Guess you guys shouldn't have been buying Goose Island before, either. AB owned a minority share already!

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That brand will be gone soon... It'll follow James Page.

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Check out Two Brothers Brewing they are way better anyway.From Chicago. I just had GI on tap but i blame it sitting in the keg not great. as everybody is cheaper lighter miller bud fans.I just hear like great beers like Bell and whatnot is so much better on draft but then again if its been sitting in a keg a while because of all the clueless phoneys drinking their brainwashed beer never buy it then give it a bad name that sucks too. I do like the harvest ale alot though.
Im just wondering if this whole pissing in the draft beers thing is a marketing ploy.

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Yes. The brewpubs are independent and I visit them often. Also, as stated they were already partially owned by AB.

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