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5 U.S. Craft Beer Breweries With Partial Overseas Ownership

on 17/01/15 at 10:56 am


Your local craft beer brewer may be more distant than you think.

images2Last year, Bend, Ore.-based 10 Barrel Brewing was bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev  . Through that lone act, the top of 10 Barrel’s company ladder extended from Bend to Belgium and Brazil. And just about anyone in St. Louis can attest that Budweiser is no longer an All-American beer, already a stretch for a beer whose name and formula have Czech origins and are routinely the subject of legal battles in Europe. Belgium’s InBev bought A-B for $52 billion in 2008 and the resulting Anheuser-Busch InBev  has headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing, meanwhile, was acquired by U.K.-via-South Africa’s SAB in 2002, placing it firmly under foreign control as SABMiller  . Denver-based Coors merged with Canada’s Molson in 2005, splitting the brewery between the two countries. Though the term “American” still applies – Canadians will remind U.S. drinkers that both are in North America – it’s tough to call MolsonCoors  a U.S. company when one of its headquarters is in Montreal. MolsonCoors and SABMiller operate under the MillerCoors joint venture here in the U.S., though the multicultural or melting-pot approaches to their mixed heritage are rare among more discerning beer consumers.