Chicago businesses protest Goose Island brewery sale to Anheuser-Busch

on 30/03/11 at 11:05 am


Restaurant & beer bar, the Hopcat, boycotting Goose Island beer Press file photo

Popular Chicago brewery Goose Island recently announced it had been sold to Anheuser-Busch. The $38.8 million sale will include a $1.3 million expansion of Goose Island’s brewing capacity. The brewery previously used Anheuser-Busch as a distributor.

This, not surprisingly, is controversial. Considering the loyalty for which craft-brew drinkers are known, it’s bound to sting when the the manufacturer of Budweiser, Michelob, Rolling Rock and other watery beers acquires a hometown favorite. Needless to say, there are a lot of angry Chicago beer drinkers. Imagine, for example, if Founders did this; we’d be rioting in the streets.

While it remains unclear exactly how the sale will effect the Goose Island operation, Grand Rapids appears to be joining in the revolt.

Local restaurant/beer-bar the Hopcat is opting out of serving Goose Island as a result of the sale. A link to a story about the sale showed up Monday on the Hopcat’s Facebook page along with the following statement:

This deal is a big step toward the “corporat-ization” of craft beer. If this trend picks up steam, eventually Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Brewing, Bell’s, Yuengling, and dozens of others will ultimately be owned by the BIG 3 corporate titans. To protest this in our own small way…we will no longer serve any Goose Island products. Hey Goose Island: You’re sell-outs!

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