Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A-B InBev Extends Deal with Craft Brew Alliance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A-B InBev Extends Deal with Craft Brew Alliance

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Anheuser-Busch InBev has extended its contract with Craft Brew Alliance for another decade and plans to brew more of its beer under a new contract brewing agreement.

Belgium-based A-B InBev, which has its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, said Tuesday that its current fee structure with Craft Brew Alliance has been extended an additional 10 years, through 2028.

A-B InBev already is a part-owner in Portland, Ore.-based Craft Brew Alliance, whose brands include Hawaii's Kona Brewing Co. and Oregon's Widmer Brothers Brewing. Its other brands are Omission Beer, Square Mile Cider Co. and Resignation Brewery.

Under the new agreement, 300,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance's beer will be brewed at A-B breweries.

"As both of our companies evolved over the past 18 months, it became clear that our strategic focus and commitment to the growth of craft beer were increasingly more aligned, and we started to explore ways to collaborate more closely," Craft Brew Alliance's CEO Andy Thomas said in a statement. …

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