Friday, May 10, 2019

Boston Beer eats Dogfish

WTOP News:
The Boston Beer Company — makers of the Samuel Adams beer brand and the second largest craft brewer in the United States — and Delaware-based brewer Dogfish Head Craft Brewery said Thursday that they plan to merge the companies in a deal valued at more than $300 million.
Wondering when the craft beer bubble will burst has been a chat-over-beers pastime for a few years now. Though there have been other notable buy-outs, this one strikes home coming between two respected brands with no mega-brewer involvement.

Sam Adams Boston Lager is a safe port in a storm; available nearly everywhere on tap yet tasty enough to compete with smaller-brand, craftier products. Head brewer Jim Koch is a well-respected leader among American craft brewers.

This merger is a shame, though. Dogfish Head is one of my favorite craft operations for its product line-up and attitude toward fine beer production, and operates a string of ale house restaurants in our area. I'll miss the Dogfish brand and owner/head brewer Sam Calagione's industry leadership.

I imagine Boston Brewing will maintain the top-selling Dogfish products, but less-popular products such as their ancient ales collection are, I fear, headed for oblivion.

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