Goose Island is not a Anheuser Busch product

Update[03/28/2011 at 8:08 am]:  Title should now read Goose Island IS a Anheuser Busch product

I have seen this mentioned on the net a few times and I just want to be clear that it is simply not true. I just want to clarify that Goose Island is not a Anheuser Busch product. They recently signed a deal with Anheuser Busch for them to distribute Goose Island products.  Widmer did buy a stake in the company.  AB does own a share of Widmer. Why does this matter? It doesn’t.  AB does not have any hand in the brewing of the beer. I am a beer geek and I try to drink non macro.  I just don’t want them getting piled on because of a rumor. While Goose is not my favorite brewer (they certainly rank in the top ten) they do produce great beers (Matilda is amazing) that are produced locally.  I am just trying to stick up for a local micro that is trying to run a business.

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    thanks to technology, I noticed your link to my blog. Your references are very helpful, and thanks for the info! I will correct both my brain and my blog. Two things, 1. How did you come across my blog, and 2. Did you try to comment? if not, Would you? – I am trying to see if I can have comments/discussion on my site, with out insane amts of spam.

  2. jim bob #

    Yes. Yes, it does matter.

    Goose Island is distributed by AB. AB owns a stake in Widmer, and Widmer has a stake in Goose Island.

    So why should anyone buy Goose Island?

    Part of the profits go straight to AB, through distribution agreements or through Widmer.

    AB did nothing to build the recipes, open up the craft brewing market, or build up Goose Island as a business. AB just wants a cut of the business even though they’ve done no work to earn it.

    I don’t want any of my beer money to go to AB — not through subsidaries, and not through distributors. AB is anti-free market, anti-capitalist and anti-democracy. Politically they don’t really understand America or believe in it, and they sure hate to have to compete on a level playing field as much as they hate good beer.

    This move was a major mistake by Goose Island. Same for Red Hook, also a brand that at one point had a little integrity.

    BTW — saw your update up at the top. If the headline “should” read ‘Goose Island IS an Anheuser Busch product’ then CHANGE THE HEADLINE. Otherwise you are obviously intentionally misleading your readers. Which, I guess that was the original point.

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    Jim Bob, if you like their beer drink it. If not then don’t drink it.

    I honestly hope that the beer does not change with the purchase by AB (not the topic of this post), time will tell. Personally I am willing to wait and see.

    Regarding changing the title, I don’t make a habit of changing the title of posts from 4 years ago or for anytime in the past. When it was posted it was accurate and I stand by that. Given that AB did end up buying it I thought it was worthwhile to make an update to the post. To state that I am intentionally trying to mislead anybody reading is a little heavy handed in my book.

  4. John #

    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.

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    Just to be clear. This post was from 2007. I am not actively making updates to it. John your analysis is correct for the current situation.

  6. Paul S #

    Just bought a case of Goose Island IPA at my neighborhood beer distributor who billed it as this month’s fine microbrew. With the first taste, I knew I’d been had: think old Bud with some added hop bitterness. This site topped the search results for who owns Goose Island. I’d never tasted a Goose Island beer before today, so I don’t know if they were ever any good before. Having been through this before with other micros I knew were good before AB destroyed them, I’m inclined to give the malevolent giant credit for another kill. I wonder how much my local distributor got paid to sell me out.


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