Private equity in craft beer means a massive sell-off is coming

A terrific report in Forbes this morning details the effects of private equity investments in the craft brewing industry. During a recent  “meeting of the malts” in Pennsylvania, Dick Yuengling, Jim Koch (Boston Beer Co.) and Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), [pictured l-r, above], discussed the ramifications of outside investors seeking profits in craft beer. Victory … [ Read more]

To sell or not to sell? That is the question in craft beer

With the recent spat of craft breweries selling shares to major brewing conglomerates, the question of selling or staying independent is on the minds of many American craft brewers. While there are many benefits for the craft brewer to sell to a large beer company—including increased distribution, better leverage to source ingredients, and greater marketing resources—many … [ Read more]