Anheuser Busch Buys Goose Island?!

News travels fast in the beer world. Upon walking back into work from my dentist appointment, exclamations of “Anheuser Busch bought out Goose Island” ring out like a fire alarm. My immediate reaction is a negative one, after all, I would hate to see the quality of Goose Island beers flushed down the tubes.

Goose Island Logo

Further investigation brings me up to speed on Goose Island’s need for more brewing space. According to John Hall, founder and president of Goose Island, “demand for our beers has grown beyond our capacity to serve our wholesale partners, retailers, and beer lovers.”

Of course, the idea that any craft brewery would be acquired by the brewing giant begs the question, what about continued quality and innovation? Goose Island brews some of my very favorite craft beers. As aforesaid, I would hate to see the quality deteriorate. John Hall is reportedly to remain CEO, overseeing factory expansion, but will that be enough?

I suppose we’ll just have to see, but I’m leery of the idea entirely.



  • Sean Stanton March 28, 2011 @ 1:28pm

    I guess we can only hope that A-B leaves Goose Island alone to be creative like Sleeman’s leaves Unibroue alone to be creative.

  • KrampusNFezziwig March 28, 2011 @ 4:20pm

    we noticed the quality of Unibroue to be variable post take over. Yeast profiles seem off.

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