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Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« on: April 22, 2020, 09:45:53 PM »
From the list below, which brewery do you think will remain independent and in business the longest?

Sierra Nevada
Bell's
Stone
Deschutes
Brooklyn
New Glarus
Harpoon
Alaskan
Great Lakes

(these are the top 20 largest craft brewers in the US as defined by the BA excluding Yuengling, Minhas, Matt, and companies that are in some joint venture)

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2020, 10:04:06 PM »
I'd put my money on Bells.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 10:14:25 PM »
I'll go for New Glarus.  They won't even distribute outside the state, so they seem less likely to sell out.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 11:19:20 PM »
For both Bells and New Glarus I worry about family run businesses. Crappy offspring can devastate a business.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 11:25:14 PM »
Can employee-owned breweries sell out? I mean, if it’s not unanimous to sell their shares?

Also, are these nine the only independent ones in the top 20?

Honestly, I thought Harpoon already partially sold out, but wasn’t really paying attention.

I know Bells and New Glarus have no interest, same story for Deschutes it sounds like.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2020, 02:06:18 PM »

Honestly, I thought Harpoon already partially sold out, but wasn’t really paying attention.

I was thinking the same, but it looks like they went employee-owned in 2014
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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2020, 06:05:45 PM »
I wonder if the window was missed.  Why would anyone acquire a brewery at this point?  I get Stone since they have such a robust distribution program but other than that...
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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2020, 07:23:51 PM »
For both Bells and New Glarus I worry about family run businesses. Crappy offspring can devastate a business.

That's a great point.  I wonder what type of succession plans they have. 

I just hope I outlive them.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2020, 09:14:42 PM »
I wonder if the window was missed.  Why would anyone acquire a brewery at this point?  I get Stone since they have such a robust distribution program but other than that...
Perhaps some great bargains out there with the recession/pandemic.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2020, 12:56:13 PM »
I wonder if the window was missed.  Why would anyone acquire a brewery at this point?  I get Stone since they have such a robust distribution program but other than that...
Perhaps some great bargains out there with the recession/pandemic.
Hopefully it doesn’t spur further consolidation into the borg ABInBev.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2022, 12:48:25 PM »
Stumbled on this older older thread.  I called Bell's but didn't see Stone two years ago.

Anyone want to take a stab at the next brewery to sell?

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2022, 01:04:18 PM »
Alaskan went employee-owned in 2012, and GLBC did in 2018. I feel like it's either do that, have a succession plan, or sell out.

Or pull an HOTD. :tombstone:

Brooklyn most likely, since they already partially sold to Kirin.

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2022, 09:18:29 PM »
Alaskan went employee-owned in 2012, and GLBC did in 2018. I feel like it's either do that, have a succession plan, or sell out.

Or pull an HOTD. :tombstone:

Brooklyn most likely, since they already partially sold to Kirin.

Name a brewery that has its own distro business and they are sure to be at the top of the list
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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2022, 10:09:40 PM »
Alaskan went employee-owned in 2012, and GLBC did in 2018. I feel like it's either do that, have a succession plan, or sell out.

Or pull an HOTD. :tombstone:

Brooklyn most likely, since they already partially sold to Kirin.
Name a brewery that has its own distro business and they are sure to be at the top of the list
I am not sure any of them have their own distro (like Stone did).

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Re: Which craft brewer will maintain independence the longest?
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2022, 07:45:46 AM »
Even before I read the rest of the thread, Great Lakes and Deschutes stood out for me... and if GLBC is employee owned, that kinda takes it out of play.  Deschutes actually acquired another, Boneyard (more or less) and they displayed some real savvy be pausing the VA expansion, particularly since most all the other east coast forays (except for SN) have been lackluster.
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