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Wicked Weed to sell to Anheuser-Busch; backlash ensues; Funkatorium canceled
Friday, 02 June 2017 10:55

From Staff Reports

Anheuser-Busch InBev— a brewing giant, making its first U.S. craft brewery purchase of 2017 — announced on May 3 its acquisition of Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing.

The acquisition prompted an outcry among Asheville craft beer enthusiasts in the local news media and on social media. 

Wicked Weed, billed as an innovative brewery, will be joining  A-B’s The High End, a business unit focused on craft and import brands. The High End was established in 2015

Wicked Weed, founded in Asheville in 2012 by Walt and Luke Dickinson and Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy, has created nearly 600 different beers since it opened almost five years ago. The owners said on May 3 that they anticipated the 1,000-beer mark might be reached relatively quickly. But they said not to expect major changes at the brewery with the pending acquisition.

In the aftermath, Wicked Weed announced that it will cancel its July Funkatorium Invitational, previously known as Funk Asheville. It plans, instead, to host another “reimagined” festival on Sept. 16.

 



 


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