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Widmer-Redhook merger would create America’s fourth largest craft brewer…But Brewers Association disagrees

By William Brand
Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 4:03 pm in Uncategorized.

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For the statistical-minded among us (that includes me), I just got the exact production/barrels shipped numbers for Widmer, Portland, OR. and Redhook Ale Brewery, Seattle.

According to the Brewers Association, the craft brewer trade group based in Boulder, CO., Widmer shipped 269,000 barrels of beer in 2006; Redhook shiped 148,000. If Redhook voters approve the merger announced this week, that would make the new company to be known as xx, the nation’s fourth-largest craft brewery, trailing number one Boston Beer (Sam Adams) with shipments last year of 1,613,000 barrels; number two, Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA. , 638,705 barrels, and number three New Belgium, Fort Collins, CO. 437,000 barrels.
The new number five would be Pyramid, Seattle-Berkeley, 198,047 barrels and Deschutes, Bend, OR. would be pushed to number six, last year’s shipments 159,268 barrels.

There’s one caveat, Julia Herz of the Brewers Association says. The group doesn’t count either Widmer or Redhook as craft brewers, because they’re each one-third owned by giant Anheuser-Busch. That’s their opinion. Both breweries, in my opinion, have their roots deep in craft beer history.

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  • Bob Skilnik

    Stupid and elitist attitude from the Brewers Association. Would they take ad dollars from Widmer or Redhook, even if A-B owns a piece of them?