Lexington Herald-Leader, “Battle between Anheuser-Busch and craft beer makers spilling over into Kentucky legislature”

“Craft brewers fear being squeezed out of the market once a distributorship is in the hands of a brewer that sells primarily its own products. “If they buy the distributorship,” said Daniel Harrison, co-owner of Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, craft brands like his “are left out in the cold.” AB InBev took the matter to court. After Franklin Circuit …

IThinkAboutBeer.com “AB-InBev: Why It Matters Who Owns The Brewery”

On ABI’s systemic job cuts and cultural changes: “Since he [Brito] became CEO, He shut down Manchester’s storied Boddingtons brewery. Then he went after the revived Hoegaarden brewery; shutting it down.  Consumers noticed the quality decline almost immediately.  Once all the profits had been wrung out of the cuts, share prices plateaued in 2008. Then came the hostile take over …

St. Louis Business Journal “Kentucky bill could block Anheuser-Busch from distributing beer in the state”

“A-B’s efforts to add distributions to its business in Kentucky have raised a rhetorical and regulatory battle between the brewer and those wanting to preserve Kentucky’s three-tier system of alcohol distribution in the state, which aims to keep producers, wholesalers and retailers separate and independent. In August, A-B applied for a distributor’s license as part of a deal to acquire …

Examiner.com “Kentucky legislation aims to boost local microbeweries”

“Legislation recently introduced in Kentucky aims to bring to a head a dispute between a large international beer brewing operation, and Kentucky’s microbreweries, The Courier-Journal reported Jan. 13. Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), headquartered in Belgium, acquired a distributor in Owensboro last year, but had to go to court to assume operations there, because state regulators were not convinced that a brewer …

Insider Louisville “Stumbo files House bill that would block A-B InBev beer distributorship purchase”

“KEG estimates the precedent set by the A-B InBev purchase could theoretically cost more than 1,500 jobs in Kentucky. There is also the concern that Anheuser-Busch and InBev, which only sell their own products, could push out local brewers of craft beer in addition to out-of-state beers popular in Kentucky. For Louisvillians who love their craft beer, that could mean …

Courier-Journal “Stumbo wants lawmakers to join Ky. beer battle”

“Stumbo said in a statement Monday that the legislation would promote consistency in the post-Prohibition three-tier system, which generally prevents overlapping among alcohol makers, distributors and retailers. The purpose is to avoid the excesses by breweries that led to over-consumption and, ultimately, Prohibition. The notable exception in Kentucky has been with larger brewers. ‘In many instances, the General Assembly has …

WKMS, “House Speaker Stumbo Files Bill to Prohibit Brewery-Owned Distributorships”

“A debate over beer distribution has made its way to the Kentucky legislature. House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed House Bill 168 to specify malt beverage licenses and prohibit brewery-owned distributorships. The bill comes after brewer Anheuser-Busch’s  disputed purchase of a distributorship in Owensboro. Businesses and organizations across the state and nation believe allowing Anheuser-Busch to distribute in the area gives …

LouisvilleBeer.com “Three tiers for Anheuser-Busch!”

“Our local breweries are reliant on the network of independent beer distributors in the state to get you their beer.  Also, those same distributors that get  out-of-state beers you hoard in your basements or fill up your recycling bins with.  If the worlds largest beer manufacturer is allowed to control its own distribution, our smaller breweries will be shut out of the …