The Goose Island Brewing web site is reporting that the Chicago-based brewer has been sold to Anheuser-Busch Inbev for a reported $38.8 million. The founder of Goose Island and its current Chief Executive Officer John Hall is promising that their “commitment to creativity won’t change.” Goose Island’s two brew pubs in Chicago were not part of the deal and will continue to be owned by Hall. Beernews.org is reporting that Goose Island will continue to be brewed in Chicago and that A-B Inbev plans to expand the facilities there.
A-B Inbev already had a minority interest in Goose Island through its involvement in the Craft Brewers Alliance (CBA) out of Portland, OR which has minority ownership of Goose Island since 2006. Other breweries in the Craft Brewers Alliance include Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery and Kona Brewing Company. A-B Inbev has been instrumental in the distribution of the beers from the CBA.