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Anheuser-Busch InBev acquires Texas-based Karbach Brewing Co.

The five-year-old brewery joins Devils Backbone, Breckenridge, Goose Island and others as part of AB InBev's "High End" portfolio.
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Houston-based Karbach Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev’s High End division, according to an AB InBev release and a post on Karbach’s Facebook page, which states:

We’re excited to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with Anheuser-Busch to join their High End division. In the 5 years we’ve [sic] in business, we’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support for our beers and culture. tweet

In fact, we’ve been overwhelmed with brewing and selling quality beer to drinkers across Texas. This partnership will allow us to continue to grow and focus more on brewing new and exciting beers for you to enjoy. tweet

We’re still a Texas brewery, with Texas employees, making great Texas beer on Karbach Street. tweet

Karbach is known for its German-style beers including Weisse Versa Wheat and Sympathy for the Lager, as well as for hoppy ales like Hopadillo IPA and Rodeo Clown double IPA. “We are so grateful for the growth we’ve experienced in this first phase of Karbach, but we have maxed out our growth potential on our own, and a partnership with The High End will open doors to keep innovating and experimenting with our unique styles and continue to expand,” Karbach co-founder Chuck Robertson says in the release.

The statement goes on to say that Anheuser-Busch plans to invest in Karbach to allow it to reach an annual brewing capacity of 150,000 barrels by 2019. The Houston-based brewery had already been ramping up production at a considerable clip, having increased from close to 19,000 barrels in 2013 to more than 55,000 barrels last year, according to data from the Brewers Association.

Karbach is the most recent brewery to be acquired by AB InBev; the beer giant picked up Virginia-based Devils Backbone in April.

 

 

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Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.

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