Elysian is the brewery behind well-regarded The Immortal IPA, three-time GABF gold medal-winning The Wise ESB and two-time gold medaller Dragontooth Stout. It owns four brewpubs and a production brewery, which will all be folded into AB-InBev. Elysian’s three owners will remain with the company.
“Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience,” Elysian co-founder and head brewer Dick Cantwell said in a statement.
“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” CEO for the craft division of Anheuser-Busch Andy Goeler said in the same statement. “As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”
As with past acquisitions of Goose Island and 10 Barrel by Anheuser-Busch, expect plenty of hand wringing and talk of push back from some within the craft beer world.