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IB Deals On Tap: Great Beer Industry Deal Toys

Zombie Dust…Kozy Yak…Surly Darkness…Viking’s Lament…

These are just a few of the (characteristically) cryptic names of craft beers.

But they could also conceivably be subjects of upcoming deals.

2015 saw 19 craft-beer deals announced in the U.S. alone, totaling $13 billion in value; and while high-profile deals have also recently involved global macro brewers such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, and Asahi, craft beers continue to be appealing acquisition targets. Sales in the traditional beer sector have remained flat during the past four years. Craft beers, on the other hand, have more than doubled their share of the $100 billion U.S. market—to 11%. With another 1,755 breweries reported to be in the planning stages as of June, 2015, this trend is more than likely to hold.

The deals commemorated below—with mugs, taps, glasses, kegs, bottle caps, and openers—reflect a range of countries, brewers, and brands.[Please note that all images below are clickable].

  • The beer-sharing and rating app Untappd now has over 3 million users.

  • Admiral Taverns owns 1,200 pubs in the U.K.

  • Bronx Brewery co-founder Damian Brown has a political science degree from Yale, and another from the brewing science program at the University of California, Davis.

  • In addition to Stella, AB InBev’s brands include Budweiser and Corona.

  • Asahi just agreed to buy Peroni and Grolsch—this to satisfy regulatory concerns over SABMiller’s takeover by AB InBev.

  • This was actually a sale-leaseback deal—but one involving a portfolio of Australian hotels and retail liquor outlets.


    Meantime is also part of the Peroni-Grolsch sale to Asahi.


    Meantime was started in an apartment in Greenwich (U.K.) in 1999.


    Heineken currently accounts for approximately 9.1% of global beer sales.


    Atlanta-based PE firm Roark Capital also has in its portfolio Arby’s and Seattle’s Best.




    North American Breweries’s brands include Magic Hat and Pyramid.




    BAWAG and Ares aren’t brewers—they provided a debt facility after the acquisition by Cerberus of Admiral Taverns.

  • TGI Fridays has 490 restaurants in the U.S. and another 416 internationally.

  • AB InBev currently has the largest share of the global beer market–about 20.8%.






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