Just 10 days after announcing the purchase of Nelson County, Va.-based Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch InBev is at it again, but this time the brewery is not in the U.S.
According to a press release, Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to acquire Birra del Borgo, an Italian brewery founded in 2005 by Leonardo Di Vincenzo in Borgorose, Italy. The move is meant to give Birra del Borgo “a unique opportunity to make the necessary investments for expansion while continuing to independently manage its business and define how to grow.”
“Our voyage since we started in 2005 has been a great adventure” said Leonardo Di Vincenzo, ceo of Beirra del Borgo, in a press release. “Today the beer sector has become very competitive and it necessary for us to make a next step to ensure that we can continue to evolve in terms of brewing techniques and in terms of the complexity and taste variation we can offer to consumers. We believe partnering with AB InBev is a great opportunity to do exactly that: it will allow Birra del Borgo to grow in a sustainable way while staying true to our unique identity and the philosophy that we have followed since the very beginning.”
This is the second brewery acquired by AB InBev this year, and company acquired eight different craft breweries between 2011 and 2015:
- Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, Ill.) — 2011
- Blue Point Brewing and Bend (New York, N.Y.) — 2014
- 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, Ore.) — 2014
- Elysian Brewing Co. (Seattle, Wash.) — 2014
- Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, Calif.) — 2015
- Four Peaks Brewing (Tempe, Ariz.) — 2015
- Camden Town Brewery (London, U.K.) — 2015
- Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton, Colo.) — 2015
- Devils Backbone Brewing Co. (Nelson County, Va.) — 2016
- Birra del Borgo (Italy) — 2016
In October 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed in principle to purchase SABMiller for $104 billion, with the combined company reaching sales of approximately $55 billion.
While terms of the agreement were not released, Leonardo Di Vincenzo is remaining on as ceo of the Italian brewery, and the brewery will continue to operate as a separate entity.