Shortly after Wicked Weed Brewing’s sellout to Anheuser-Busch, a number of breweries immediately backed out of their Funkatorium Invitational.
Not long after, Beer Street Journal got wind of a “counter festival” with the ex-pats from the Invitational to rise in place. Ultimately- the brewers that were previously involved in the festival still wanted to have a funk-ing good wild and sour ale party this summer. Just not with Wicked Weed and and their new ABI friends.
Here are the details we’ve been sitting on. The new festival is called “The Funk Collective” and will take place at Birds Fly South in Greenville, South Carolina with Revelry Brewing and city based badasses, Community Tap. Full details are found below.
All profits will still benefit the Eblen-Kimmel Charity of Asheville.
See you there.
The Funk Collective: A Gathering of Independent Breweries
July 8, 2017
Hosted by Birds Fly South Ale Project, Greenville, SC.
Sponsored by Revelry Brewing Co., The Community Tap, and Birds Fly South Ale Project
25+ Breweries from around the country (list will be released on Thursday, 5/25)
All breweries invited have a dedication to the art of making funky & sour beer
Tickets on sale Friday, 5/26
Special VIP experience will be available for limited ticket holders, more info TBD
This Wicked Weed/Anheuser Busch acquisition has a lot of beer fans across the U.S. feeling pretty hurt. The social media comments have been pretty brutal. Responses from breweries that have collaborated with Wicked Weed in the past, just as harsh.
Today, previous employee and Asheville resident that goes by the name Jed S. Holmes, published an open letter to the brewery on the domain WickedWeedSoldOut.com.
In the letter, he recalls the four solid years he put in at the Asheville brewery, the increasing corporate feel of the brewery, and a bit of the hypocrisy he sees in the sale.
In 2013 I sat in beer class put on by Wicked Weed that taught me about the inevitable decline of microbreweries purchased by macro-beer. YOU taught me this lesson and you know exactly where your brand is headed.
It is very interesting how many people have to “go on record” that they aren’t happy with the acquisition. Perhaps this is just another step to healing.
Bear Republic Brewing, based in Cloverdale, California, has announced added distribution to Indiana through Craftroads Beverage. On top of international distribution, Indiana will be the 21st state to find your favorite brews from Bear Republic.
Bear Republic Brewing doesn’t come up short on quality offerings, some year rounders include Racer 5 IPA, Hop Shovel, Pace Car Racer, and Grand-Am. Throughout the years, Bear Republic offerings have won 23 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) with the top winner being Racer 5 IPA, as well as Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year in 2006.
Jonathan Williman of Bear Republic states:
“We are excited to work with Craftroads Beverage to bring Bear Republic brews to the great state of Indiana, just in time for the Indy 500.”
Wicked Weed sells to Anheuser this week and the reactions have been pretty brutal.
Jester King, who were/are friends and past collaborators, basically said “we’re cool” but aren’t working together anymore.
The Rare Barrel, California’s highly desired wild & sour brewery and past collaborator, hasn’t taken the news well either. Today they posted a picture of themselves pouring out their recent collaboration with Wicked Weed, that some weeks ago would have sent beer fans into a self induced tizzy.
Citing core values, The Rare Barrel is pulling out of the second half of their collaboration with Wicked Weed, refusing to serve their beer, and will no longer attend their festivals.
Another big ouch for the newest millionaires on the brewing block.
Full statement from The Rare Barrel below. PIC via The Rare Barrel/Facebook.
This has been an awkward and emotional last 24 hours for us.
Over the years, we’ve become good friends with the Wicked Weed crew. We’ve grown to really respect the people and their beers. We’ve shared many beers together, made a beer together, are in the process of making another beer together, enjoyed events around the country, and hosted Wicked Weed events at our barrel house. We’ve shared some really good times together over the last couple of years.
It’s about values.
Yesterday, Wicked Weed announced that they are selling their brewery to the megabrewery AB InBev (Budweiser, Shock Top). Here at The Rare Barrel, we’ve made a decision not to serve, collaborate with, or affiliate with AB InBev because our values do not align with theirs.
In order to stay true to our values, we’re pulling out of the second part of our collaboration, will not be attending their festivals, and will not be able to serve their beer in our Tasting Room anymore.
While our values diverge and we part ways, we wish the people at Wicked Weed all the best.
Kansas City, Missouri based Boulevard Brewing Co. is adding Tennessee distribution this month.
The brewery has signed distribution contracts with four wholesalers – Bounty Bev, Budweiser of Clarksville, Budweiser of Chattanooga, and Cherokee Distributing Company.
Drinkers in The Volunteer State can expect Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Ginger Lemon Radler, Bourbon Barrel Quad and Unfiltered Wheat Beer to hit the state first, followed by seasonal and limited releases.
With the addition of Tennessee, Boulevard beers are available in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
This is pretty much standard operating procedure, but it gives you a little more understand of what happens when a brewery gets acquired.
Today Asheville, North Carolina based Wicked Weed Brewing announced they have been acquired by Anheuser-Busch. The reactions have been widespread and mostly negative.
Not long after, Jeffery Stuffings, founder of Austin, Texas based Jester King and previous collaborator with Wicked Weed, denounced the sale and will remove Wicked Weed’s bottles from their taproom
Now, the NC Brewer’s Guild has stripped the voting rights from Wicked Weed. Again, this is standard procedure as the NC Brewer’s Guild 501(c) tax-exempt trade group promotes the state’s craft beer.
Today is a rough day for the some 190 plus employees of Wicked Weed Brewing.
While we are disheartened to hear of the sale of Wicked Weed Brewing Co. to Anheuser Busch, we wish our friends at Wicked Weed all the best. They have certainly made a profound impact on the Asheville beer scene and they’ve helped raise the profile of North Carolina as a craft beer state.
Since our primary mission is to represent our state’s independent craft brewers, Wicked Weed can no longer be a voting member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild. However we sincerely hope they will continue to work alongside us as an affiliate member of our guild as we strive to make North Carolina a nationwide leader in craft brewing. -NC Brewer’s Guild
Marietta, Georgia based Red Hare Brewing is building a second facility, two states away in North Carolina.
The idea to build a second facility occurred with Red Hare founder Roger Davis, and co-founder and head brewer Bobby Thomas took a trip to Oregon. Open air fermentation paired with the coastal climate inspired the duo to build something similar on the east coast.
Red Hare Brewing has selected the 111 year old former Coastal Drug Company building in Shallotte, North Carolina. American wild and sour ales will be the focus of the new facility.Expect the new space to house a coolship, and plenty of oak for fermentation and aging. Red Hare plans on capturing native yeast and bacteria for use their the wild ale lineup.
The Shallotte, North Carolina location should be open sometime in the second half of 2017. Red Hare has already named R.A.Jeffrey’s and Healy Wholesale as their local distributor.