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Wicked Weed Brewing is moving the date of their Funkatorium Invitational from July to August 26th. The charitable festival will not go on as planned.
Following the announcement of the brewery’s sale to Anheuser-Busch, dozens of sour and wild brewing invitees rescinded their participation. So many jumped out in fact, that the Invitational cannot proceed as planned. Refunds for those that have already purchased tickets are being offered.
There is a “Counter” festival in the works, benefitting the same charity. Some ex-pats of the Funkatorium Invitational will be in attendance.
In the meantime, the Invitational will be “re-imagined” between now and the new August date.
Questions to the Wicked Weed on what the new direction will be have gone unanswered by the brewery. Their full statement is found below.
The Funkatorium Invitational is an important event for us. The mission of this festival has always been centered around the sour beer community and giving back. Over the course of a weekend, breweries from around the country come together through numerous events to celebrate where this amazing community is and where it can go, all while benefitting the city of Asheville.
This year, it has become clear that we can no longer host the festival with the original vision in mind. We respect the decisions of those who have decided to no longer attend, and we understand that the impact of bringing this community together is more important than Wicked Weed.
Just like the sour beer community, Eblen Charities is still of paramount importance to us. With that in mind, we will evolve the Funkatorium Invitational and host a reimagined festival to raise money for Eblen’s cause on August 26, 2017.
Just as a reminder, if you purchased local tickets you can still get a full refund at our Funkatorium location. More details will be released as they become available.
Editor’s Note: Article has been updated with the date August 26th due to a change by Wicked Weed.
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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.
This might come as a shock for some. Asheville, North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing has been acquired by Anheuser-Busch.
Walt and Luke Dickinson, along with Ryan Guthy, started work on a plan that would eventually become nationally known Wicked Weed in 2009. The brewery started as small brewpub in downtown Asheville and eventually expanded into the all-oak wild and sour “Funkatorium.” Shortly after that build, the brewery added a full production facility just outside of Asheville. Then in 2016, Wicked Weed announced a second sour facility located near Asheville’s airport. That’s four facilities in nearly 4 years.
“This is an exciting time for the entire brewing team. Our ability to create a wide range of really well executed beers that are focused on creativity, quality and drinkability is what makes Wicked Weed great. We have chosen to partner with The High End to position ourselves to make Wicked Weed what we imagined it could be when we first sat at a craft beer bar and talked about opening a brewery. As a brewer, giving our team more resources to continue innovating our portfolio and the ability to reach more craft drinkers, allows us to keep putting the beer and the people first.” Co-founder Walt Dickinson
Today Wicked Weed Brewing becomes the next multi-million dollar acquisition by the world’s largest brewery Anheuser-Busch. Their purchase expands A-B’s “High End” division which includes Goose Island, Blue Point Brewing, Breckenridge Brewing, Golden Road, 10 Barrel Brewing, Elysian, and Four Peaks Brewing.
Plus… they just dropped over $104 billion on SABMiller.
Wicked Weed’s lineup will join the brewery’s ever expanding “High End” portfolio. Wicked Weed Brewing employs more than 200 people across their four facilities. According the brewery, the founding ownership will continue to lead the brewery.
Interestingly, the downtown brewpub is closed until 5pm today for “Staff Training”.
The sum of the deal was not disclosed.
Wicked Weed Devilwood debuts today at the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.
A Belgian-style strong ale and bourbon barrels play nice in Wicked Weed Devilwood. The time spent in the wood gives this beer a touch of coconut flavor.
The demons of Devilwood strike without warning. Many a traveler has been lost to the enticing beauty of the forest. Enveloping ferns, towering hardwoods, and enrapturing, climbing vines provide the perfect distraction for a foolhardy visitor. The demons see all from above, and harvest the pilgrims for their own devilry. Never lower your eyes in Devilwood…
Wicked Weed Devilwood is available in 12.7 ounce bottles. Limited distribution to follow by mid-April.
Wicked Weed Hop Burglar is back for a second year, proving the fruited IPA style is very much on fire across the industry.
This hop-forward release features blood orange, and grapefruit zest, creating a very bright, citrusy beer.
All brewers have begged, borrowed, and burgled in the name of their craft. It takes humility, stubbornness, and some sleight of hand to turn raw ingredients into liquid alchemy. Hop Burglar India Pale Ale, brewed with blood orange grapefruit zest, and liberally dry-hopped, is just such a beer, the kind of bright, citrus-forward IPA that we would do anything to keep brewing. So mind your pockets – and your hops.
Wicked Weed Hop Burglar is a 12 ounce bottle offering, and draft.
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Wicked Weed Tropicmost Passionfruit Gose debuted in the fall of 2015. It was the first gose the brewery had ever packaged. This week it is available in cans for the first time.
A tart, salty, and crushable beer is exactly what we need to help remind us of the summer as the cold and windy days start showing up here in Asheville.
Wicked Weed Tropicmost Passionfruit Gose is a draft and 12 ounce can offering.
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