Anheuser-Busch InBev has bought up another popular craft brewery.
The global drinks giant announced this week that is has agreed to acquire Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, North Carolina. The microbrewery will join The High End, Anheuser-Busch’s business unit focused on craft and import brands.
Wicked Weed was founded in 2012. It’s created over 500 different beers since it opened almost five years ago, the company says, including West Coast IPAs, authentic Belgian ales, and more recently, sours. Wicked Weed is perhaps best known for its Pernicious IPA and Lunatic Belgian Blonde, as well as a wide range of barrel-aged sour and farmhouse ales.
Wicked Weed Brewing owns and operates four facilities in Asheville: their original downtown brewpub, the “Funkatorium,” a dedicated sour beer taproom and barrel house, a 50-barrel production brewery in West Asheville, and the company headquarters, a custom-designed brewhouse and training facility.
“This is an exciting time for the entire brewing team,” says co-founder Walt Dickinson, in a press release. “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.”
Anheuser-Busch’s partnership with Wicked Weed is subject to regulatory approval. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Established in 2015, AB InBev’s The High End includes brands such as Stella Artois and Shock Top, along with craft partners Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Four Peaks, Breckenridge Brewery, Devils Backbone, SpikedSeltzer and Karbach Brewing Co.