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Big and Small Brewer News

Jim Dorsch | Jun 29, 2012 08:24 AM

Lots going on in recent days.

Surely you've seen that ABI has bought the remainder of Modelo, pending Justice Dept approval. They will sell their interest in Corona's importer, Crown, to the owner of the other half, avoiding antitrust issues there.

The AB irony continues. First, AB declined to buy the brewery that, years later, had grown into a giant that swallowed AB. Then AB tried to buy the remainder of Modelo that it didn't already own, to keep themselves out of Inbev's hands. Now AB Inbev has bought the rest of Modelo.

I read that MillerCoors' Tenth and Blake subsidiary is buying the equipment and brands (except Celis, apparently) from the defunct Michigan Brewing Co, intending to do some smaller-scale brewing. T&B oversees brands including Pilsner Urquell, Leinenkugel's and Blue Moon.

Christine Celis, daughter of Pierre, who passed away not too long ago, has acquired the Celis brand name from Michigan Brewing Co, and intends to revive the Celis brand.

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