What could be better than a collaboration between two regionally beloved breweries, right? Jester King Brewery was looking forward to creating something new and exciting with the East Coast-based Wicked Weed Brewing. Their plan for their joint effort was to blend unfruited, barrel-aged beers made by both breweries–which likely would have been a real treat for their fans. But unfortuantely for beer aficianados, the plans have gone awry.
Jester King Brewers hail from the Texas Hill Country, where freedom reigns and small businesses are truly in a league of their own.
Their would-be partners from North Carolina were recently acquired by AB InBev, the corporate behemoth that owns and operates Anheuser-Busch. AB InBev has reportedly been a shopping spree when it comes to acquiring new businesses–particularly pertaining to craft breweries. Apparently, they’re trying to keep up with the times: Craft beer is a trend that is’nt going away any time soon. But is is it really craft beer if it’s own by a massive company like Anheuser-Busch?
In light of the news, Jester King’s founder Jeffrey Stuffings decided to put the kabosh on any and all projects with Wicked Weed, present or future. “We’d never do a collaboration with Anheuser-Busch or any company they own, which unfortunately now includes Wicked Weeds. The news this morning came as quite a surprise to us. We will no longer be part of the collaboration we had in the works with Wicked Weed,” Stuffings commented.
It’s a sad day in the world of beer, for sure. But, Stuffings says that they still view the team at Wicked Weed Brewing as good friends, and explains that as a company, they simply do not wish to compromise their “principles.”