Best Say It Ain't So

10 Barrel bought by Anheuser-Busch

Staff Pick

Strictly speaking, 10 Barrel Brewing Company was never technically "local" but when the Bend, Ore.-based brewing company opened its gastropub at the corner of Ninth and Bannock streets in April 2013, Boiseans warmed quickly to its suds and grub. The love affair was short lived because in November, 10 Barrel's owners released a video on the company's Facebook page announcing they had sold the company to beer titan Anheuser-Busch for an undisclosed sum. Boise beer lovers took to social media and boiseweekly.com to denounce the move and swear they'd never let another drop of Boise Pale Ale wet their lips again. While cooler heads observed this wasn't the first (or last) time A-B would buy a popular, local-ish brewery—and large companies buying up smaller ones is part of how markets work—Seattle's Elysian Brewing Company announced its purchase by A-B, and a controversial Superbowl ad stoked localists' worst fears about a big-business takeover of microbreweries.

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