Ask Bacchus: Powerhouses

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A customer recently asked:

How can one company own all the beer in the world?

Well, it's true that in October 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) purchased SABMiller. The result was AB/InBev now produces one third of the world’s beer. It's not all, but it's alot! (more below...)

But to receive regulatory approval in the U.S., SABMiller gave up ownership of the Miller brands by selling its 58 percent stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors for $12 billion. Previously, MillerCoors was owned by SABMiller and Denver-based Molson Coors in a joint venture.

Confused? We are, too. In essence, the AB InBev purchase is more geared toward building up their presence in Latin America and Africa. So, here in Hawaii, it does not really have an impact.

Worldwide, there are other LARGE beer conglomerates including:

Boston Beer Company better known to consumers by its brand name Samuel Adams.

Yuengling: East coasters are all too familiar with Pennsylvania-based Yuengling – the family owned brewery is a staple of the region.

Asahi Breweries: Japan’s largest beverage company

Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd. China’s second largest brewery that continues to command the global landscape, both in China and abroad.

China Resource Enterprise Unlike Tsingtao, Chinese brewing company China Resource Enterprise is quiet and all but completely unknown to Western consumers.

Pabst Brewing Co.: Pabst Brewing Company may be a hipster staple, but it’s also a thriving brand that has grown substantially in recent years due to its pop culture status.

Carlsberg Group: Carlsberg’s reign as one of the top four leading macro brewing companies in the world is still going strong.

Heineken NV Between its flagship brand and supporting players like Tecate and Newcastle, Heineken reports constant growth.

Enjoy any and all of these? Or do you enjoy more local microbrews. Let us know what you like to drink. If we can get it from our vendors and sell it, we'll do our best to put it on tap or in our fridge. Try a $2 tap beer at Bacchus today. You'll be glad you did.