Beer Giant Snatches Up Houston Brewery
If you’re a beer drinker in Houston, then you know about Karbach Brewing Company on Karbach Street. In the last five years, the brewery has risen to fame in not only Houston, but all of Texas as well. Their German style beers pay tribute to the huge German popular of Texas, while still retaining that pure hint of what Texas beer should be. Their IPAs have just the right amount of hops, and any IPA fan in Houston can enjoy them. All in all, it’s no surprise that Anheuser-Busch bought Karbach Brewing Company.
Karbach has recently exploded on the Houston craft beer scene. The young brewery quickly rose in popularity since their 2011 opening. Despite only being five years old, Karbach has managed to compete with the more established St Arnold Brewery. It was the brewery’s growth into Austin and Dallas that caught Anheuser-Busch’s attention.
The massive beer company, Anheuser-Busch, acquired Karbach Brewing Company on November 3rd, 2016. No one is currently forth coming about the amount of the sale, unfortunately. It has been admitted, though, that the deal had been in the works for nearly a year.
Anheuser-Busch bought Karbach with the intent to fold it into their craft beer division called The High End. Karbach marks the 9th craft brewery that has been brought into the fold. Other craft breweries include Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Four Peaks, Breckenridge Brewery, SpikedSeltzer, and Devils Backbone.
In 2013, the brewery was able to produce nearly 19,000 barrels of beer. That number rose to 55,000 barrels in 2015, more than doubling in two short years. Now that Anheuser-Busch bought Karbach, they plan to be able to produce 150,000 barrels of beer by 2019.
Mixed Reactions from Karbach Fans
Fans of the Houston brewery don’t all seem to be happy about the purchase of their home town brewery. Karbach, however, was quick to reassure their customers.
“We’re excited to announce that we’ve entered into a partnership with Anheuser-Busch to join their High End division. In the 5 years we’ve been in business, we’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support for our beers and culture.
In fact, we’ve been overwhelmed with brewing and selling quality beer to drinkers across Texas. This partnership will allow us to continue to grow and focus more on brewing new and exciting beers for you to enjoy.
We’re still a Texas brewery, with Texas employees, making great Texas beer on Karbach Street.” -Karbach’s Offical Facebook Page
Despite Karbach’s reassurance, fans are uneasy about their new ‘partner’.
“I understand why they did it,” one slightly disgruntled fan admitted, “but I don’t agree with them.”
Other fans, though, are much more angry about the sale. Karbach’s Facebook page has been blowing up under all of the abuse. ‘Sell out’ seems to be the most common insult thrown around, though there are far more strongly worded insults to be found.
Whatever the case may be, Karbach Brewing Co is set to expand exponentially over the next few years. Here’s hoping they can hold onto the wonderful flavors and practices that made Karbach so special in the first place.