The Cut Off — List Of Impostor Craft Beer Brands

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A reference page for members of the Anti-Beerstablishment.

Welcome to the page that keeps you informed about impostor craft beer brands, those who try to benefit from the power of craft beer, even though they are aligned with forces who are trying to tear it down.

You will find listed here purveyors of products or content found on shelves, on tap or on the Internet who have been purchased or funded by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), craft beer’s number one enemy.



Ex-Craft Breweries Who Are CUT OFF

Many are speculating about why AB InBev is buying up American craft breweries in large numbers, all over the country: it is to gain back market share, it is to change the perception of what a premium beverage is, it is to put a throttle on the beer industry’s supply chain. Whatever the reason or reasons may be, one thing is for sure: InBev’s buying spree is going virtually unrestricted.

The Brewers Association defines American craft brewers as “small, independent and traditional.” None of the breweries or brands on our list have that trio of qualifications, as they are each either fully owned by AB InBev or have sold off a significant portion of the company to AB InBev.

Although each of these breweries (now under AB InBev’s The High End division) saw a significant payday for cashing in with the beer giant, not one of them wants you to think that it has even minimal operating ties to InBev going forward. These subsidiaries would much rather the American public think that they are doing business as usual, as craft beer brands. And for that reason they have been CUT OFF.

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Brewery Name
Year Acquired
Goose Island2011Honkers Ale, Goose IPA, 312, Sofie, Matilda, Bourbon County Series
Kona2013 (32.2% stake in CBA)Big Wave Ale, Castaway IPA, Longboard Lager
Omission2013 (32.2% stake in CBA)Omission Gluten Free Lager
Redhook2013 (32.2% stake in CBA)Redhook ESB, Long Hammer IPA
Widmer Brothers2013 (32.2% stake in CBA)Alchemy Pale Ale, Drop Top Amber, Hefeweizen, Upheaval IPA
Blue Point2014Toasted Lager. Blueberry Ale, Hoptical Illusion IPA, Mosaic Session IPA
10 Barrel2014Apocalypse IPA, Joe IPA, Cucumber Crush, Raspberry Crush, Pub Beer
Elysian2015Space Dust IPA, Wise ESB, The Immortal IPA, Loser Pale Ale, Men's Room
Golden Road2015Point the Way IPA, Wolf Pup Session IPA, 329 Lager
Four Peaks2015Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale, Hop Knot IPA, Pitchfork Pale Ale
Breckenridge2016Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Ale, Breck IPA, Agave Wheat
Karbach2016Hopadillo IPA, Love Street, Weekend Warrior, Lemon and Ginger Radler, Rodeo Clown Double IPA
Devil's Backbone2016Vienna Lager, Eight Point IPA, Gold Leaf Lager, Kilt Flasher
Wicked Weed2017Pernicious IPA, Freak of Nature DIPA, Napoleon Complex Pale Ale, Angel of Darkness, Oblivion, Genisis

Canadian Brands Who Are CUT OFF

InBev’s aggression isn’t unique to the U.S., and after first publishing The Cut Off, we received many requests to have the breweries and brands in Canada who are owned by InBev added to our list. As is quite apparent, independence is a value that American beer lovers share with their Canuck counterparts.

In 1995, Labatt Brewing Company was purchase by Belgian brewer Interbrew, which later became AB InBev. Aside from owning the popular light lager Labatt Blue, Labatt has in recent years purchased several once-independent Canadian breweries. Similar to the activities which have been demonstrated in American markets, those brands have attempted to capitalize on an ability to sneak around in LCBO permitted retailers and The Beer Store (partly owned by Labatt) as craft beer, and for that reason they have also been CUT OFF.

Brewery Name
Year Acquired
Turning Point Brewery2015Hells Gate Pale Ale, Hells Gate Lager, Rockstar Lager, Stanley Park BrandsB.C.
Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point)2015Day Trip, Noble Pilsner, Windstorm, 1897 Amber, SunSetterB.C.
Mill Street Brewery2015Original Organic Lager, 100th Meridian Lager, Tankhouse Ale, Welter Weight Session IPAOntario (Toronto)
Microbrasserie Archibald2016Chipie Pale Ale, Matante Blonde Ale, Joufflue Wit, Coquine Lager, Valkyrie BockQuébec

Websites Who Are CUT OFF — Breweries Beware

AB InBev’s newest set of tools is a series of propaganda websites masquerading as craft beer blogs. Their pages don critical indictments of craft breweries branding authenticity and of drinkers showing strict loyalty to craft brewing. They also publish excuses for InBev’s aggressive, monopolistic and sometimes illegal actions against small and independent breweries.

It is clear with this recent initiative that InBev’s intent is to direct the conversations being had about beer on the Internet, and its newfound digital network could put it in a position to drown out voices of dissent if it goes unchecked.

Two of the websites listed here are funded by AB InBev, and the other two are connected through their leadership. And for that reason they have been CUT OFF.

Website Name
Connection to AB InBev
The Beer NecessitiesAs a collaboration with Wasted Talent, TBN is entirely underwritten by AB InBev’s division, The High End.Founder: Jonathan Hack; Editor-in-Chief: Ethan Fixell
OctoberThe website is a venture funded by Condé Nast & Ab-InBev's VC arm, ZX Ventures.Founder & President: Mike Raspatello; Executive Producer: Good Beer Hunting; Executive Editor: Michael Kiser; Pitchfork Mag; Managing Editor: Eno Sarris
Good Beer HuntingGood Beer Hunting is listed as Executive Producer for October and Michael Kiser (founder) is Executive Editor for October.Founder: Michael Kiser; Editorial Director: Austin Louis Ray
BeerGraphsEno Sarris (founder) is Editor for October, where his BeerGraphs ratings system is a review staple.Founder: Eno Sarris
RateBeerSold minority stake to ZX VenturesOwner: Joe Tucker

Others Who Are CUT OFF

Since publishing this list, we’ve been listening to you. Unfortunately, established and trusted brands within the craft beer and homebrewing communities continue to be acquired by Globo Beer. They don’t always fit the traditional mold, however. This list consists of companies who have sold significant shares to AB InBev but who do not qualify for other categories on The Cut Off.

Brand Name
Business Description
Northern BrewerHomebrew, winemaking and brewing equipment supplier — acquired by AB InBev's ZX Ventures in 2016. Also doing business as Midwest Supplies.
PicoBrewMaker of counter-top homebrewing machines made possible by investments from ZX Ventures.
The Atom GroupPurchased by ZX Ventures in 2018, this UK-based whiskey retail company is parent to Boutique-y Whisky, Maverick Drinks and Master of Malt.


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