In 2001 Anheuser-Busch began an expansion to boost capacity at its Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery 28% increase to 8.2 million barrels annually. A few years ago I toured the brewery and I’m pretty sure I heard production had reached 15 million barrels.
Monday, the news that Anheuser-Busch (InbBev) bought Goose Island, which produced 127,000 barrels in 2010, probably chewed up more bandwidth than the Fort Collins brewery has in its history.
Since everybody else has an opinion about what the Goose Island sale means I’ll be honest and type, I don’t know. And unless you’re drinking beer with Dave Peacock and Carlos Brito right now there’s every chance you don’t know either.
Instead, meet me for the Goose Island tour in 2014. We’ll see what’s available in the tasting room after the tour ends.