Unbelievable news came today, as it was reported that Anheuser-Busch is purchasing Goose Island. Current brewmaster Greg Hall will be stepping down. The special announcement letter from Goose Island's founder John Hall is available here. Further information is available in the press release, which indicates that the two Goose Island brewpubs are not part of the deal. It also indicates that John Hall will remain in his current role. It will be interesting to see how all of this shakes out, though it's possible that things could remain relatively the same for GI.
An interview with Greg Hall is available here. In it, he indicates that he plans to leave the beer industry, and that this was the perfect time to do it. Given his connection to the food community, I wonder whether he involves himself more on the food side, still interacting quite a bit with the brewing community?
Flying Dog has sued the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, alleging violating of its freedom of speech for Michigan's rejection of its "Raging Bitch" label.
The Bruery posted a photo of Sean Lawson of Lawson's Finest helping out at the brewery, saying that they're working on a collaboration that will, of course, involve maple syrup.