Asheville’s highly regarded Wicked Weed Brewing is being purchased by Anheuser-Busch, the global brewer that makes such products as Budweiser and Bud Light. It’s the first Asheville brewer to sell to a major international company and the latest craft brand purchased by A-B.
The news was announced Wednesday morning via a press release from Wicked Weed and Anheuser-Busch. The deal is “subject to regulatory approval,” according to the statement. No financial or operational details were released, including purchase price.
Wicked Weed will join The High End, Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer and import division, the release said. In a statement, Wicked Weed brewer Walt Dickinson said the deal will give “our team more resources to continue innovating our portfolio and the ability to reach more craft drinkers, allowing us to keep putting the beer and the people first.”
Since opening in 2012, Wicked Weed has become one of Asheville’s fastest-growing, high-profile brewers, turning out hops-forward ales, open-fermented, Belgian-inspired brews and barrel-aged beers. The brews have won many prizes, including gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
In Asheville, Wicked Weed operates from its original Biltmore Avenue restaurant and brewery as well as from its Funkatorium barrel house on Coxe Avenue in the South Slope brewing district. The brewery also added a 50-barrel production brewery off Sand Hill Road and a facility in Arden dedicated to making sour and wild beers. Wicked Weed is owned by the brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and Rick, Denise and Ryan Guthy.
Anheuser-Busch is a subsidiary of the Belgian-based A-B InBev. The global brewer’s High End unit controls such craft and import brands as Stella Artois and Shock Top, Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Breckenridge Brewery, Devils Backbone and more.