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Pabst Brewing Co. unveiled both the new identity of the taproom and Seabird IPA, the first beer its new Captain Pabst brand. Both names are an homage to the brewery’s beer baron namesake, Frederick Pabst. Before he married into the Best brewing family and eventually took over the brewery, Pabst was a young German immigrant making his way in Milwaukee in the 1850s. He latched onto the steamship trade and became a captain on Lake Michigan by his early 20s.
-- Chris Drosner, Milwaukee Magazine

Kings & Convicts Brewing Co., a tiny Illinois firm, on Tuesday announced an agreement to buy Ballast Point from New York-based Constellations Brands, Inc. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but includes Ballast Point’s four California brewpubs - at the main brewery in Miramar; Little Italy; Anaheim’s Downtown Disney; and Long Beach - plus one in Chicago.
-- Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune

After nearly 30 years as one of Fort Collins' locally owned, homegrown breweries, New Belgium Brewing Co. is being sold to a global craft beverage company with ties to Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
-- Erin Udell, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Congrats to the 300+ New Belgium employees who own the company! They still have to vote on the buyout, but I'm sure that Lion has taken that vote into consideration, and made them a sweet offer.

-- Scrib

The battlefield is Shiner, the home of Shiner Bock, where signs at a recent music festival blared, rather indiscreetly, "There’s a new Bock in town." Billboards around the tiny town (pop. 2,171) also showed up to promote Crawford Bock, a beer launched by Karbach Brewing, a once-independent Houston brewer now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, or ABInBev.
-- Erin Douglas, Houson Chronicle