The ownership of Dangerous Man Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis confirmed they have sold a controlling stake in the brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev. The move comes just three years into the popular brewery’s existence. Details of the sale were not yet disclosed.
“We were hesitant at first,” admits Rob Miller, head brewer and co-founder of Dangerous Man. “But over the last few years, we’ve seen [AB InBev] make a serious commitment to supporting craft beer all over the country. Breckenridge, Four Peaks, and Elysian are all world-class brewers, and we’re excited to join them.”
Miller added that even though his original business plan had been working as he hoped, priorities can change. “At first, I thought it was awesome that the only place to get our beer was in our taproom,” he reflects. “But based on the response we’ve received, I realize now that these limits are selfish. Now, we’re dreaming of a day when our Peanut Butter Porter can be found on shelves and tap lines across the country.”
AB InBev announced that Dangerous Man would be included in its “The High End” division, which is tasked with seeking out growth opportunities with innovative brewers around the country. The High End first noticed Dangerous Man after the long lines for the brewery’s beer at The Summer Beer Dabbler at CHS Field last August.
“We knew they had tapped into something special,” said Anthony Ogden, director of acquisitions for The High End, “We can’t wait to infuse AB InBev’s celebrated commitment to quality beer into Rob’s lineup.”
The brewery’s future operations are currently being negotiated. However, AB InBev has announced that they expect to build a second, much larger Dangerous Man brewery and taproom in the near future. “The brewery in Minneapolis is a nice incubator, but it’s not set up to maximize Dangerous Man’s future potential,” said Ogden. “We’ll be looking at new potential brewery sites in the Twin Cities Metro, including the Shops at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, Mayo Clinic Square, and the 4th floor of Mall of America.”
Not only will AB InBev be looking to distribute Dangerous Man nationwide, but also integrate their expertise into other product lines. “Their current offerings fit very well within our current brand portfolio,” said Ogden. “In fact, we’ve approached [Rob] about contract brewing some new additions to our BEST DAMN line. I think his Chocolate Milk Stout could easily be re-branded as BEST DAMN MILKSHAKE. That could be a game-changer on the national market.”
UPDATE [12:00pm, 4/1/2016]: Editor’s Note: Clearly this post was bullshit. Happy April Fools’ Day from The Growler and Dangerous Man Brewing.