In the news portion of the show we discussed the recent acquisition of Blue Point by AB InBev. I think it signals a kind of property grab for exportable craft brews more aimed at Europe than here in the U.S. I also present my pet conspiracy theory about the last several mergers and purchases of and by major beer brands.
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