HOUSTON, TX - Anheuser-Busch clinched a deal to acquire Karbach Brewing Co., a leading Texas craft brewer and one of the country’s fastest -growing craft brands. Karbach will now join other craft breweries within the The High End, the business unit within Anheuser-Busch. This unit focuses on its craft and import brands. The co-owner of Karbach, Chuck Robertson released this statement about the deal:
“Chuck and I started the brewery five years ago on Karbach Street in Houston, where the warehouse was located for the beer distribution company we started decades before. After watching so much great beer move through our warehouse over the years we decided it was time to add our own to that list,” said co-founder Ken Goodman. “Karbach is the heart and soul of our beer industry careers, and we are thrilled about this new partnership with The High End and what it will mean for our dream to give more Texans the most unique, unexpected, and exciting beers they’ll have fun drinking.”
“We are so grateful for the growth we’ve experienced in this first phase of Karbach, but we have maxed out our growth potential on our own, and a partnership with The High End will open doors to keep innovating and experimenting with our unique styles and continue to expand,” said co-founder Chuck Robertson. “While we are joining a talented and innovative group of craft breweries in The High End, Karbach will retain a high level of independence, and the existing management and brewing teams will continue to drive culture and strategy, all while having fun building our brands.”
In 2013, just two years after Karbach launched, the brewery made 17,000 barrels of beer, reaching 40,000 barrels just over a year later. The brewery then extended its capacity by building a new brewhouse at the end of 2014, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology and innovative equipment. Karbach opened an on-site restaurant, tap room, and biergarten last May. The company grew from Houston to the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex region in June of 2015. Anheuser-Busch plans to invest in Karbach to realize a brewing capacity of 150,000 barrels per year by 2019.