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We Proudly Partnered With The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild To Enact SB 1030, The Arizona Beer Bill

Steve Barclay, BWDA Executive Director - - Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona

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In March of 2014, BWDA and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild reach an historic agreement to move forward together on Arizona legislation in 2015: the Arizona Beer Bill, which allows for continued growth and competition in the craft beer industry for the benefit of our entire state and region.

 Since then, we worked tirelessly to educate Arizona lawmakers... read more

Anheuser-Busch InBev Completes Agreement for SABMiller

Chad Bray - - The New York Times

LONDON — Anheuser-Busch InBev said on Wednesday that it had completed an agreement to acquire its closest rival, SABMiller, for nearly $106 billion, creating what it said would be the first "truly global brewer."

The deal, reached after months of negotiations, would create a beer industry giant with annual revenue of about $64 billion and would give Anheuser-Busch InBev, already the world's largest brewer, a substantial operation in Africa, where it has little presence, and greater dominance in Latin America.

The transaction is expected to receive regulatory scrutiny given the size of the new entity and its big presence in several markets, including the United States. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the maker of Budweiser, Corona Extra and Stella Artois, said it would seek to "promptly and proactively" address those concerns.

Molson Coors Nears Deal to Buy Out Remainder of MillerCoors Venture

Dana Mattioli - - Wall Street Journal

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is nearing a deal to buy the rest of the MillerCoors LLC U.S. joint venture for about $12 billion, paving the way for SABMiller PLC to cement its blockbuster sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

As part of the deal, the U.K.'s SABMiller would sell its 58% of the venture to Denver's Molson Coors, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which has been anticipated since SABMiller and AB InBev reached preliminary agreement on a $100 billion-plus merger in October, would include the Miller brand internationally, one of the people said. The agreement is expected to be announced Wednesday along with a formal pact between SABMiller and AB InBev.

Can Capitol Hill Crush a Beer Monopoly?

Matt Laslo - - The Daily Beast

A bipartisan group of lawmakers want to do keg stands on the grave of the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, but there's a problem: They're struggling to find a tap.

"We're going to stop it," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Daily Beast. But when pressed on the details of their strategy, the co-chair of the House Small Brewers Caucus was at a rare loss for words. "We haven't figured that out yet."


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