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  1. Guy
    June 6, 2019 @ 3:06 pm

    I think the days of giant conglomerates paying top dollar for regional breweries is over. You might see some get snapped up for fire sale prices. Sam Adams might be the only brand with the market share, diversification (cider/seltzer) to still fetch a gigantic number.

    As a retailer, I can see the craft beer market eating itself right now. The consumer only wants what is new, hot and or ultra local.

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  2. Shankus
    June 5, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    I still have a 120 minute IPA in the big bottle…..The last one I had four years ago was delicious. I don’t normally comment on these things, but I just wanted to drop that here….

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  3. Tod Fyten
    May 28, 2019 @ 2:26 am

    Well written story on the merger. One also cannot discount Sam’s and Jim’s friendship over the years on the BA board and as industry leaders. Wall Street has asked who is going to fill Jim’s voice once he retires. Sam was a good fit for this as a board member and I believe 20 years Jim’s junior.

    Keep up the good work

    Tod Fyten
    Publisher
    Brewers Digest

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  4. Jeff
    May 15, 2019 @ 2:35 am

    Good way of explaining the sale

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  5. Steven Ewasko
    May 14, 2019 @ 5:43 pm

    Long story short!
    Thanks Sam for ruining the Love!

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  6. Travis
    May 14, 2019 @ 4:42 pm

    Dogfish Head being my favorite company merging with the first company I truly remember enjoying when I got into tasting the beer instead of getting drunk makes me happy. I only wish New Belgium would join them.

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  7. Darren Dougherty
    May 14, 2019 @ 4:13 pm

    Good job on the Dogfish side but you seem to avoid complementing Boston Beer. Many disguised swipes at the leader in the craft industry. Like them or not Jim has had the back of the entire industry and brews beers that are second to none. They might not be considered the cool kid on the block but have always had the guts to pave new paths.

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  8. Scott
    May 14, 2019 @ 4:07 pm

    406,000 shares for Sam and family at today’s close of 347.76. He’ll be OK.

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  9. scott bandoni
    May 13, 2019 @ 11:09 pm

    As a fellow Dogfish fanatic and one who loathes ‘selling out’, I don’t even consider Sam’s merger a sale. In fact, he probably could have sold his company for twice as much to one of the conglomerates. You nailed it. Best exit ever. And umm, did you really find a World Wide Stout for just $9 bucks ?!?

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    • Jeff
      May 14, 2019 @ 5:52 am

      The high octane yellow cap beers (which are phenomenal) can be bought for ~$8 each in Delaware. In my state it’s $12-14!

      If you’re ever in Delaware load up! 🍻

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  10. Shawn
    May 13, 2019 @ 4:08 pm

    Best summation I’ve read abut this yet. You hit the nail on the head.

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  11. Nick
    May 13, 2019 @ 3:55 pm

    Well said 🍻

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  12. Jim Ruda
    May 13, 2019 @ 2:01 pm

    Good for Dogfish Head! It’s just a shame they had to merge with Sam Adams, the low-blow, scumbags of craft beers.

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    • Davel
      May 14, 2019 @ 8:06 pm

      Why the anger towards Sam A

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    • Patrick O
      May 15, 2019 @ 4:21 pm

      Agreed. Sam Adams are not who they once were, and while they still like to refer to themselves as “the little guy”, they are anything but and make regular efforts to keep down the little guys.

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      • Allie
        May 23, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

        Have you ever sat down with Jim, listened to his story and watch him sample small local craft beers that he continues to support and enjoy? Jim does micro lending for small food and beverage people trying to get started in the industry…because he supports them. He started in his kitchen, much smaller than any of the new micro breweries. I would hardly call that trying to keep the “little guys down”. He never sold out and as long as hes a part of Boston Beer he never will.

  13. Danny C Booker
    May 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

    And it will also put Boston in a position to be bought out in the future by one of the BIG guys!!

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    • Al
      May 15, 2019 @ 4:51 am

      You are absolutely right on this one!! I see the Boston Beer Company selling out to a big conglomerate. Sad, but true. I give it 3-5 years. Hopefully, Dogfish will continue with their good beers and spirits and not allow Sam Adams to mess with what’s been working so well.

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      • Ron
        June 9, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

        So sad to see a good beer go downhill.Never thought i would see Dogfish sellout.Every time this happens they change the recipe.They cut corners to save money.The same with Ballast Point water it down does not taste the same.Might as well drink that corona crap.Goodbye Dogfish and Ballast point.Will not buy again.It’s not Craft Beer anymore.RIP Sam

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