Yes, there have been some fears expressed over the prospect of big breweries buying little ones, especially in the wake of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of Chicago’s Goose Island and Molson Coors’ buy-out of Sharp’s in the U.K. But really, such worries are overblown.
How do I know? Because after over a year of trying, Japan’s Sapporo still hasn’t been able to find a brewery in the U.S. to buy! Their search has been so frustrating, in fact, that the company has expanded their interest to include wineries and makers of alcopops, as reported here.
Note this line in particular:
“They are either too big or too small and often when something is suitable it can’t be bought, for example if the founding stakeholders don’t want to sell,” Mr. Mochida said.