MillerCoors buys Crispin, Mpls. maker of hard cider

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2012 - 9:16 PM

The Minneapolis company, launched in 2008, is the country's third-largest hard cider producer.

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riely111Feb. 6, 1210:12 PM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

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liberaleliteFeb. 6, 1210:18 PM

So now in addition to Leinie's, Rolling Rock, and Blue Moon, I cannot have a Crispin without supporting multinationals. I'm not saying multinationals are necessarily bad, but many of us vote with our dollars in the marketplace when we buy from our local brewing brethren out of preference. At least we have a lot of great local breweries that fill the void even as SAB Miller, A-B InBev etc keep buying up more regionals.

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liberaleliteFeb. 6, 1210:20 PM

Oh, and I forgot-- add Goose Island to that list-- they were bought by A-B Inbev in 2011.

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partsunknownFeb. 6, 1211:29 PM

I had been getting into Crispin lately. At least it seems they will keep the jobs and production relatively local. It is really an excellent tasting drink, very refreshing. That said, support the beers that stay local!

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sirboomFeb. 7, 12 1:02 AM

Great. Part of the pleasure of drinking the stuff was knowing it wasn't owned by a monster company. Now... not worth it. Of course, I'll still end up buying it once I forget. Figures.

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horacedjonesFeb. 7, 12 5:34 AM

At least Miller Coors is still a Us company. Miller & Coors both run their companies independent of the other. Combining in a joint venture could have been survival from the Belgium conglomerate.

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ecknbeckFeb. 7, 12 6:20 AM

Sad news. I understand the appeal of more money backing for marketing etc, but is there ever going to be a point where we aren't supporting a Milkaweiser product offered out there??

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vikesgr8fanFeb. 7, 12 6:36 AM

So that's what that corner building is two blocks from my northeast condo. I'd always wondered. Can you guess I don't drink hard cider? :)

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viktorvaughnFeb. 7, 1212:13 PM

"At least Miller Coors is still a US company." ------------ Well sort of. MillerCoors is a joint venture between SAB Miller (headquartered in London) and Molson Coors (headquartered in Montreal and Denver). It may be more accurate to say MillerCoors is an international company that operates on a global scale. Like any multinational, they source their materials, capital, and labor from whatever country is advantageous to them.

Crispin has a good product, but the price was only justifiable to support a local business. Now it's time to move on to new craft brewers that haven't been sold to the Big Two. After all, if it weren't for innovative start-ups, we'd all still be stuck drinking bland factory lager. The mulitnationals only offered their mass-produced "microbrews" to stop losing market share to craft brewers.

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