Five Years After Merger, Old A-B Employees Dot Craft Beer Landscape

The Anheuser-Busch factory in St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
The Anheuser-Busch factory in St. Louis | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

As the five-year anniversary of InBev’s agreement to purchase Anheuser-Busch approaches, one of the biggest changes caused by the Belgian beer giant’s acquisition of the St. Louis-based brewer is that thousands of people in the area who once worked for A-B no longer do.

The A-B diaspora has scattered in different directions, from mid-sized breweries to big craft operations. A few former A-B employees have hopped from the world’s biggest brewer to the ground floor of the craft world, buying a small brewery or launching their own.

Onetime A-B employees have helped drive the growth of St. Louis-area operations like O’Fallon Brewery, which over the last two-plus years has doubled its beer production; Brew Hub, which in March announced a $100 million plan to build five breweries; and Urban Chestnut, which earlier this year announced a $10 million expansion.

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