Duvel Moortgat strikes another deal in the US
BE Firestone Walker brewery

Duvel Moortgat continues working to expand its presence in the U.S. market. This week the Belgium company announced that it will combine its operations with California’s forth largest craft beer company, Firestone Walker Brewery.

“The Firestone Walker and Duvel Moortgat families have combined forces to broaden their capacity and scope as brewers. The partnership will allow Firestone Walker to develop our capacity across the US in a conservative and thoughtful way by consummating a life long tie with this family-owned international craft brewer, who continue their commitment to participating in the American Craft Revolution.” said David Walker and Adam Firestone in a press released with the details of this deal.

This isn’t the first move of the Moortgat family in the United States, the Belgium company purchased in 2013 Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing, a prominent top 50 U.S. craft brewery. Duvel also owns Ommegang. After this deals, Duvel’s production projection reaches 540.000 barrels in 2015, moving the company from the 12th place to the 7th position on the Brewers Association’s list.

Michel Moortgat, Duvel Moortgat’s CEO is very excited with the new partnership: “Bringing Firestone Walker together with Boulevard, Ommegang, Duvel and the other craft breweries in our family creates a stronger platform in the USA for us both and allows us to collaborate on brewing in different locations across the USA.”

The Belgium brewery guarantees that the deal won’t change Firestone Walker brewery: “The most important thing that we can do for Firestone Walker is to help David and Adam manage the exponential growth that their team and their brewery is experiencing right now by providing financial and production capacity to support them,” said Simon Thorpe, President of Duvel Moortgat USA.

And in a note in the brewery’s website, David Walker and Adam Firestone also explained how independent the company will continue: “We will continue to operate independently in Paso Robles as we have always done. Our people and partnerships will remain, and there will be no change discernible in and around the brewery.”

Since this is a deal between two private, family-owned companies, no financial details will be disclosed.

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