Anheuser-Busch Agrees to Purchase Blue Point Brewing Company

         Anheuser-Busch Agrees to Purchase Blue Point Brewing Company

Long Island-Based Brewer to Access Anheuser-Busch Resources, Bring Craft
Brands to More Consumers

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS and LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2014

ST. LOUIS and LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anheuser-Busch
today announced it has agreed to purchase Blue Point Brewing Co., one of the
nation's top craft brewers with more than 40 beers and sales concentrated
along the East Coast, in a move that will bring additional resources to Blue
Point's operations, allowing it to meet growing consumer demand for its
award‑winning brands. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Blue Point, known for its creativity, was founded by Mark Burford and Peter
Cotter 15 years ago in Patchogue, N.Y., where the brewery will continue to
operate. Anheuser-Busch also plans to invest in the brewery to grow its
operational capabilities and enhance the consumer experience over the next few
years.

"We are deeply grateful to our family of loyal employees and customers. Our
success was made possible by the hard work of good people and good beer in
Patchogue," said Peter Cotter, who will continue to be instrumental in the
success of the brands along with co-founder Mark Burford. "Together, our
talented brewing team and Anheuser-Busch will have the resources to create new
and exciting beers and share our portfolio with even more beer lovers," said
Mark Burford.

In 2013, Blue Point sold approximately 60,000 barrels, with 50 percent of the
volume from its flagship brand, Toasted Lager. It also sells Hoptical
Illusion, Blueberry Ale and seasonal brands among others.

"As we welcome Blue Point into the Anheuser-Busch family of brands, we look
forward to working with Mark and Peter to accelerate the growth of the Blue
Point portfolio and expand to new markets, while preserving the heritage and
innovation of the brands," said Luiz Edmond, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. "With
Anheuser-Busch's strong beer credentials, we share a commitment to offering
high-quality beers that excite consumers. Blue Point brands have a strong
following and even more potential."

Anheuser-Busch's purchase of Blue Point is expected to close in early second
quarter of 2014.

Ippolito Christon & Co. acted as financial advisers to Blue Point. Ettelman &
Hochheiser, P.C. acted as legal counsel to Blue Point.

About Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Brewing Company is Long Island's oldest and most award-winning
brewery. Founded in 1998 by Mark Burford and Pete Cotter, Blue Point Brewery
is headquartered in Patchogue, New York, and is currently the 34th largest
craft brewery in the U.S. Blue Point Brewing Company is independently owned
and operated and its beers are available in 15 states of distribution
including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North
Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Michigan. Blue Point's portfolio of more than
40 craft beers includes Hoptical Illusion, ESB, RastafaRye Ale, Sour Cherry
Imperial Stout, Toxic Sludge, White IPA, No Apologies Double IPA, and its
flagship Toasted Lager, which won the World Beer Cup in 2006.

About Anheuser-Busch

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have
carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the
finest, all-natural ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of
growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and
time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud
Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine
American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead
numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.6 percent share of the U.S. beer
market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 12
breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities
across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5
billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the
global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor
and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other
Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.





SOURCE Anheuser-Busch

Website: http://www.anheuser-busch.com
Contact: Adam Warrington, Anheuser-Busch, 314.765.3130,
adam.warrington@anheuser-busch.com
 
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