FORT COLLINS — New Belgium Brewing Co. and a group of partners have purchased San Francisco-based Magnolia Brewing Co.
The purchasing group features New Belgium as the majority partner, with Dick Cantwell, founder of Elysian Brewing Co., and the brewery Oud Beersel as minority partners.
The Magnolia Brewing assets were purchased as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, according to a news release.
The deal cost New Belgium $2.7 million.
The partnership will operate both Magnolia locations with its existing staff, with Cantwell at the helm of brewing operations. Magnolia founder Dave McLean will be an employee of the partnership.
This is Cantwell’s first time back in brewing since he left Elysian in 2015 when it was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
New Belgium’s plan, according to the release, is to build an alliance of varied talent between it and Magnolia, and to not turn its Haight Street and Dogpatch locations into New Belgium brewpubs. The company said it does not plan to change much in Magnolia’s tap lineup.
“We’ve been looking for ways to diversify our assets and expand our community,” said New Belgium co-founder and executive chair, Kim Jordan, in a prepared statement. “These two tap rooms are right in the heart of historic San Francisco neighborhoods, a place Dick [Cantwell] and I call home. Magnolia makes excellent beer and plays an important role in the community. We’re excited about the possibilities and look forward to continuing our journey while honoring Magnolia’s history and presence.”
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