Kona Brewing Company, best known nationally for their three craft brews, Longboard Island Lager, Fire Rock Pale Ale, and Wailua Wheat Ale (as well as lesser known Big Wave Golden Ale and Pipeline Porter), has taken their 9 year partnership with Craft Brewers Alliance to the next level. They are now recognized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. Craft Brewers Alliance brands also include Red Hook, Widmer, and Goose Island Beer Company. CBA was named as the eighth largest U.S. brewer, based on domestic shipments in 2009. Craft Brewers Alliance is paying 13.9 Million for the acquisition of Kona Brewing Company.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kona Brewing fully into the Craft Brewers Alliance family.” — Terry Michaelson, CEO of CBA. “Over the past nine years, we have worked alongside Kona to help build the brand in Hawaii and on the mainland, and we have been continuously impressed by the quality of Kona’s hand-crafted beers and their reflection of Hawaii’s heritage and culture. We look forward to new opportunities to grow the Kona brand.”
The merger will facilitate increased financial, marketing, and distribution capabilities of the Kona Brewing Company. Kona Brewing Company currently distributes throughout the U.S., in alliance with Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Kona Brewing Company already produces its bottled beer and mainland draft beer at the Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland, Oregon and the Redhook Ale Brewery in New Hampshire.
Mattson Davis, President and CEO of Kona Brewing Co., will continue as president and CEO, working closely with Michaelson on mainland growth of the brand. Rich Tucciarione will remain Brewmaster at Kona. Kona Brewing Company also operates 3 brewpubs in the state of Hawaii.
“This strengthened commitment to our partnership has been nine years in the making and provides us with the resources and expertise to take our operations to the next level. They have always respected and shown appreciation for our tradition, culture and passion for brewing exceptional beers in Kailua‐Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island.” — Mattson Davis
This means more liquid sunshine, as the Kona Brewing Co folks like to call it, for all of the Kona Brewing Company fans.