Tenth and Blake, the craft and import division of MillerCoors, announced today an agreement to acquire a majority interest in Saint Archer Brewing Company. Here’s the rest of the press release:
Founded in San Diego in 2013 by a talented group of entrepreneurs, artists, skateboarders and surfers, Saint Archer brews an award-winning range of ales including Blonde Ale, IPA, White Ale and Pale Ale. Saint Archer expects to sell 35,000 barrels of beer in 2015, up more than 100 percent over 2014, making it one of the fastest-growing breweries in California. Tenth and Blake plans to support its continued growth under the ongoing leadership of Josh Landan, Saint Archer co-founder and president.
“We have always wanted to get great beer into more peopleâ€™s hands,â€ said Landan. â€œWe were fortunate that brewers big and small were interested in partnering with us, but Tenth and Blake was the clear choice. Tenth and Blake shares our passion for putting great beer first. Joining Tenth and Blake allows us to keep doing what we love right here in San Diego, but now with more resources to innovate and grow. With Tenth and Blakeâ€™s help, we hope to one day be a national brand.”
Saint Archerâ€™s management and their team will continue to brew, package, ship, and sell Saint Archerâ€™s outstanding portfolio of high-quality brands. Saint Archer will be run as a separate business unit of Tenth and Blake.
“Weâ€™re really excited about our partnership with Saint Archer,â€ said Scott Whitley, president and CEO of Tenth and Blake. â€œSaint Archer is consistent with our strategy of building our high-end portfolio while driving topline growth. Josh and his team represent everything we look for in a partner. Saint Archer brews award-winning ales across a variety of styles that are complementary to our current portfolioâ€”including some outstanding IPAs. Weâ€™re excited at the prospect of working together to support the continued success of Saint Archer.”
Saint Archer picked up two gold medals at the 2014 San Diego International Beer Festival and a gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
Saint Archer joins other leading crafts in the Tenth and Blake portfolio, including Blue Moon Brewing Company, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Crispin Cider Company and a minority equity stake in Terrapin Beer Company.
The news comes two days after Heineken bought a 50 percent stake in Lagunitas Brewing.