Four Brewers: 50% of the World Beer Market

Written by Charlie Papazian

Four brewing companies control and brew half of the world’s beer. They are Belgian-based Anheuser-Busch Inbev, London-listed SABMiller (South African Breweries Miller), Dutch Heineken and Danish Carlsberg. In a report by Bloomberg last week the last two years of consolidation were summed up with the hefty sum of $75 billion worth of acquisitions. To what end?

In a featured example and with seemingly great pride, Carlsberg teamed up with Heineken in 2008 to buy and break up Scottish & Newcastle for $11.9 billion. Scottish & Newcastle formerly a major U.K. brewing company is no more, as can also be said of the English, Scottish and even Irish brewing industry. Except that the void is being trickle-filled with hundreds of microbrewery startups who are somehow appealing to local markets.

In the world of mega companies brewing megabranded beers the consolidation and acquisition game continues to play out. Anheuser-Busch Inbev and Heineken are currently in the process of gobbling up Mexico’s largest brewing companies, Modelo and FEMSA respectively.

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VWs and Beer in the Pisgahs

Reported by Ken Carman for

I tried calling them, but for some reason there’s no answer. I would have sent an E-mail, but their site said they don’t have it… but they have a web site? This party sounds grand and they did do it last year. I hope they still are doing it…

@ The Lazy J Campground
1237 Parkway Rd
Rosman, NC 28772-9630
(828) 966-3834

One of my most treasured Southern memories is taking on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a rag top 911. I’ve also spent time hanging around Brevard and got lost in the Pisgah National Forest. So when I found out about the Brew Bus and the Lazy J I cheered, until I found out they have their fest in June. I’m always on my northern tour in June and work comes first.

I even have a Transylvania paper hanging up in my house, which is the county. The Count hasn’t found what I snatched off his blood drenched doorstep; yet.
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