Anheuser-Busch interested in buying Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City Brewing produces such craft beers as Jai Alai IPA, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale and Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale. Owner Joey Redner says Anheuser-Busch has inquired about buying the business.

TAMPA — If you can’t beat ’em, buy’ em.

Despite its snarky Budweiser ad during the Super Bowl poking fun at craft beer, Anheuser-Busch has been steadily buying craft breweries around the country.

Could Tampa’s own Cigar City Brewing be next?

Founder and owner Joey Redner on Friday confirmed that the beer company’s representatives have reached out to him about buying his Tampa-based business.

Anheuser-Busch has a long history in the Tampa Bay area, having once operated a brewery and the Busch Gardens theme park here. The brewery closed in 1995, and the beer maker sold the park to investors in 2009.

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