Boston Beer Co. settles dispute with glass supplier for $20.5 million


(Boston, MA) – Hot off the wire, Boston Beer Co. just announced its settlement with the glass manufacturer responsible for the massive recall of the company’s bottled beer back in 2008.

According to the brewery’s Q3 2008 financial statements, the recall cost the company approximately $22 million. It was the company’s first recall since it started in 1984.

Below is the press release announcing the settlement:


The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) and its former glass bottle supplier have today entered into an agreement to settle all claims regarding the recall implemented by the Boston Beer Company in 2008. The Boston Beer Company will receive payment of $20.5 million and all parties will release each other on any claims as they relate to this matter.

Today, the Boston Beer Company brews more than 21 styles of beer. The Company uses the traditional four vessel brewing process and often takes extra steps like dry-hopping and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. It passionately pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of its classic beers by constantly searching for the world’s finest ingredients. While resurrecting traditional brewing methods, the Company has earned a reputation as a pioneer in another revolution, the “extreme beer” movement, where it seeks to challenge drinkers’ perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company strives to elevate the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions the world over, and in the past five years it has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. The Company remains independent, and brewing quality beer remains its single focus. While the Company is the country’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only about nine-tenths of one percent of the U.S. beer market. For more information, please visit

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