(Petaluma, CA) – Or more like they were according to Lagunitas Brewing founder, Tony Magee. Magee posted on Twitter on Wednesday night about a dinner that he had with an A-B InBev executive in which he told the exec that he would rather “die on payroll” than sell Lagunitas to them. See the tweets below.
Have I mentioned the visit I got from the Budweiser guy who did the deal to buy Goose? We had dinner, a burger, I think. He was shopping.
He was a nice fella. Didn’t exactly say what he wanted, but the three calls to meet seemed clear enuf. I told I’d rather die on payroll.
Selling ones brewery is selling all of ones best friend’s careers, their hearts, the portion of their lives they spent working for you.
After meetin Andy Goeler, the guy Bud assigned t’Goose, the guy fr St. Louis w/the huevos t’welcme us t’Chicago, I’d rather put out my eyes.
I said I’d not poach from local breweries to staff Chicago, but I think we could make an exception for Goose folks… Call it ‘sanctuary’…