Beverages

MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake Buys Saint Archer Brewing

Brewers share goal of taking craft brand national

CHICAGO -- MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake craft and import beer division has acquired a majority interest in Saint Archer Brewing Co.

MillerCoors buys Archer Brewing

Founded in San Diego in 2013 by a group of entrepreneurs, artists, skateboarders and surfers, Saint Archer brews a 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% 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 people’s hands,” said Landan. “We 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 Blake’s help, we hope to one day be a national brand.”

Saint Archer’s management and team will continue to brew, package, ship and sell Saint Archer’s portfolio of brands. Saint Archer will be run as a separate business unit of Tenth and Blake.

“We’re really excited about our partnership with Saint Archer,” said Scott Whitley, president and CEO of Tenth and Blake. “Saint 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 portfolio, including some outstanding IPAs. We’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, Chicago, portfolio, including Blue Moon Brewing Co., Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Crispin Cider Co. and a minority equity stake in Terrapin Beer Co.

The transaction is expected to complete in October 2015. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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