Szpigel’s new chick in the henhouse

Karbach Brewing Co. is the new chick in the henhouse of Felipe Szpigel, the president of High End, AB InBev ‘s unit for U.S. craft, imported and specialty beers.

The Houston/Texas based craft brewery, which was established 5 years ago by longtime business partners Ken Goodman and Chuck Robertson, has grown rapidly and produces today 55,000 barrels of beer (64,500 hectoliters). AB InBev said in an  official release that the world’s largest brewer plans to increase annual capacity of Karbach to 150,000 barrles (176,000 hectoliters) by 2019.

Karbachjoins the portfolio of U.S. craft breweries in High end’s portfolio, which already include Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Four Peaks, Breckenridge and Devils Backbone.

The father of success of all these acquisitions is Felipe Szpigel. Besides writing large checks he claims that most craft brewers can be convinced to sell their business by the chance to lift their business quickly to a much higher level through a straightforward future growth strategy, just like now with Karbach.

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