By Tessa Raebeck
Long Island’s first microbrewery, Blue Point Brewing Company has been purchased by the American beer giant Anheuser-Busch. Founded in 1998 in Patchogue by two beer-loving friends, Mark Burford and Peter Cotter, Blue Point retains its tagline as “Long Island’s Brewery,” but is now on tap at bars across the country, brewing some 60,000 barrels a year.
On February 5, it was announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev, the country’s largest brewer and the supplier of its top-selling beer, Bud Light, as well as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s, has agreed to buy the Blue Point Brewing Company.
The deal will help Blue Point expand while allowing Anheuser-Busch to capitalize on the growing popularity of craft beer, the announcement said. Blue Point will continue to operate out of Patchogue and to sell its local brews, including the popular flagship Toasted Lager, as well as Hoptical Illusion, Blueberry Ale and Toxic Sludge.
“Together, our talented brewing team and Anheuser-Busch will have the resources to create new and exciting beers and share our portfolio with even more beer lovers,” Mr. Burford said in a statement.
“As we welcome Blue Point into the Anheuser-Busch family of brands, we look forward to working with Mark and Peter to accelerate the growth of the Blue Point portfolio and expand to new markets, while preserving the heritage and innovation of the brands,” Luiz Edmond, the President of the North American branch of Anheuser-Busch InBev said in a statement.
The move will allow Mr. Burford and Mr. Cotter to spread their business philosophy, already well understood on Long Island: “Good people drink good beer.”