We've heard this song before, but now it's hit the Washington Post, over the fold on Page 1 of the Business Section, in a piece written by reporter Thomas Heath. (You may need a www.washingtonpost.com account - free - to access that page.)
What I had heard months earlier from 'inside' sources was that Anheuser-Busch is set any day now to purchase 49% of Old Dominion Brewery and to finance various principals in Fordham Brewery/Ram's Head Tavern for the remainder 51%. That, to my mind, means 100% heart-and-soul would be A-B. Ugh. (An earlier bid, fronted by two employees, seemed to be succeeding, only to fail without public expalnation.)
The article lists the "Baltimore-based" Ram's Head in Annapolis; that's in error. The Ram's Head is in Annapolis, Maryland. And, I believe that the deal actually will be with Southern Beverages of Delaware, the production brewery (that is, no brewpub) that Bill and Kyle Muehlhauser - principals of the Fordham Brewery/Ram's Head - had set up in Delaware a few years ago to produce the bottled Fordham brand.
Confusion may arise because businesses often have dual names: trade or company names and names under which they do business. (Thus in Annapolis, the pub is the Ram's Head and the on-site brewery is Fordham.)
The "Jerry" of "Say it ain't so" is Dominion's owner, Jerry Bailey, who obviously wishes to retire!
From the Washington Post article:
- Old Dominion Brewing, whose pub is a favorite of the high-tech crowd near Dulles International Airport and whose microbrews are sold throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, is close to being sold -- and the buyers may be connected to the most macro brewery of all.
Old Dominion President Jerry Bailey said the sale could happen any day. He declined to identify the buyers, but people close to the microbrewery said the sale would involve Ram's Head Tavern, a Baltimore-based brewery chain, and beer giant Anheuser-Busch.