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Hopslam: How Big Beer Is Trying to Stop a Craft Beer Revolution


The blocked merger between Modelo and Anheuser-Busch shines a light on the long-brewing fight between big beer and craft brewers

For the last six generations, beer has defined Jim Koch's family.

And for much of that time, his family's story has criss-crossed that of another brewing company, Anheuser-Busch. Koch's great-great grandfather founded their family's brewery the same year Anheuser opened its doors. Both were housed in St. Louis. Koch's grandfather even worked as a brewmaster at the Anheuser brewery post-Prohibition.

But in the years since, the Anheuser and Koch breweries have taken very diff...