Nectar Ales Label Under New Ownership

Firestone Walker has announced the sale of Nectar Ales, a label they bought from Humboldt Brewing Company in 2005.

All of the back story is available in the above link, so I won’t delve deep into the details.

The company that bought the label is Total Beverage Solution, an importer of beers, wines and spirits. Some of the beers they carry include Shipyard, Weihenstephan, Old Speckled Hen and Moretti. I find Shipyard an odd addition; why would a domestically brewed beer be carried by an importer?

At this point, it seems unclear (at least to me) who will now handle the brewing of the Nectar Beers. It would seem appropriate for Shipyard to start contract brewing it, since they presumably have the space.

So what does this mean for you and I? Personally, I was never a big fan of the Nectar line, besides Black Xantus. They were always good but average brews. So I’m not too worried about what will happen to Nectar.

I am, however, excited about what this could mean for Firestone Walker. This would seem to open up some space and time for their brewing schedule, leading to the possibility of more special releases or increased volume of certain beers. I’m certainly not going to complain about more Parabola or Abacus. And neither should you.

On a side note, I still refuse to call Abacus by it’s new, stupid name. It mostly has to do with the reasons behind the name change,but it also has to do with me looking like an idiot trying to pronounce it.


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