Other brewers react to Boulevard's sale - KCTV5

Other brewers react to Boulevard's sale

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Many people expressed how upset they were about the sale of Boulevard Brewery and even other local breweries offered their opinions.

The Big Rip is a nano-brewery off Ninth and Swift avenues in North Kansas City. It's just 4 months old and it's proof that Kansas City's craft brewing scene didn't die with the sale of Boulevard Brewery.

Only a day after the announcement of the sale of Boulevard, to Belgian company Duvell Moortgat, people still have their opinions.

"I do care that it was sold because it's supposed to be the oldest local brewery in town," said Trey Geier, a beer drinker.

Kansas City beer drinkers like Geier are pouring one out.

"It's because it's no longer a local company, it was bought by somebody that's out of town. Just like the Chiefs, we're Kansas City proud and we support our local businesses," he said. "That's where it's hitting to close to home, where we feel like we've been betrayed."

"Kansas City is what supported them and made them grow and it just felt really good to have that company actually be part of the community," said Doris Lucke.

But brewer Josh Collins with The Big Rip Brewery said Kansas City's micro and craft brewing scene isn't fizzing at all.

"The new wave started years ago in cities that were like Kansas City. For some reason it didn't start in Kansas City until six months ago," he said.

The Big Rip is a nano-brewery with a traditional tap room - smaller than a microbrewery - defined as a company that makes less than 15,000 barrels of high-quality beer a year.

"We were psyched to be the first of a new wave of new breweries to pop up that weren't a brew pub style. Within another six months there are rumors there will be three or four more," Collins said.

The Big Rip is one of a handful of microbreweries popping up in the Kansas City metro area. Collins said he was shocked when Boulevard sold.

"I think everyone, if they're honest, would love to be in their shoes," he said.

When asked if he would ever sell his business, Collins said, from a business standpoint, it's something anyone would consider.

While Collins wants The Big Rip to expand, he also said he wants to stay a small niche craft brewing company.

Boulevard has not said how much the sale to Duvel Moortgat is worth. The physical brewery is expected to stay in Kansas City and no jobs are expected to be lost.

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