Ballast Point sells for $1 billion

If you want your BP beer, by all means continue to buy it. If you and others like you stop buying it, they might stop making it, or at least making the type you prefer. But don't confuse "support" for BP with convincing a conglomerate to leave the operation untouched. At the least, there are federal laws that require these businesses to offer uniform benefit plans to the employees in all of the extended corporate entity. If Constellation doesn't treat its workers as generously as did BP, then the BP folks will see a change that they don't like. You might like to think that these conglomerates always do the "right" and astute thing with their acquisitions. If you read the business/financial press, it reports daily on plans gone awry, buyouts that flop, arrogant CEO's who lead their companies into ruin, and a host of other ills. In fact, it often seems as if only a tiny fraction of acquisitions and mergers really help the participants, their products, or their customers. I'm old enough to remember how the big corporate brewers, Anheuser Busch, Coors, Miller, Schlitz and a host of others seemed all to engage in a "race to the bottom" during the 70's and 80's, taking the taste/flavor out of their beers, and inventing those abominable "light" beers. Until this micro-brew and craft brewing revolution came along, I stopped drinking most beer, save for a few of the better Mexican labels, and a couple from Holland and Germany. We shouldn't "automatically believe" this new owner will change the beer. It may not, but don't be surprised if the stuff does change and not for the better.
— November 19, 2015 10:03 a.m.

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