Wicked Weed was founded in Asheville in 2012 by Walt and Luke Dickinson and lifelong friends Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy. In less than its 5 years of being opened, it has created over 500 different beers, ranging from clean West Coast IPAs to authentic Belgian ales, and progressively into thought-provoking sours. They’ve nabbed countless GABF medals, including those for Pernicious IPA, Lunatic Belgian Blonde, 100% Brettanomyces Serenity in 2013 and Mompara Honey Ale in 2014.
In the press release that dropped this morning, co-founder Walt Dickinson was quoted saying, “This is an exciting time for the entire brewing team. Our ability to create a wide range of really well executed beers that are focused on creativity, quality and drinkability is what makes Wicked Weed great. We have chosen to partner with The High End to position ourselves to make Wicked Weed what we imagined it could be when we first sat at a craft beer bar and talked about opening a brewery. As a brewer, giving our team more resources to continue innovating our portfolio and the ability to reach more craft drinkers, allows us to keep putting the beer and the people first.”
Wicked Weed Brewing owns and operates four facilities in Asheville: their original Downtown brewpub where they produce over 150 different beers a year, the “Funkatorium,” the first dedicated sour beer taproom and barrel house on the East Coast, a 50-barrel production brewery in West Asheville, and the “Funk House and company headquarters,” a custom-designed brewhouse and training facility.
Co-founder Rick Guthy revealed that following the acquisition, the pub and Funkatorium will stay focused on producing creative beers and will continue to be part of Asheville’s beer tourism for years to come.
Anheuser-Busch’s partnership with Wicked Weed is subject to regulatory approval. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The High End includes brands such as Stella Artois and Shock Top, along with craft partners Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Four Peaks, Breckenridge Brewery, Devils Backbone, SpikedSeltzer and Karbach Brewing Co.