“Anheuser-Busch has long been a part of Columbus with our brewery on the north side of town,” said Anheuser-Busch InBev spokesperson Andrew Smith in an email. “Adding two smaller breweries in the community to our portfolio seemed like the right move at this time.”
“We wanted to remain independent and keep making great beer, but let’s be honest, no one drinks craft beer anymore,” said former Barley’s owner Lenny Kolada.
Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to continue operation of both of Barley’s brewpubs in downtown Columbus and the Grandview Heights area, but will begin adding offerings from their own portfolio such as Bud Ice to the brewing rotation.
This post is obviously an April Fools joke. Viva la Craft Beer.