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Fact or fiction? The brew kettle sells to...Pannini 's

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by ChrisMon02, Mar 3, 2013.

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  1. ChrisMon02

    ChrisMon02 May 2, 2010 Ohio

    Has anyone heard this? An employee told me this yesterday. The makers of White Rajah sold to Pannini's?
  2. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Oct 20, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    You are the second person I've heard this from. I have no idea of whether it's true or false...but good Lord, I hope it's false.
  3. pyite

    pyite Feb 25, 2013 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I hope this isn't ture either
  4. BB1313

    BB1313 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    o_O :confused::eek:

    I hope it's just a sick rumor.. but TBK usually lurks around BA and responds when necessary.. so I wouldn't be surprised if someone from TBK responds to this thread directly. This is news to me and I haven't heard anything about it, but who the hell am I?
  5. camil1mj

    camil1mj Oct 4, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Fairly certain this is true, as I do know they were just sold.
  6. caboose9

    caboose9 Oct 6, 2006 Ohio

    Strongsville, Ohio?
  7. jampics2

    jampics2 Dec 19, 2008 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Yes, I can confirm 100% that the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH was indeed sold. Furthermore, I can confirm that the new owner is also the owner of several Panini's franchises and has plans to franchise the Brew Kettle. The news was broken to employees on Thursday.

    I was hoping that this news wouldn't "leak" until I could get some official comments for my next column in Cleveland Scene, but I guess it won't wait for the printed page. From what I've gathered, the Smokehouse, Taproom and BOP were totally & completely sold to new ownership. Chris McKim, the business' founder, has retained stake in the production brewery. I've heard conflicting reports about how much of a stake he continues to own of the production brewery (anywhere from 100% to 30%).

    I know this was not an easy decision and I hope the new ownership treats the business and staff as well as Chris did. Let's allow Chris and his staff or the new owner to come out with details when they're ready. Regardless of what the future holds, the Cleveland Craft Beer scene owns Chris for all his hard work and dedication to great beer!
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  8. HopCraverDave

    HopCraverDave Feb 20, 2013 Ohio

    Wow...I hope this does not lead to a decline in their products
  9. pest

    pest Sep 2, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Mother of god.

    If this affects quality or availability of white rajah there will be hell to pay.
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  10. brewkettle

    brewkettle Jan 8, 2005 Ohio

    On February 25, 2013 The Brew Kettle has entered a partnership with an investment group by the name of The Brew Kettle Strongsville LLC. No changes other than growth are planned. I will spend most of my days involved in the operations and distribution growth of our beer at The Brew Kettle Production Works LLC and Pam will continue to manage the Brew On Premise. The partnership was really put together to streamline the pub and update some of the physical and operational details that need attention, then expand to additional markets. I just could not financially do it all myself anymore and my time management skills had reached their limits. This is going to be a great improvement for customers, the dedicated staff, the business, our products and The Brew Kettle brand.

    I opened The Brew Kettle with myself and one paid employee in 1995. My how things have changed over the past 18 years. We have gone through 7 expansions and The Brew Kettle family now employs well over 80 staff members. My biggest concern regarding this change is making sure that the staff and customers that have been there to help us grow continue to experience exactly what they have come to expect from what was once our little Mom and Pop B.O.P..

    You have my word, I have not sold out, for me to return to my roots and grow the brewery is a dream come true as the last 18 years have been. I noticed on a Sam Adams commercial yesterday that Jim Koch's title is Founder. My new title is Founder and Managing Partner. The Craft Beer business is who I am and I certainly have no intentions of going anywhere in the foreseeable future, I would not know what else to do, this business and the craft beer industry is my life.

    Thanks for all of your support and please joins us for what undoubtedly with be the biggest and best chapter in the growth of The Brew Kettle.


    Chris McKim
    Founder and Managing Partner
  11. BB1313

    BB1313 Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I understand it's a business decision, so I wouldn't hold that against anyone. As long as the quality is the same that we've come to expect, it should be all good.
  12. jampics2

    jampics2 Dec 19, 2008 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Chris - love the response, wish you all the best. You're a huge part of our scene and have my continued support in the future!
  13. miketd

    miketd Mar 2, 2006 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Doesn't sound like a bad deal. Good luck Chris and Pam!
  14. fiver29

    fiver29 Sep 18, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Good luck!!! I wish you guys nothing but the best!
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  15. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

  16. Keffa

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Good luck. I'll still buy White Rajah and Old 21.
  17. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! already have many friends who've heard this and are not expecting any good to come from this transfer of ownership. Hoping for the best. My only hope is that they leave the sports bar nonsense to the Panini's franchises. As a beer nut the only sports bar that has ever rated high for me has been the Winking Lizard. Every body else, not so much. Change can be good, hoping this is the case.
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