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Wicked Weed sale marks flashpoint in brewery turf wars

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RALEIGH (AP) - The sale of North Carolina's beloved Wicked Weed beer to the company that makes Budweiser is coming at a cost for the Asheville craft brewer.

Wicked Weed has lost its voting rights in a craft beer guild and was booted from collaborations with two independent breweries. A handful of stores and restaurants also say they will no longer sell the beer because it has been sold to the macro-brewer Anheuser-Busch Inbev.

Walt Dickinson co-founded Wicked Weed in 2012. He says the deal will allow them to maintain a high degree of autonomy and that he plans to win back any upset customers.

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