“Although this won’t have an influence on those using the site every day, I would like to announce that ZX Ventures, an AB InBev subsidiary has taken over RateBeer in its entirety”, Joe Tucker wrote in a press statement.
ZX Ventures bought a minority share in RateBeer in 2016. Now it has taken over the site completely. No indication has been given as to how much money changed hands.
Not all beer-lovers are enthusiastic about the takeover. Critics question the site’s ability to be impartial given that its new-owners is a 100% subsidiary of the world’s biggest brewer.
Ratebeer’s Directeur Joe Tucker answers these concerns by writing that the “website will strive to remain impartial”.
Source of information
RateBeer is a recognised as a reliable source of information about beer by beer-lovers the world over. When in 2007 the site declared Westvleteren 12 to be the World’s best beer for the first time it unleashed a rush on the beer that normally can only be bought at Westvleteren Abbey