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Harpoon acquires Clown Shoes Beer

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The Boston-based beer brand Harpoon has acquired Ipswich brewer Clown Shoes Beer, leading both companies to publicly laud the merger.

Under the acquisition, Harpoon will now be brewing and pouring out Clown Shoes’ craft concoctions at Harpoon facilities in Boston and Vermont, according to a company statement.

“Clown Shoes, Harpoon, and UFO Beer will be the same beer that you have grown to love,” the Harpoon statement said. “In the coming months, you will be able to enjoy all three at both of our breweries.”

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In a tongue-in-cheek statement posted to Clown Shoes’ website, officials at the beer company promised they were not “selling out.”

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“We will still produce innovative, high quality beers with signature graphic marketing,” company officials wrote. “We will, in fact, create small-batch, state-specific, and barrel aged beers at an accelerated rate in 2018.”

Under the deal, Clown Shoes workers will also “become employee-owners” at Harpoon, citing the similarities between the two local brands.

“We root for the same sports teams, shovel snow from the same storms, walk the same beaches during the few decent days of summer, and we drive again and again over the same streets, bridges, and highways,” the statement said. “We are still going to be Clown Shoes and Harpoon is still going to be Harpoon. Now we get to have fun playing in the same sandbox for years to come.”

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