First Beverage Ventures is the private equity arm of First Beverage Group, focused on investing in emerging beverage companies.
“First Beverage took the time to really understand the financial and diverse personal goals of all the invested stakeholders. Our priority was preservation of the company’s culture, control, capacity, and capital for future investments. The knowledge and discipline that First Beverage brought to the process has allowed us to achieve all of these, as well as to better position both Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker to compete more effectively in the years to come.”– David Walker Co-Founder, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
“Partnering with First Beverage is one of the best decisions we have made. Anyone can fund you--what sets First Beverage apart is their experience in beverage, their passionate team, and their willingness to support you where you need it and to let you go free where you don't. We often remark on how lucky we are to be totally in control at Health-Ade to make our own decisions but to know that we’re fully backed by a connected and dedicated team who shares our goals.”– Daina Slekys Trout CEO & Founder, Health-Ade (shown here with Co-Founders Vanessa Dew and Justin Trout)
“The First Beverage team brought an incredible amount of balance and expertise to our process of finding the right long-term partner. Their industry expertise, knowledge of prospective partners, and skilled execution allowed us to achieve the outcome we desired while Sara and I focused on operating the brewery.”– Phin DeMink Co-Founder, Southern Tier Brewing Company
“It was important for Essentia to find an investment partner where integrity and commitment were more than mere words. The First Beverage team has been incredibly supportive and helpful in creating new business relationships and connecting us with the right industry contacts. They have unparalleled experience and tremendous resources that have been exceptionally valuable.”– Ken Uptain Founder and CEO, Essentia
“The First Beverage team was great to work with throughout this process. Not only are they the best bankers in the beverage space, they managed to keep the process fun, simple and they flat-out knew how to execute.”– Chris Cox Co-Founder, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. (shown here with Co-Founders Garrett Wales and Jeremy Cox)
“First Beverage brought a remarkable amount of industry expertise to the XYIENCE assignment and was very hands-on, providing senior level attention and advice from the beginning of the transaction process until the day it closed.”– John Mulkey CFO, Manzen (former parent company of Xyience)
“This was a complex process; however, First Beverage stayed the course and did a great job of guiding us through the transaction. We achieved an exceptional result and are very happy with our new strategic partnership. We definitely attained a superior outcome with First Beverage as our advisor.”– Rhett Keisler Co-Founder and President, Revolver Brewing (shown here with Ron Keisler, Co-Founder & Vice President and Grant Wood, Founding Master Brewer)
BevNET.com: By Martin Caballero Roughly six months after departing premium water brand Voss of Norway as CEO, beverage industry veteran Jack Belsito has joined private equity firm First Beverage Ventures as a managing partner. Belsito had been at the helm of Voss from 2010. Prior to his departure, he shepherded a multi-year agreement with PepsiCo’s foodservice division […]
First Beverage Group: First Beverage Ventures is pleased to announce that Jack Belsito has joined the firm as a managing partner based in the firm’s New York office. Jack joins First Beverage from Voss of Norway, where he served as group CEO and led the company through a transformational growth period culminating in a successful […]
First Beverage Group: First Beverage Group today announced that its investment banking division, First Beverage Financial, is merging with Seattle-based Cascadia Capital, one of the nation’s leading middle market investment banking firms. Bill Anderson, First Beverage’s Founder and CEO, plans to join Cascadia’s Board of Directors and the entire First Beverage investment banking team will […]
First Beverage Group: First Beverage Ventures is pleased to announce its investment in VitaCup, a vitamin-infused coffee and tea company. First Beverage served as the lead investor in the equity raise recently completed by the company. Founded by digital marketing executives Brandon Fishman and Roman Bills, VitaCup has gained an immediate consumer following in the […]
First Beverage Group: First Beverage Financial, the investment banking arm of First Beverage Group, announced that it acted as the financial advisor to Avery Brewing Company in its partnership with Mahou San Miguel. Through this transaction Mahou San Miguel will acquire a 30% ownership stake in Avery Brewing. Additional terms of the transaction, which is […]
I was at a National concert at the Hollywood Bowl this fall and the band started with their new classic, ‘Nobody Else Will Be There’, with this early line: “Meet me in the stairwell in a second / For a glass of gin.” And sitting there in my seat that night and listening to those […]