Alcohol Stocks: Investing in Liquor, Beer, & Wine

Alcohol stocks are admittedly not for everyone. They are are viewed as “sin stocks” and may be untouchable for some investors for various reasons. That is a position we can respect. Alcohol has clearly had a negative impact on countless people and we can understand the reasoning beyond not putting your money behind such a stock.

On the flip side, there are numerous people who enjoy alcohol without it being a problem. We have geared this article to people that do not have a problem investing in alcohol stocks. We have compiled a list of these stocks for those looking to diversify into this market.

There are numerous alcohol stocks that you might consider as an investment. Some are established companies with numerous brands in their portfolio. Others carry a limited selection of liquor products that they rely on for growth. You should complete your due diligence before investing in any of the below alcohol stocks.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD)

Anheuser-Busch is known for their iconic brands such as Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Natural Light/Ice. The company’s portfolio also includes other well established beverage brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Rolling Rock, Labatt, and Bass. This company holds an enormous market capitalization of $208.49 billion. It may not offer a huge return on investment in comparison to potentially smaller alcohol stocks. However, if you purchase it at a value price, you may receive some respectable returns in addition to its 3.85% dividend at the time of the article.

Diageo (DEO)

Diageo has a large $85.22 billion market capitalization and is a one of the world’s largest distillers. The company is headquarter in London, England, but shares of this alcohol stock can be purchased in the United States because it trades on the New York Stock Exchange. Diageo holds some iconic brands in its portfolio including Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Crown Royal, and Bailey’s

Castle Brands (ROX)

Castle Brands is known primarily for Goslings Rum and Goslings Ginger Beer. When you combine the two, you create a Dark ‘n Stormy which is the national drink of Bermuda. The company also offers Jefferson’s Bourbon and Knappogue Castle Whiskey among other alcoholic beverages. This is a small company with a current market capitalization of only about $206 million.

Brown-Forman (BF-B)

Brown-Forman produces the world’s best-selling whiskey, Jack Daniel’s. The company’s portfolio also includes such brands as Finlandia Vodka, Herradura Tequila, and Woodford Reserve Whiskey. The company has recently benefited from strong growth in whiskey sales across the United States. The company has a market capitalization of approximately $26 billion.

Constellation Brands (STZ)

Constellation Brands holds an enormous portfolio of wine, beer, and spirits brands. If you are looking to invest in a company that is heavily wine based, this company might fit your criteria. Their brands include popular products such as Kim Crawford, Mark West, Black Box, Ravage, Blackstone, Clos du Bois, Arbor Mist, Cook’s, Svedka Vodka, and many more. The company has a current market capitalization of $42.39 billion.

The Boston Beer Company (SAM)

The Boston Beer Company is known for making Samuel Adams Beer, Twisted Tea, and Angry Orchard Hard Cider. While the patriot Samuel Adams was alive mostly in the 18th century, this beer company began in 1984. The market capitalization of this company is about $1.97 billion.

Molson Coors Brewing (TAP)

Most people have likely heard of both Molson and Coors. Molson and Coors merged in 2005 to make the current company. They are world’s third largest brewer. We invite you to visit molsoncoors.com to explorer their brands because there are quite a few of them. However, some notable beers associated with the company include Blue Moon, Mickey’s, Leinenkugel, Keystone, and Henry Weinhard’s.

Craft Brew Alliance (Brew)

This company is based out of Portland, Oregon and was formed in 2008 from a merger between two craft brewers: Redhook and Widmer Brothers Brewing. Eventually, Kona Brewing from Hawaii joined the Craft Brew Alliance in 2010 and currently represents the largest brand family of the company.