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Senator Wyden holds brewers roundtable to discuss major beer merger

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A huge beer merger is in the works for Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller.

On Friday, Senator Ron Wyden met with Oregon brewers to hear their concerns over the merger.

The merger does have some regulators worried the new company could have too much power, resulting in higher beer prices.

Senator Wyden wrote a letter to federal regulators this week asking them to make sure the playing field remains level.

Brewers from around the state, including Senator Wyden, met a Ecliptic Brewing in North Portland to discuss the new merger.

Some brewers told FOX 12 they worry what the merger could mean for their business.

"A lot of power in the distribution networks. A lot of power in the raw material side of things. Being able to buy hops and barley, things like that, kegs, glass, cans," said John Harris with Ecliptic Brewing.

The Justice Department officials will now have to approve the merger.

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