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Evans Brewing Company

September 22, 2015 12:38 ET

Bayhawk Ales Stockholders Vote to Approve Acquisition by Evans Brewing Company

Ninety-Nine Percent of Bayhawk's Independent Stockholders Vote "Yes" to a Proposal for the Acquisition of Bayhawk Ales Assets, Paving the Way for the Exchange of Their Stock for Shares of Evans Brewing Company

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 22, 2015) - Shareholders of Bayhawk Ales, Inc., one of the oldest craft beer brands in southern California, have approved by an overwhelming majority a proposal for Evans Brewing Company (EBC) to acquire all of Bayhawk's assets and liabilities and provide Bayhawk stockholders the opportunity to exchange their Bayhawk shares for an equal number of shares of EBC. The proposal was passed with over 99% of the shares voted by independent stockholders -- shares not held by management of Evans Brewing Company -- voting "Yes" on the proposal. 

Evans Brewing Company, a public company, intends to move forward with the acquisition of all Bayhawk assets, the share exchange process and its plan to have EBC stock listed and traded on a U.S. stock market. EBC management plans to retain a market maker to submit an application to FINRA to list EBC's common stock as soon as possible.

Bayhawk shareholders have until December 2, 2015 to submit their Bayhawk stock in order to receive their shares of Evans Brewing Company. Stockholders will receive information on the mechanics of the share exchange process by mail. Questions regarding the process, the company's future plans or any other subject can be directed via email to investors@evansbrewco.com or by telephone at 714-443-0099.

The Bayhawk brewery is the oldest continuously operating microbrewery in Orange County -- and one of the oldest in all of southern California -- with beers first produced there in January 1995. In addition to the ales produced by Bayhawk since 1995, Evans Brewing Company will now produce its award winning lagers at the Irvine brewery -- all of which will be marketed under the Evans Brewing Company label. 

"Approval of the asset purchase proposal by such an overwhelming majority only bolsters management's contention that this result is the best possible outcome for Bayhawk stockholders," commented Mike Rapport, President of Evans Brewing Company. 

"Most Bayhawk stockholders put their money into the company in the mid-1990s under the belief that their stock would soon be listed on a public stock exchange," said Rapport.

Bayhawk Ales, Inc. stopped filing financial reports with Securities and Exchange Commission in 1999 and the stock was never traded on a public market. Evans Brewing Company began filing periodic financial reports with the SEC that include Bayhawk financials in 2015. 

"All of the shareholders that contacted us expressed their strong support for our plan to expand the footprint of the company's operations, including broader distribution of our products locally, regionally and, hopefully, nationally as well," continued Rapport.

"We expect to have additional updates on these developments in the coming months and are committed to keeping our shareholders -- and anyone else interested in following our progress -- informed along the way. We certainly want to thank the Bayhawk stockholders for their tremendous support and will work to validate their confidence in us and our plans for the future," added Evan Rapport, Vice President of Evans Brewing Company and Director of Operations at the Brewery in Irvine.

Evans Brewing Company plans to file a Current Report on Form 8-K with the SEC, which will include additional details of the shareholder vote. 

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About the Company
Founded by the father-son team of Mike and Evan Rapport, Evans Brewing Company has created a superior line of lagers that has been honored with 16 international awards. Based in Orange County, California, the Evans Brewing Company in the city of Irvine supplies restaurants, retailers and beer drinkers across several states. Future plans for Evans Brewing Company include a branded restaurant/taproom, wider product distribution in the U.S., and an expansion of the beer brands currently under management. For more information, please follow the company on Twitter @EvansBrewCo or email us at investors@evansbrewco.com

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