AmBev is to develop a range of craft beers after teaming up with Brazilian microbrewer Wäls Brewery.

The Brazilian unit of Anheuser-Busch InBev will control Wäls through its Bohemia Brewery division, an AmBev spokesperson told just-drinks today. Bohemia will take over the assets and portfolio of Wäls and the two breweries will work together to develop new beers, the spokesperson said.

Financial details of the deal, which was agreed at the start of this month, have not been disclosed.

The move mirrors A-B InBev's focus on craft beer acquisitions in the US, which last year saw the company buy New York's Blue Point and Oregon's 10 Barrel Brewing. It is also in the process of acquiring Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co.

Founded in 1999 in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, Wäls produces on average 6,000 hectolitres of beer a year.