Craft Brewing And Distilling News for November 16, 2012November 16, 2012
•Goose Island founder John Hall is stepping down from his CEO duties and will be replaced by Andy Goeler, a veteran of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), which acquired Goose Island for $39 million last year. Goeler was previously president of craft, import and specialty brands for Anheuser-Busch, leading brands like Shock Top, Stella Artois and Beck’s. Goose Island COO Tony Bowker is also stepping down. Both Bowker and Hall will remain involved in Goose Island’s future, however, joining a new five-person Anheuser-Busch InBev Craft Advisory Board. ABI says it intends to continue expanding the Chicago-based brewery’s national footprint. Goose Island told Shanken News Daily over the summer that it would increase production 50% this year. The brand was up 20% to 2.1 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2011, according to Impact Databank.
•Washington’s Redhook Brewery has partnered with Seattle’s Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co. to bring back its limited release Double Black Stout. The 7%-abv brew is made with roasted barley, Munich malt and Carafa 3, featuring chocolate and coffee flavors. It’s currently distributed on draft and in 22-ounce bottles in Washington and Oregon. Double Black Stout is released under Redhook’s Blueline Series, a limited release series brewed for local distribution. That line has also featured No Equal Amber Lager, Extra Special Birthday and Dunkelweizen Ale.