Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 30, 2013October 30, 2013
•Craft Brew Alliance has appointed former Heineken USA executive Ken Kunze as chief marketing officer. He’ll report to Andy Thomas, who oversaw Kunze as president of Heineken USA from 2005-2007. Kunze joins CBA from Sabra Dipping Co.—a PepsiCo joint venture—where he’s been CMO for the past 3 years. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade as a marketing executive at Heineken USA, including a stint as chief marketing officer. CBA’s portfolio includes Widmer Bros., Redhook, Kona Brewing Co., Omission and Square Mile Cider Co.
•Seattle’s Westland Distillery has released the first bottling of its American Single Malt Whiskey. Westland’s American Single Malt, priced at $60 a 750-ml., is made from five different malted barleys and matured in heavily charred new American oak casks. The whiskey will be the flagship of Westland’s line. At its 13,000 square foot facility, the group is currently producing approximately 100 full-size casks a month. The American Single Malt is available now at retail and on-premise in Washington state, with more markets to follow.