Craft Brewing and Distilling News for November 22, 2013November 22, 2013
•Portland-based Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has promoted current president of commercial operations Andy Thomas to the CEO position, effective January 1. Thomas will succed Terry Michaelson, who will stay on as a senior advisor through the end of 2014. Thomas, who was previously CEO of Heineken USA, joined CBA in 2011. CBA chairman Kurt Widmer said Thomas’s contributions have led to “record-breaking momentum across brand families, channels and geographies” for the company. Fellow Heineken USA veteran Ken Kunze was named CBA’s chief marketing officer on November 4.
•Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery has introduced the latest edition of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, a limited-edition offering that sells for $500 apiece. Only 100 (3-liter) bottles of Gonzo Imperial Porter—which is aged for a minimum of three months in Bourbon barrels—have been produced this year. Designed by artist Ralph Steadman, each is sealed in wax and comes in a custom-fitted wooden display box branded with the Flying Dog logo. A numbered certificate of authenticity and pair of Flying Dog goblets are also included with each magnum. All proceeds from the beer’s sales will benefit the Gonzo Foundation, which hosts political debates and runs after-school programs in the Aspen, Colorado area.