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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

•Boulevard Brewing CEO Mike Magoulas has stepped down after a stint of 15 months, following the brewery’s October acquisition by Belgium’s Duvel, reports the Kansas City Star. Boulevard founder John McDonald told the paper that he and Duvel exec Daniel Krug have been teaming on executive functions at Boulevard, with the hiring of a new CEO for all of Duvel’s U.S. business—also including its name brand and Cooperstown, New York craft brewery Ommegang—likely looking ahead.

•Charlottesville, Virginia’s Starr Hill Brewery will expand its nine-state distribution footprint in February to include Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. The brewery will initially offer a limited draft-only portfolio—including its flagship Northern Lights IPA, the new Grateful Pale Ale and classic Bavarian wheat beer The Love—along with its limited All Access draft lineup with such brands as Whiter Shade of Pale Ale (White IPA) and Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout. Following the 60-day launch of draft-only offerings, Starr Hill will offer the same beers in package along with its seasonal Variety Pack series. Starr Hill will also be featured at Taco Mac Sports Grill, with 28 locations across Georgia, as April’s Beer of the Month. General Wholesale Beer Company will distribute to metro Atlanta while Leon Farmer & Company will distribute to the greater Athens market.

•Distributor Missouri Beverage (MoBev) has made three new appointments to its recently-established craft beer unit. Jill Sites, former chief of operations for Greenbush Brewing, has been appointed craft beer sales manager, while Jim McGinn and Andy Jenkins—previously of MoBev and Boulevard Brewing, respectively—have joined the unit as craft beer specialists. MoBev’s craft beer portfolio currently includes Founders Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, North Coast Brewing and Arcadia Brewing, among others.

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