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General Distributors Establishes Craft Sales Team

General Distributors Establishes Craft Sales Team

One of Oregon’s top beer distributors is investing behind its portfolio of craft offerings. Oregon City’s General Distributors Inc., a 3 million case-per-year outfit that delivers beer to 11 counties in the greater Portland area, last week announced plans to launch a dedicated “craft & specialty team” that will “position the company for future growth and success.”

North American Breweries Closes Pyramid Alehouse Location in Berkeley

North American Breweries Closes Pyramid Alehouse Location in Berkeley

North American Breweries (NAB) yesterday announced the permanent closure of its Berkeley, Calif. Pyramid Alehouse, a restaurant and brewery that had been operating in the Oakland suburb since 1997. According to a press statement from NAB, which purchased Pyramid Breweries in 2010 after its tie-up with Magic Hat, the shut down is part of a broader, company-wide strategy focused on consolidating production at its Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash. facilities.

Local Industry Experts to Discuss Michigan Craft Beer at Brew Talks

Local Industry Experts to Discuss Michigan Craft Beer at Brew Talks

We’re just 24 hours away from our sixth Brew Talks meetup of the year and we’ve got one final program announcement to make. Brewbound has invited three insanely knowledgeable industry professionals, all of whom are deeply connected with the craft scene throughout Michigan, to discuss the opportunities and challenges that craft brewers face as they look to grow their brands at the local level.

Duvel USA, Firestone Walker Executives Discuss Deal

Duvel USA, Firestone Walker Executives Discuss Deal

Another top U.S. craft brewery is changing hands. As announced late last night, Duvel Moortgat will add to an impressive roster of American craft brands – one that already includes Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing and New York’s Brewery Ommegang — by “combining” its U.S. operations with California’s fourth largest craft beer company, Firestone Walker Brewing.

Brewers Association Names Dick Cantwell Quality Ambassador

Brewers Association Names Dick Cantwell Quality Ambassador

Elysian Brewing co-founder Dick Cantwell is going to work for the Brewers Association. Less than four months after Cantwell resigned from Anheuser-Busch InBev — the international brewing conglomerate that in January acquired the famed Seattle-based beer company he helped start – the former brewmaster will step in as the organization’s new “quality ambassador.”

Odell Selling 70 Percent of Company to Management Team, Employees

Odell Selling 70 Percent of Company to Management Team, Employees

In a hybrid management buyout and employee stock ownership transaction, Odell Brewing will sell 70 percent of the company to brewery employees, co-founder and CEO Wynne Odell told Brewbound. The deal, first announced late last night, will see 51 percent of the company transferred to three members of the executive management team — director of sales Eric Smith, COO Brendan McGivney and CFO Chris Banks. 19 percent of the company will be sold remaining brewery employees (currently 115).

Odell Brewing Turns Company Over to Employees

Odell Brewing Turns Company Over to Employees

Another Colorado craft brewery has turned ownership over to its employees. Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing tonight announced the establishment of an employee stock ownership plan, selling 19 percent of company stock into a newly formed trust in which all 115 employees will participate.

Duvel Moortgat USA and Firestone Walker Combine Companies in Blockbuster Craft Deal

Duvel Moortgat USA and Firestone Walker Combine Companies in Blockbuster Craft Deal

Firestone Walker and Duvel Moortgat have agreed to “combine their two companies” in the USA, according to a press release. Specific financial details were not disclosed. In a note posted to its website, Firestone Walker founders David Walker and Adam Firestone described Duvel Moortgat’s investment in the company as a “partnership,” and a “elegant solution that will enable us to grow within a framework that meets our standards.”