Chris Furnari

Chris Furnari

Editor, Brewbound

Chris Furnari is the editor of Brewbound and focuses exclusively on the beer business. In addition to overseeing daily content, Furnari also plans and executes Brewbound's business networking events -- Brewbound Live and Brew Talks. He is a regular at industry gatherings and has been featured in mainstream media publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNBC, USA Today, Mashable and Wired Magazine, among others.

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Private Equity Firm Sells Pittsburgh Brewing

Private Equity Firm Sells Pittsburgh Brewing

New York-based private equity firm Verus Investment Partners has sold the 156-year-old Pittsburgh Brewing Company to an undisclosed buyer. Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Canarchy Appoints New CEO, Shares 2017 Growth Figures

Canarchy Appoints New CEO, Shares 2017 Growth Figures

After growing two percent in 2017, Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective – a consortium of beer companies formed by Oskar Blues and Fireman Capital Partners following investments in Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing and Utah Brewers Cooperative – has brought in a pair of C-level executives to “develop necessary and scalable infrastructure” within the organization.

BeerBoard Shares 2017 On-Premise Trends

BeerBoard Shares 2017 On-Premise Trends

BeerBoard, the management platform behind digital menu displays at on-premise retailers such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Tilted Kilt and World of Beer, recently reviewed data from more than 50,000 draft lines and found that craft beer share grew by two percent in 2017.

Pabst Brewing Company Slashes 18 Percent of Workforce

Pabst Brewing Company Slashes 18 Percent of Workforce

For the second time in as many years, Pabst Brewing Company will undergo a major round of layoffs, today announcing that it has eliminated a total of 70 positions from the company. The cuts — which impacted employees across all areas of the organization, including sales, marketing, operations and administration — are being made to help the company reduce its cost basis by 15 percent.

The Bronx Brewery Co-Founder Steps Down as Company Retools

The Bronx Brewery Co-Founder Steps Down as Company Retools

Chris Gallant, the co-founder of New York-based Bronx Brewery, will step down this year as his family prepares for a move to California, the company announced today. Gallant, who launched the company in 2011 with head brewer, Damian Brown, will maintain an ownership stake in the business and a seat on the company’s board. However, he will no longer be active in its day-to-day operations.

Boston Beer Taps Former Seattle Cider President as New Angry Orchard Brand Strategist

Boston Beer Taps Former Seattle Cider President as New Angry Orchard Brand Strategist

Boston Beer Company has named Caitlin Braam, who departed Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing as president last August, as a “brand strategist” for its Angry Orchard Hard Cider line. “Cider is my passion and this is an incredible opportunity for me to help grow awareness of the cider industry overall, as well as have a bigger impact within the cider community,” Braam told Brewbound.

Brown Distributing to Shed Craft Brands in Western Florida

Brown Distributing to Shed Craft Brands in Western Florida

Brown Distributing, a Florida-based beer wholesaler that sells a variety of domestic, imported and craft beers throughout the state, will sell certain parts of its distribution business in western Florida, Brewbound has learned. The company, which lists beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic products from about 75 suppliers on its website, began informing craft brewery owners throughout the country of its decision to reassign the distribution rights to some brands on Tuesday night.

With New Hire, Scofflaw Brewing Trades Equity for Experience

With New Hire, Scofflaw Brewing Trades Equity for Experience

Beer industry veteran Chris McJunkin, who most recently served as the chief revenue officer for BrewDog USA, will take an equity position in Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing when he officially joins the company at the end of the first quarter.

Following Departure from First Beverage, JB Shireman Joins Arlington Capital

Following Departure from First Beverage, JB Shireman Joins Arlington Capital

Former First Beverage Group director JB Shireman has joined Arlington Capital, the Alabama-based investment bank announced today. Shireman, who departed First Beverage at the end of 2017, will serve as a director with Arlington and “further bolster” the firm’s craft beverage advisory business, a press release noted.

Washington Wholesalers Owed $21 Million After Losing Pabst Business

Washington Wholesalers Owed $21 Million After Losing Pabst Business

Ten months after Pabst Brewing Company terminated agreements with three Washington wholesalers, an arbitrator has determined that Columbia Distributing — which was awarded the distribution rights to several Pabst brands last February — owes a combined $21.2 million to The Odom Corporation, Craig Stein Beverage, and Marine View Beverage.

Taste Radio Ep. 90: Meg Gill on Life After Acquisition

Taste Radio Ep. 90: Meg Gill on Life After Acquisition

Two years after selling her startup to Anheuser-Busch InBev, Meg Gill, the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing, can’t imagine life without the support of the world’s largest beer company. “There’s a lot of complexities involved with a big partner, but it’s been an amazing journey for us,” she recently told BevNET’s Taste Radio podcast.

Watch: Startup Brewery Challenge 9 Pitches from Brewbound Session Winter 2017

Watch: Startup Brewery Challenge 9 Pitches from Brewbound Session Winter 2017

Last month, San Diego’s Novo Brazil Brewing was named the winner of Startup Brewery Challenge 9, held during the Brewbound Session conference in Santa Monica, California. But the business pitch competition – which gives entrepreneurs four minutes to showcase their brands for a chance to win $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Portland, Oregon – also featured four other emerging brands.

Massachusetts Task Force: Brewers Deserve Right to Terminate Distributors Without Cause

Massachusetts Task Force: Brewers Deserve Right to Terminate Distributors Without Cause

A task force formed earlier this year to examine Massachusetts’ decades-old alcohol laws has unveiled a lengthy report that offers 37 recommendations to “improve the operations” of the state’s Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). The suggestions — which the task force made after reviewing laws in other states and meeting with ABCC officials, alcohol industry members and consumers — include modernizing franchise laws, increasing excise taxes and clarifying pay-to-play rules.