PORTLAND, OR – Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (CBA) (Nasdaq: HOOK), an independent craft brewing company, has hired Jennifer Tally to be the brewing manager of the Woodinville, Wash. brewery. In her role as brewing manager, Talley will be a key coordinator in developing new beer styles and innovative brewing techniques as well as be responsible for brewing, cellaring, and finishing at the brewery and will report directly to Greg Deuhs, Woodinville brewery’s brewmaster and director of operations.
“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer, who brings enormous amount of positive energy and enthusiasm to our team here in Woodinville,” said Greg Deuhs. “Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge not only of the brewing industry but as a brewer, and we are excited to collaborate with her on creative new brews. She will be an integral part of our specialty beers in the pub and our cask conditioned beers.
Talley has more than 20 years of experience in the craft beer industry as a brewer and head of research and development. She started her beer career as a brewers apprentice for Salt Lake City’s Squatters Pub Brewery, owned by Salt Lake Brewing Co. Talley worked her way more than 20 years to be an award winning brewmaster. She has won numerous awards at the Great American Beer Festival and earlier this year was awarded the Russell Schehrer award for Innovation in Brewing from the Brewers Association.
“I am very excited to be joining the Craft Brewers Alliance family as I begin a new chapter in my beer career,” said Jennifer Talley. “CBA has an incredible opportunity to grow with the three brands, Kona, Redhook and Widmer Brothers, under their umbrella. I am looking forward to sharing my beer knowledge and working with a 170,000 barrel a year craft brewery.”
Talley is a member of the Technical Committee of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. Talley is a native of Chicago and is moving to the Puget Sound area with her husband and two young children.
About Craft Brewers Alliance
CBA is an independent, publicly traded craft brewing company that was formed with the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers — Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery — in 2008. With an eye toward preserving one-of-a-kind beers and brands by giving them an opportunity to shine and grow, CBA was joined by Kona Brewing Company in 2010. When Kurt & Rob Widmer founded Widmer Brothers Brewing in 1984, they didn’t confine their brewing exploration to strict style guidelines. To this day, Widmer Brothers continues to create craft beers with a unique and unconventional twist on traditional styles that are award winning and please a wide range of craft beer lovers. Redhook began in a Seattle transmission shop in 1981, and those colorful roots are reflected in the brand’s personality to this day. The eminently drinkable beers consistently win awards and please crowds across the United States. Kona Brewing was founded in 1994 by the father and son team of Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who dreamed of crafting fresh, local island brews with spirit, passion and quality. As the largest craft brewery in Hawaii, Kona personifies the laid-back, passionate lifestyle and environmental respect of the people and culture of Hawaii.