DENVER — Great Divide Brewing Company is excited to announce the hiring of Kirk Simpson as its new Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. Simpson will join Great Divide’s leadership team, leading the brewery’s sales team as well as managing long-term growth strategies for the company.
“Kirk has an outstanding background developing wholesaler relationships and mentoring sales teams,” said Brian Dunn, founder and president of Great Divide. “We admire his ‘slow and steady’ philosophy on brand building as it fits well with our strategy and core business values.”
Simpson previously spent 22 years at Odell Brewing Co., helping the company grow its beer volume and distribution. From 2011 to 2017, Simpson and his team more than doubled the brewery’s barrelage from 50,000 barrels to over 120,000 barrels, and increased Odell’s distribution footprint from nine to 16 states.
“Our team is looking forward to working with Kirk and learning from him,” said Dunn. “His experience balancing relationships, profitability and growth is unsurpassed, and we are fortunate to have him on board.”
Simpson comes on board as Great Divide releases a new year-round Modern IPA, Heyday, and opens an outpost at the Denver International Airport.
About Great Divide Brewing Company
Founded in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Company is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival Medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on Beer Advocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.