An Interview with Eric Ottaway of Brooklyn Brewery

Recorded during Brewbound Live Winter 2018.

Eric Ottaway is the CEO of The Brooklyn Brewery, the 11th largest craft brewery in the U.S. He was appointed to the CEO position in 2014. Prior to taking over as CEO, Eric served as chief operating officer of the New York City-based company. Eric, along with his brother Robin Ottaway, who serves as the brewery’s president, have been with the company since the mid-’90s. Eric joined Brooklyn Brewery in 1996, after previously serving as a manager of The Craft Brewers Guild in Boston, a distribution company that at the time was owned by The Brooklyn Brewery. Ottaway earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He is married and has two sons, ages 24 and 21. The Brooklyn Brewery, founded in 1988, produced 293,000 barrels of beer in 2017. Its beer is sold in 26 states and in more than 20 countries. In 2016, Brooklyn Brewery sold a 24.5 percent minority stake to Japan’s Kirin Brewery. The following year, it acquired minority stakes in California’s 21st Amendment and Colorado’s Funkwerks. The company has also forged several international brewing partnerships.