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From stowaway to hectolitre millionaire | Rarely have triumph and tragedy been so close in a brewer’s life as with Adolph Coors. Starting with virtually nothing as an immigrant in the USA, he opened a brewery in no man’s land, and built it – after decades of hard work – into one of the largest breweries in the world. However, he was never truly happy despite all of his success. In part three of our series, Günther Thömmes portrays the remarkable life of this giant of brewing history.

Staff news | Alexander Lenz has taken on the newly created position of Head of Sales Key Account Management at Ziemann Holvrieka. In this role, Alexander Lenz is the main contact for international key customers from the brewing, beverage and liquid food industry.


The Brewers of Europe supports Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the overall stance taken by the European Parliament in its opinion adopted this evening (February 16), advocating a comprehensive approach to cancer that includes prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.


New representatives | The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, announced its 2022 board of directors, with five new representatives to the 21-person board.


Supporting diversity | In January 2022, Mariana da Silva Schneider, a brewer at Amager Bryghus (Brewery) in Denmark, was selected as the winner of the UC Davis “Pour it Forward” scholarship. The crowdfunded scholarship, designed to support diversity, leadership and cross-cultural understanding in the brewing industry, provides full enrollment into the prestigious online UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program. Schneider was selected from 31 applicants for the first annual Pour it Forward award.


Developers want feedback | On October 1, 2020, Dr. Mark Schneeberger assumed leadership of Application Development Beverage & Beer at GEA in Kitzingen, Germany. He succeeded Dr. Rudolf Michel, who went into well-deserved retirement at the end of March 2021. BRAUWELT interviewed Dr. Schneeberger about his new position, one year on.


Management changes | At the end of 2021, BarthHaas completed the final step in the transition from an owner-managed to an owner-controlled company, which will see the Barth family moving onto a supervisory board and the appointment of two new managing directors. Oliver Bergner and Peter Hintermeier, both long-serving members of the management team, will take over as managing directors of BarthHaas GmbH & Co. KG.


The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, hired Julia Herz as the executive director of the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA), the BA’s homebrewing division. She started her new job on December 1.


BarthHaas | BarthHaas has appointed Prof. Dr. Mirja Steinkamp and Dr. Philipp Ramin as external members of its newly established board of directors. By creating this board, which will commence its activities in the fourth quarter of 2021, the global hops marketer is further preparing the ground for generational change.


Managing Partner | First Key, a brewery consulting firm working around the world for over 30 years, has announced that Chris Barrow, an industry leading executive, will join the team. His new role will be Managing Partner with First Key Capital Advisors, the investment advisory group at First Key Consulting.


Brewing in the last 75 years | The brewing industry has drastically changed over the past 160 years, especially since the Second World War, i.e. in the last 75 years. What was the situation like in Weihenstephan? What was it like to study at that time? In companies, which technical equipment did brewers returning from the war and their successors have to work with? And who better to tell us about it all than Prof. Ludwig Narziß, an internationally renowned expert in the field of brewing technology, who experienced this first hand…