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Boston Beer Co. names a new president and CEO

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“We took our time to find the right person,” Jim Koch (l) said of Dave Burwick (r).

Boston Beer Co., which makes Samuel Adams beer, Twisted Tea, and Angry Orchard Hard Cider, has named a new president and CEO.

Dave Burwick, a former chief executive of Peet’s Coffee, will succeed Martin Roper , the company announced Wednesday on its website.

Jim Koch will continue in his role as founder and chairman, the statement said.


Burwick, according to the statement, has served on Boston Beer’s board of directors since 2005.

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Roper had announced last year that he planned to step down “to explore more opportunities,” according to the company. He had led Boston Beer as president and CEO for more than 17 years.

“The search committee unanimously agreed that Dave Burwick has the business experience and skills to lead the company forward and will be a great culture fit, appreciating how unique and special Boston Beer is as an organization,” Koch said in the statement. “We took our time to find the right person with the right intangibles – character, insights, personality and leadership skills.”

Before his stint at Peet’s, Burwick served in leadership roles at Weight Watchers and PepsiCo., according to Boston Beer’s statement. Burwick is expected to assume his new roles sometime during the second quarter of this year, according to the company.

Boston Beer Co., founded in 1984, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SAM.

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