Beer Buzz – CEO Steps Down At Ninkasi, Progress At Russian River’s New Brewery And More!

Cheryl Collins

The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s some more of what’s been happening in the beer world, while you were drinking yourself through the weekend.

Big Changes At Ninkasi (Eugene, OR) – Cheryl Collins, announced on Friday that would stepping down as CEO at Ninkasi Brewing and leaving the company effective June 18th.

Collins, who joined the company in 2012, began her career at the brewery as VP of organizational development, later moving to the role of chief people officer, chief operational officer, and finally, CEO a position she assumed in March 2017.

During Collins’ time at Ninkasi, she was key in leading improvement methodologies and safety initiatives. And as CEO, Collins’ continued to position Ninkasi as one of the nation’s top 50 craft breweries and led a company-wide initiative to launch Ninkasi in cans for the first time.

Ninkasi Co-founder and President, Nikos Ridge, will return as CEO, directly managing day-to-day operations of the company moving forward.

Words To Drink By (Eugene, OR) “It’s been an honor and privilege to have served the Ninkasi team and I’m incredibly proud of what we accomplished during my tenure as CEO…I have the utmost confidence that the leadership team will serve the company well.” Cheryl Collins

Russian River’s New Brewery Moves Closer To Opening (Santa Rosa, CA) –  Russian River’s Natalie Cilurzo shared via her most recent blog post, that construction on their long-planned new brewery, which is projected to provide more than 120 jobs, was on schedule for a fall opening.

Expected to become one of California’s premier beer tourist destinations, the new Windsor facility will be considerably larger than Russian River’s current home in Santa Rosa, with ample room for around 175 beer lovers and outside seating as well.

Russian River’s new state-of-the-art compound will include a production facility and brewpub, a tasting room and a swag shop. There’s also going to be an elevated walkway for those “elevated” patrons taking brewery tours that follows the brewing process from the mash to the glass.

Once completed Russian River’s new production facility will enable the brewery to more than double its overall production and happily that just means more Pliny the Younger for everybody.

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