Monday, November 7, 2016

Laurelwood Brewing Co. Welcomes New Director of Brewing Ops

Courtesy of Laurelwood Brewing Co
Portland, OR – Laurelwood Brewing Co. is happy to announce their new Director of Brewing Ops, Ben Dobler. Ben comes to Laurelwood with a plethora of knowledge and excitement to be in this position.

Before coming to Laurelwood Dobler was with Widmer Brothers for about 20 years. In this position he was involved in all aspects of beer from brewing to packaging, sales, and marketing. Previously, Dobler was with Bridgeport Brewing Co. for 2.5 years. This is where he started his career in the brewing industry. He quickly learned the ins and outs of brewing as well as cellar and packaging operations. “I’ve been very lucky to have seen so many evolutions in the beer business.  Craft Brew Alliance opened so many doors and educated me in so many ways I’m still blown away at what I’ve learned,” says Dobler.

With the departure of Laurelwood’s current Brewmaster, Shane Watterson, Ben saw the opportunity for a new challenge.  Laurelwood has a rich history of great Brewmasters who have gone on to do great things in our industry.  “Those are some big shoes I have to fill," says Dobler.  "Laurelwood is a 15-year-old heritage brand that is deeply woven in to the brewing fabric of Oregon. Mike and his team have built a great brand and make great beers.  I look forward to a long and successful future with this brewery.”

The transition from former brewmaster Shane Watterson to Dobler will take place over the next few weeks, until Watterson’s departure to Level Beer around the end of November.

Cheers to Ben Dobler, the new Director of Brewing Ops of Laurelwood Brewing Company!

 About Laurelwood Brewing Co.:

Laurelwood is a family owned brewery that creates one of the most recognized regional craft beers. Owners Mike De Kalb & Cathy Woo-De Kalb are dedicated to sustainable and organic practices, and first began producing certified organic beer in 2001. Laurelwood’s product line is known for its creativity and quality therefore winning many national and international beer awards. Laurelwood’s handcrafted beers can be found on draft and in bottles throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. To find out more about Laurelwood Brewing Company go online at

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