|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!
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