Left Hand Brewing Hires National Chain Sales Manager
Longmont, CO – Another promising year lies ahead for Left Hand Brewing Company, as the Colorado brewery continues to increase production and expand the Left Hand team. With the first quarter coming to a close, Left Hand has increased their staff from 85 to 90, including the hire of new Chain Sales Manager, Thomas Ruprecht. As Left Hand continues to expand production and distribution, Ruprecht will play a key role in assuring sales growth and developing partner relationships.
Formerly with New Planet Brewing (NPB), Thomas Ruprecht comes to Left Hand with intensive national industry experience. During his time with NPB, Ruprecht cultivated their chain sales program, expanding distribution and growing the NPB sales force. Joining the Left Hand team, Ruprecht will take on a similar challenge, capitalizing on chain growth opportunities for the Top 50 craft brewery. Coming off a 32% barrelage increase in 2013 with production of 65K bbls, Left Hand is striving for 30% sales growth in 2014. “As Left Hand expands production capacity and explores new markets, solid chain relationships will be critical in sustaining our success.” comments Ruprecht. “Together with our distributor partners, we’ll be working as a team with chains to identify and maximize opportunity.”
With last week’s successful market launch in Maryland and D.C. under his belt, Ruprecht is hitting the ground running towards his next course of action. “Ultimately, our goal is to get Left Hand to the customer. It’s all about finding where the craft beer drinker is shopping and getting to them as soon as possible with the beers that they are asking for.” concludes Ruprecht.
About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 21 Great American Beer Festival medals, 8 World Beer Cup awards, and 6 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewery is also the first and currently the only craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 26 states. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”