Pabst Brewing Names Coleman as President

A-B vet brings 23 years of experience to privately held brewer

MILWAUKEE -- Pabst Brewing Co. said that John Coleman, former vice president of sales for the West at Anheuser-Busch, has been hired as president. In this position, Coleman will focus on Pabst's sales and marketing teams and be responsible for solidifying Pabst's relationships with its distributors.

Coleman brings 23 years of experience to Pabst as well as tremendous knowledge of the industry, its customers and distributor relations. Coleman, a longtime A-B veteran, began in a role in the sales department and was responsible for approximately $1.6 billion in revenue when he left.

"We truly believe that John's experience, skills and results-focused approach fit our already existing team, which will continue to drive Pabst to its unique potential," said Evan and Daren Metropoulos, co-owners of Pabst Brewing Co. "We are carefully building an executive team and company culture that shares our own highly entrepreneurial, results-oriented style and the values of our special consumers. John combines extensive industry experience with a fire within to join a smaller company and help it realize its huge potential. We are very excited and look forward to working with him to optimize the potential of our brands both within and outside of the United States."

Said Coleman, "I'm thrilled to be part of the team at Pabst. This is an iconic company, with some incredible brands that have been brewed in America since 1844. We look forward to accelerating the current momentum and returning the entire brand portfolio to its former greatness. With the Metropoulos family's commitment to authenticity, revitalization and innovation, we will continue to position ourselves for long-term success."

In business since 1844, Milwaukee-based Pabst Brewing is North America's largest privately held brewing company. Its portfolio includes brands with deep ties to America's heritage such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Colt 45, Old Style, Lone Star, Stroh's, Ballantine, Old Milwaukee and Rainer. Pabst Brewing is owned by Evan, Daren and C. Dean Metropoulos, who acquired the company in 2010.