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ANNE-FRANÇOISE PYPAERT will become the Master Brewer at Orval this October.  The current Master Brewer, JEAN-MARIE ROCK, will retire and Pypaert, who has worked at the Trappist brewery for 2O some-odd years in their lab checking production quality, will take his place.  This is the first time a woman will be in charge of brewing at a Trappist monastery. The appointment doesn’t conflict with any of the stringent Trappist requirements that beer be brewed under [...] Read More »


The Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Truman Cox passed away on Saturday, February 9, after a short illness.  Truman joined the company in 2OO4 as Lead Chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery and in 2O11 realized his dream to become a Master Distiller.  A former member of the US Coast Guard, Truman was well known for having a dedication and passion for the [...] Read More »


The American Beverage Licensees (ABL) will present Craig Wolf, President and CEO of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), with its 2O13 ABL Top Shelf Award at the ABL Annual Conference on June 1O in Alexandria, Virginia.  Wolf has been WSWA’s President and CEO since 2OO6.  He was previously WSWA’s General Counsel for seven years.  Prior to joining WSWA, Wolf served as Counsel to the US [...] Read More »


Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing have named Donald Backe of Annapolis, Maryland, as the winner of the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award.  Backe was one of six “unsung hero” finalists of people who make significant contributions to their local sailing community.  Backe created the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) organization whose mission is to inspire and teach the disabled to sail.          [...] Read More »

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