New Big Man in Beer

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Thursday, January 25 2007 Jan 25, 2007 Thursday, January 25, 2007 1:24:22 PM CST January 25, 2007 in News
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KANSAS CITY (AP) - The management team that helped put the fizz back in Pabst Blue Ribbon will try to do the same for a small brewer of beer aimed at people who can't consume wheat or barley. Bard's Tale Beer Company is based in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit. Yesterday Brian Kovalchuk was named CEO and Brian Bizer was tapped as CFO. Kovalchuk and Bizer held the same positions at San Antonio-based Pabst Brewing from 2001 to 2005. Kovalchuk oversaw the company's turnaround, slashing debt and bringing the company back to profitability. Bard's Tale makes its beer from sorghum. Unlike wheat, barley and oats, sorghum doesn't contain gluten, a protein that can damage the intestines of people with celiac disease, estimated to affect three million people in the US. The gluten-free beer market gained a big competitor in December when Anheuser-Busch introduced its own sorghum-based beer, Redbridge.

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