Finestkind Brewing LLC, the parent company of New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company, has hired Brian Walsh as the company’s new CEO, according to the Boston Globe.
Walsh assumed the role last week, replacing Rich Lindsay, who exited the company in May after about 14 months. Christopher Broom Sr., owner and chairman of the company, had been serving as interim CEO.
Walsh spent nearly five years as president and CEO of Pittsburgh Brewing Co., before leaving that post in March 2018. He was previously president and CEO of Long Trail Brewing Company.
In addition to Walsh, Smuttynose has hired Chris Valade as its next chief operating officer, the outlet reported. Valade, who will join Finestkind in mid-July, last served as director of operations for Lord Hobo Brewing Company in Woburn, Massachusetts. He also worked at Craft Brew Alliance for nearly a decade, last serving as director of operations.
In other Smuttynose news, the company plans to open a “Smuttlabs taproom” by the end of August in the former 7th Settlement Brewery space in Dover, New Hampshire, the Globe reported.