The happiest CEO in America might just be Jim Koch. The founder of the Boston Beer Co., maker of Samuel Adams beers, was in town Wednesday to talk about his career as a pioneer in craft beer. And he is almost a Western New York guy. His father was born in Niagara Falls, and he is related to the Koch's Beer clan of Dunkirk.
Speaking at the annual Delaware North Cos. food and beverage summit, Koch said there is plenty of room for more craft brewers. He saluted our local brewers Flying Bison and Ellicottville Brewing Company, and noted that more than one new brewer opens in America every day.
Koch's joy of making beer and starting a successful company was apparent to all who heard him. Cheers!
- Grove Potter