Labatt USA launches search for brewmaster to lead first Labatt pilot brewery in U.S.

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Brewmaster will manage innovation and brewing operations for new Pilot Brewery

(Buffalo, NY) – Labatt USA announced it will begin a national search for a Brewmaster to lead its first pilot brewery in the U.S. The new brewery, which will open in Buffalo, N.Y. later this year, will focus on innovation for Labatt. The brewery will be located at 79 Perry, a mixed-use building that is currently under redevelopment by Pegula Sports and Entertainment.

“Establishing a Buffalo-based brewery will create a new era for the brand, and the new Brewmaster will be at the forefront,” said Mike Mueller, head brewmaster for Labatt USA’s parent company, North American Breweries. “The right brewer is not only passionate about brewing great beer, but has the experience and knowledge of the science behind it.”

The pilot brewery will serve as an experimental brewery where the Labatt Brewmaster can develop new beer styles. Customers will have the opportunity to taste, experience and give feedback on the beers, influencing what styles Labatt may roll out more broadly throughout its distribution footprint.

The Brewmaster will oversee brewing operations in the pilot brewery, including raw material selection, recipe formulation, production and quality assurance. Candidates for the position must have a minimum of 10 years of brewing experience and are required to have completed courses from an accredited brewing science school or possess equivalent experience. The position will be based in Buffalo, N.Y. and will report into North American Breweries’ head Brewmaster in Rochester, N.Y. Click here to apply.

About The John Labatt Project
The John Labatt Project, or the Labatt USA Pilot Brewery, is the main attraction at 79 Perry. The more than 70,000-square-foot building, constructed in 1919 as a manufacturing plant, is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use facility that includes retail, commercial and residential space. The facility will celebrate the rich heritage of Labatt Beer and the city of Buffalo, and serve as an innovative beer and brewing destination. Visitors will be able to experience the brewing process inside of the pilot brewery and help Labatt explore new beer styles.

The Labatt USA Pilot Brewery is set to open in fall 2018.

About Labatt USA
Proudly headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Labatt USA has imported Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light from Canada since 1951. Today, Labatt Blue is America’s top-selling Canadian beer. With a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste, Labatt Blue has become the premier Canadian pilsener in the Great Lakes region and expansion markets across the United States.

First brewed in Canada in 1847, Labatt continues to carry on the tradition and heritage of the great outdoors.

About North American Breweries
North American Breweries, headquartered in Rochester, New York is among the top 10 brewers in the United States. Following a triple bottom line business strategy, NAB prioritizes people, planet and profits to drive business results, reduce social and environmental footprints and engage stakeholders.

NAB’s portfolio includes: The Genesee Brewing Company in Rochester, New York; The Magic Hat Brewing Company in Burlington, VT; Portland Brewing Company in Portland, OR; Pyramid Brewing in Seattle, WA; and Seagram’s Escapes. The breweries each have an alehouse focused on delivering a customer experience around the beer.

NAB also owns exclusive rights to import and market the Labatt family of brands and the Imperial brand of beer in the U.S. Labatt USA is headquartered in Buffalo, New York. Along with its own brands, NAB contract brews beer and other alcoholic beverages on behalf of other companies. For more information, please visit


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  1. Sounds great . As a beer drinker who grew up in Buffalo, but had to go to the other side of the Niagara in order to buy cheap Labatts , this is a great Idea. I only wish that I now lived closer to Buffalo.

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