Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Maker of Old Potrero Whiskey Is Sold.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Fritz Maytag has sold Anchor Brewing and Anchor Distilling to Keith Greggor, 55, and Tony Foglio, 64. Foglio will be chairman while Greggor will run the operation. Founder Fritz Maytag will remain as Chairman Emeritus.

Through their Griffin Group investment company, Greggor and Foglio have also acquired Preiss Imports. Preiss will be best known to readers here as the current owners of the legendary A. H. Hirsch Bourbon. They are also the U.S. distributors of Springbank Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

Maytag, 72, pioneered the micro-brewery movement when he acquired Anchor Brewing in 1969. He pioneered the micro-distillery movement when he founded Anchor Distilling in 1993 and began to make Old Potrero Rye Whiskey. He was recently named chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Craft Distillers Advisory Council.

2 comments:

Chuck said...

Wow. I went to Fritz' presentation at WhiskeyFest and he didn't mention this! Although, he has certainly earned a respite from the day-to-day work of running a brewery and distillery.

sam k said...

Nice work for a boy raised on washing machines and blue cheese!

Go Fritz, enjoy your retirement!