Baker Tilly Continues Growth of Craft Brewery Practice

Expanded team focuses on growth strategies and sales channel development

MINNEAPOLIS (August 26, 2015) – Nationally recognized accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has announced the addition of two experienced beverage industry professionals to its growing craft beverage industry group.

Jack McCraine has joined Baker Tilly as a firm director after 25 years in a variety of sales, marketing, consulting and training roles with Anheuser-Busch. Andy LaRose, a 19-year veteran of Anheuser-Busch where he was responsible for the development and execution of sales and marketing strategies, has joined the firm as a senior director. Both McCraine and LaRose will work with craft breweries throughout the country to develop business plans and channel strategies that help them compete in this rapidly growing marketplace.

“As the massive influx of competition enters the craft brewing marketplace, it becomes more critical for breweries to have a solid business plan to rise above the competition in the crowded retail market,” noted Scott Ebert, Baker Tilly partner and leader of the firm’s craft brewery practice. “Jack and Andy’s experience can help brewers get their beer from the tanks to the shelf or tap more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

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