Great Lakes Brewing Co. Names Steven Pauwels as COO

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    CLEVELAND – March 24, 2022 – Great Lakes® Brewing Company (GLBC) is pleased to announce that Steven Pauwels has joined the GLBC team as Chief Operations Officer.

    During his 22 years at Boulevard Brewing Company (Missouri), Pauwels has overseen all aspects of brewing, packaging, and quality control as the regional craft brewer’s sales have more than quadrupled. Pauwels is also responsible for more than a dozen additions to Boulevard’s brand lineup, including the critically acclaimed Smokestack Series line of artisanal beers and Quirk Hard Seltzers.

    Pauwels grew up steeped in the brewing industry. His first stint in the business came with summer work at his hometown brewery, Eeklo’s Brouwerij Krüger, where his father was employed. After receiving degrees in Biochemical Engineering from KaHo Sint-Lieven and in Business Administration from Mercator, both in Ghent, Belgium, he held positions at the Domus brewpub in Louvain and at RIVA brewery in Dentergem.

    Pauwels has been a beer judge at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), at the World Beer Cup® since 2006, and at several other international competitions. Pauwels has presented several technical talks at the Craft Brewers Conference and Master Brewers of America meetings. The acclaimed brewmaster has received international recognition for his work, including multiple medals at the World Beer Cup and GABF. Pauwels won the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing in 2021.

    Pauwels joins the storied regional craft brewery at a pivotal time, as GLBC heads into its 34th year celebrating unprecedented growth resulting from recent brand innovations like Crushworthy Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat, TropiCoastal Tropical IPA, Imperial IPA Series, and its first foray into beyond beer with Agave Twist Ranch Water Hard Seltzer (Black Cherry, Lemon Lime, Blackberry, and Pineapple).

    About Great Lakes® Brewing Co.: Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC) is Ohio’s original craft brewery, founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway in Cleveland, Ohio. Independent and employee-owned, GLBC serves 14 states and Washington, D.C. with its award-winning portfolio of fresh, flavorful, and innovative craft beers including Dortmunder Gold® Lager, Hazecraft® IPA, Crushworthy® Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat, and a robust selection of seasonal and limited release offerings. Learn more at

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  2. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,037) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Seems like a solid pick. Good pedigree that seems to fit GLBC. Definitely miss some of their beers
  3. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,386) Nov 1, 2001 Florida

    I have really missed their beers since I moved to Florida.
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  4. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (664) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Hopefully they can expand their distribution footprint to New England. I’d buy their beers often. Eddie Fitz Porter & Dortmunder Lager would be a staple in my fridge.
  5. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,735) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    It's been years since I've had any and still remember them.
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  6. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (659) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Congratulations... now please make more Blackout
  7. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (521) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Good to see the love from above and a great addition to GLBC. I've always been a fan as they were one of the first locals I was introduced to in the early 90's.
    Their core line up I've had so much over the years that I primarily buy their seasonal (minus Xmas Ale :nauseated_face:) and quarterly Imp IPA series.
    But the core lineup is no slouch Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitzgerald, Elliot Ness & Burning River are all solid.
    So glad they started the Imp IPA series as the Commodore Perry and the Great Lakes IPA are decent but rarely had me seeking them out, my seasonal faves are still what I return for...Blackout Stout, Chillwave, Dank Demon, Lake Erie Monster, Tidal Fury & Conway's Irish Ale.
    They had some retired beers that I'd love to see back on the street as seasonals like Big Black Smoke, Rye of the Tiger and Glockenspiel Weizenbock.
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  8. AlfromPA

    AlfromPA Initiate (44) Dec 9, 2021 Pennsylvania

    Great Lakes's variety pack (with Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald) was about the best around in terms of quality. Haven't seen one here in the Philly area in a while. I have seen an innovative ale or two, but I've passed on it...
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  9. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,735) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    During my working career I traveled a good bit and when in an area where Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness were sold made an effort to get them.