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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 22, 2022


The Boston Beer Company, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)






(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)




One Design Center Place, Suite 850,

Boston, MA



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (617) 368-5000

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange on which registered

Class A Common Stock





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Item 5.02.  Departure of Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


As reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (the “Company”) on February 15, 2022, the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Company’s Board of Directors, at its meeting on February 9, 2022, approved fiscal year 2022 cash bonus opportunity parameters (the “2022 Cash Bonus Plan”) for the Company’s executive officers, including the Company’s “named executive officers” or “NEOs.” These parameters included: (1) company-wide goals for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 (the “2022 Company Goals”); (2) the 2022 bonus target for certain executive officers, including the Company’s NEOs, as a percentage of their base salary (the “2022 Bonus Targets”); and (3) a bonus funding scale (the “2022 Bonus Scale”) ranging from 0% to 250% for determining bonus payouts as a percentage of each executive officer’s respective 2022 Bonus Target, based on the Committee’s determination of the Company’s achievement of the 2022 Company Goals. The 2022 Company Goals consist of achieving: (1) certain depletions targets over 2021, which are weighted as 60% of the goals; (2) certain earnings before interest and taxes (“EBIT”) targets, which are weighted as 20% of the goals; and (3) the generation of certain resource efficiency (cost savings) targets, which are weighted as 20% of the goals.


The Committee recently undertook a review of the 2022 Cash Bonus Plan and determined that most of the parameters established in February 2022, including the 2022 Bonus Targets, the 0% to 250% bonus funding range, the depletions, EBIT, and resource efficiency performance components to be measured as 2022 Company Goals, and the relative weightings of such components, remained appropriate. However, the Committee also recognized a disconnect between the performance metrics associated with the mid-range of the 2022 Bonus Scale based on the 2022 Company Goals, as approved at its February 9, 2022 meeting, and the Company’s current full-year 2022 outlook and financial plan. The Committee considered this discrepancy and determined that adjustments to the specific performance target metrics underlying the 2022 Bonus Scale would be appropriate to maintain the retention and performance objectives of the 2022 Cash Bonus Plan for certain executive officers.  Accordingly, on July 22, 2022, the Committee approved a revised 2022 Bonus Scale (the “Revised Bonus Scale”) to align it more closely with the current 2022 Company Goals.


The Revised Bonus Scale will be used in the Committee’s determination of 2022 cash bonus payouts for the Company’s NEOs and other executive officers other than David A. Burwick, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, C. James Koch, the Company’s Chairman, and Samuel A. Calagione, III, the Founder and Brewer of Dogfish Head Brewery. The 2022 Bonus Scale as approved on February 9, 2022 will continue to be used in the Committee’s determination of 2022 cash bonus payouts for Mr. Burwick, Mr. Koch, and Mr. Calagione, each of whom is also serving as a Class B Director.


As reported in the Company’s Form 8-K filed on February 15, 2022, the 2022 bonus payout of each NEO will be determined by the Compensation Committee before March 1, 2023, using the same three-step process that was used to determine prior year bonuses.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.




The Boston Beer Company, Inc.





Date: July 28, 2022



/s/ David A. Burwick




Name: David A. Burwick




Title: President & Chief Executive Officer