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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 10, 2023



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, Massachusetts



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)


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



(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. $0.01 par value




The New York Stock Exchange

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

On August 10, 2023, John C. Geist informed the Company that he intends to retire from his role as Chief Sales Officer in 2024. Mr. Geist joined the Company in 1997 from a large alcohol beverage distributor where he had been a sales manager. He was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2007 and then Chief Sales Officer in 2016. Mr. Geist intends to remain in his role as Chief Sales Officer through December 31, 2023, at which point he will transition to a senior adviser role until he fully retires at a yet-to-be determined date in 2024.


On August 15, 2023, the Company announced that it intends to appoint Senior Sales Director Michael J. Crowley, 54, as Chief Sales Officer effective January 1, 2024. Mr. Crowley and Mr. Geist will commence working together on the transition starting in September 2023.


Mr. Crowley has been with Boston Beer since 1996. Most recently, he has served in the role of Atlantic Division Senior Sales Director since 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Senior National Account Manager from 2011 to 2014 and as Regional Sales Manager (New York and New Jersey) from 1997 to 2011.

Item 8.01 Other Events.

On August 11, 2023, the Company entered into a 10b5-1 plan to repurchase up to $30 million of the Company’s Class A Common Stock during the period commencing October 2, 2023 and ending December 29, 2023.


On August 14, 2023, Chief People Officer Carolyn O’Boyle entered into an individual 10b5-1 plan for trading in shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock. The maximum number of shares that may be sold pursuant to this 10b5-1 plan is 611 shares. The purpose of this 10b5-1 plan is to provide liquidity and investment diversification. Once executed, transactions under this 10b5-1 plan will be disclosed publicly through Form 4 and/or Form 144 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to the extent applicable.



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 hereunto duly authorized.




The Boston Beer Company, Inc.






August 15, 2023


/s/ David A. Burwick




Name: David A. Burwick
Title: President & Chief Executive Officer