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“We miss him on the farm,” says Manor Hill Head Brewer Kurt Kroll about Jason Gotcher one cloudy morning. “Sometimes,” Kroll wryly adds. Gotcher served as Manor Hill Brewing’s Director of Operations from 2014 to 2019, which included planning and building out the physical space of the farm brewery, but recently l ...

Craft Coalition and Free State Serve Up Maryland’s Freshest

“We miss him on the farm,” says Manor Hill Head Brewer Kurt Kroll about Jason Gotcher one cloudy morning. “Sometimes,” Kroll wryly adds.

Gotcher served as Manor Hill Brewing’s Director of Operations from 2014 to 2019, which included planning and building out the physical space of the farm brewery, but recently left this position to work full time for The Craft Coalition, a sales and marketing company he founded in 2017. The Craft Coalition is focused on bringing the freshest possible Maryland beer to consumers in that state and the District of Columbia. 

Jason Gotcher, founder of The Craft Coalition
Jason Gotcher, founder of The Craft Coalition

When Gotcher started at Manor Hill there were 40 independent breweries in Maryland, per the Brewers’ Association. As of 2018, that number more than doubled, to 94, and there are now over 100. Gotcher saw an opening; many of the smaller breweries lacked sales and marketing teams, and that’s where The Craft Coalition comes in. “Our mission is to provide breweries with many of the key

Source: DC Beer

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