BIG ROCK BREWERY INC. ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 - 2:00pm

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2017 — Calgary, Alberta — Big Rock Brewery Inc. (TSX: BR) (“Big Rock” or “the Corporation") today announced that after an extensive search, Mr. Wayne Arsenault has been appointed as President and CEO of Big Rock Brewery effective September 7, 2017.

Mr. Arsenault previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Corey Nutrition Company Inc. (“Corey Nutrition”) from 2015 to the present. Prior to joining Corey Nutrition, Mr. Arsenault held several Vice President roles with Moosehead Breweries Limited from 2009 to 2015, including Operations, Human Resources and Communications. Mr. Arsenault previously held management roles at Molson Coors Brewing Company, The Coca-Cola Company and McCain Foods Limited.

“I'm excited to be joining Big Rock. Big Rock Brewery is a pioneer of the Canadian craft brewing movement with a history of creating great beer and ciders. I look forward to joining Big Rock and continuing the tradition of delighting our consumers with innovations,” said Mr. Arsenault.

Chairman of the Board, John Hartley commented, “On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to welcome Wayne to Big Rock. Wayne is a proven CEO with 20 years’ experience in the beer and branded beverage industry and a track record of delivering growth and operational excellence. We are excited to have an executive with his vision and experience joining our team.”

In addition, the board of directors also thanks Barbara Feit, Interim CEO, for leading Big Rock through this transition period. Ms. Feit will continue as Interim CEO until Wayne’s arrival and will continue as CFO thereafter. 

“Barb has done an excellent job steering Big Rock through this transition in an ever-changing environment, and we are grateful for her leadership.” said Mr. Hartley. 

About Big Rock Brewery Inc.

In 1985, Ed McNally founded Big Rock to buck the time’s beer trends. Three bold, European-inspired offerings – Bitter, Porter and Traditional Ale – forged an industry at a time heavy on easy drinking lagers and light on flavour. Today, our ten signature beers, ongoing seasonal offerings, four ciders (Rock Creek Cider® series) and custom-crafted private label products keep us at the forefront of the craft beer revolution, still proudly bucking the time’s beer trends. Big Rock brews in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario.

For more information on Big Rock Brewery visit www.bigrockbeer.com

For further information, please contact: Susanne Fox, Communications Manager

Phone:              (403) 203-3745             

Email:               sfox@bigrockbeer.com