David Edgar now representing several brewing industry suppliers. (Weekly Specialty Beer Report).
Through Rastal German glassware, Edgar brings the prestige of logoed specialty beer glasses to the U.S. beer market Chrisdec Enterprises, the U.S. agent for Rastal, selected Edgar to help U.S. brewers and importers grow their brands (and gift shop offerings) using better glassware. Edgar said that Rastal glass will help many beers in the American market achieve a level of status that European brands enjoy in their home countries, which is, often equal to fine wines. Chrisdec Enterprises, led by Al Laninga, is a subsidiary of Chrislan Ceramics, producer of all the ceramic tap handles sold in North America.
Edgar also now sells hops for Hopunion CBS, LLC, servicing craft brewers large and small. Hopunion used to be a large, international hop company. Today's Hopunion Craft Brewing Sales LLC is a small, grower-owned company led by hop industry veteran Ralph Olson. Edgar said Hopunion's smaller size now allows it to provide personal service and ensure better quality hops.
"I am thrilled to have David on board as part of the Hopunion team," said Hopunion's Ralph Olson. "His unique knowledge of the brewing industry plus his contacts at literally hundreds of breweries combine to add tremendous value for Hopunion."
Edgar reported that he now also offers lab equipment from 1-CUBE s.r.o., an established Czech company new to the U.S. market. 1-CUBE is known throughout Europe for its precision analog and digital CO2 meters, among other devices.
"1-CUBE also produces a Beer Analyzer capable of measuring twelve different parameters in beer including alcohol, real extract, apparent extract, original extract and density," Edgar said. "1-CUBE analyzers are well known by brewers in the Czech Republic and throughout Europe for reliability, durability and accuracy."
Mr. Edgar reported that he has been involved in the brewing industry since 1987. "My new company, Mountain West Brewery Supply, Inc., is a manufacturer's representative for suppliers to the brewing industry, now including Chrisdec Enterprises (Rastal), Hopunion CBS, Loeffler Chemicals and I-CUBE," he said. "I am privileged to be affiliated with the quality products-and great people--of Chrisdec/Rastal, Hopunion, Loeffier and I-CUBE. I have always enjoyed helping brewers. Now I can help them obtain the best quality possible in specialty glassware, hops, cleaning chemicals, and laboratory equipment"
In recognition for his service with the IBS, Edgar received the Brewers' Association of America's F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award in 2001, and was recognized for editorial writing by the North American Guild of Beer Writers in 1999. For information on his new business, contact David Edgar directly at tel: (303) 402-9158.