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

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): January 24, 2019

The Boston Beer Company, Inc.


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other

jurisdiction of incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. 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

Not Applicable

Former name or former address, if changed since last report

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8.01 - Other Events.


The Boston Beer Company notes with sadness the passing last Thursday of Director Gregg A. Tanner. He had been a member of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee since May 2007, chair of our Audit Committee since May 2013, a member of our Compensation Committee since May 2017, and a member of our Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2018.


The Company issued a press release regarding the passing of Mr. Tanner on January 28, 2019, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.


Director Michael Spillane has been appointed to the Company's Audit Committee on an interim basis to fill the vacancy arising out of Mr. Tanner's passing.  As part of our standard succession planning procedures, the Board is in the process of searching for a Director to permanently fill the vacant position on the Board and its committees. Committee assignments to take effect immediately following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on May 16, 2019, will be determined by the Nominating/Governance Committee at that time.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit Index


Exhibit No.








Press Release of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. dated January 28, 2019



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.






January 28, 2019




/s/ David A. Burwick










Name: David A. Burwick





Title: President and Chief Executive Officer