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A senior executive at Anheuser-Busch InBev's US division has quit the company to become CEO of San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Co.

Michael Taylor, who had been with Anheuser-Busch since 2004, joined the craft brewer at the end of last month. Green Flash founder Mike Hinkley made way for Taylor but will "continue to play an active role on the leadership team reporting to Taylor and serving on the company's board of managers".

Taylor's last position with Anheuser-Busch was as VP of non-alcohol. He handled the "commercial and business operations" for the Hiball Energy and Alta Palla brands, which the group acquired in July last year. Taylor was also on the board of Craft Brew Alliance, a US craft brewer in which A-B InBev holds a near-32% stake.

Green Flash said: "Taylor will focus on strengthening the Green Flash and Alpine brands, culture and regional footprint, while guiding the long-term strategic growth of the businesses."

Two years ago, Green Flash readied the opening of its second brewery, in Virginia. According to US craft beer website Brewbound, the project, which cost US$20m, resulted in a foreclosure sale to holding company WC IPA earlier this year.

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