SWS is increasing its focus on craft beer in Nevada

SWS is increasing its focus on craft beer in Nevada

The Nevada division of Southern Wine and Spirits (SWS) has upped its craft beer focus in the state with two new appointments.

Russell Gardner is taking the role of director of craft beer, while Samuel Merritt has been appointed director of on-premise beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Both will report to the unit's beer & trade development VP, Clyde Burney. 

The group pointed to Las Vegas' "rapidly-growing craft beer industry" as a reason for the expansion.

Merritt, who has been a consultant to SWS, was previously Brooklyn Brewery's brand manager in New York City.

Gardner's previous experience includes working as head Brewer at Las Vegas' Joseph James Brewing Co.

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