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(Sacramento, Calif) – The California Restaurant Association (CRA) announced Tuesday the induction of Chris Cramer as the CRA Chairman of the Board, succeeding Past Chairman Bruce Dean. Cramer is the first craft brewer to ever head the CRA state board. Hailed as an innovator who helped bring craft beer to San Diego, Cramer has been a leader in the industry for more than 26 years.
“Our industry is facing more and more challenges every year, so Chris’s strong leadership will be invaluable in the coming months,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “His love for the industry, paired with his innovative and engaging spirt, is exactly the type of leadership qualities this industry needs.”
Cramer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Karl Strauss Brewing Company which opened in 1989 – the first new brewery to open in the City of San Diego in more than 50 years. Cousin of the company’s namesake, Cramer and his co-founder Matt Rattner helped pave the way for the robust craft beer scene in San Diego and across the country.
Cramer recruited his cousin, Karl Strauss (trained as an award-winning brewer at Weihenstephan, the world’s top brewing school in Munich, Germany) to implement best-in-industry practices and train their brewers. The company now embodies the appreciation of enjoying the everyday, complete with craft beer.
“I am honored to represent the restaurant industry of California, made up of more than 90,000 eating and drinking establishments,” Cramer said. “We are the second largest employer in California and account for 72 billion dollars in sales revenue each year. It is imperative that we maintain the health of this powerhouse for our economy.”
Cramer received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Cramer will be a featured speaker at the first annual California Craft Beer Summit in Sacramento on September 11th & 12th.
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Mosaic Session Ale, Big Barrel IIPA, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. Over the past five years Karl Strauss has won 76 medals in major beer competitions, and our signature Red Trolley Ale has become one of the world’s most-awarded beers having won 18 major medals including repeat gold medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. With sole distribution in just one state (California), Karl Strauss is currently ranked #45 by production volume on the Brewers Association’s list of the country’s more than 3,400 craft breweries. For more information visit www.karlstrauss.com
About the California Restaurant Association: The California Restaurant Association provides ultimate access to the resources and support restaurant professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that ring up more than $72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy.
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