Great Lakes Brewing News Publisher Will Resign After Article’s Backlash

Feb. 16, 2019

Bill Metzger will step down from his role as publisher of Great Lakes Brewing News and co-owner of the Brewing News enterprise. (News file photo)
Bill Metzger will step down from his role as publisher of Great Lakes Brewing News and co-owner of the Brewing News enterprise.

Bill Metzger, the Great Lakes Brewing News publisher/owner whose “satirical” article drew the ire of craft-beer fans around the nation, will resign from his roles at the outlet, Forbes reports.

The resignation announcement comes less than three days after Buffalo-based Metzger, who also owns Gene McCarthy’s and Old First Ward Brewing, wrote a front-page piece entitled “Scottish Hopping to Real Ale” for the February/March issue of the regional industry newsletter, in which the protagonist discusses leveraging sexual contact and using alcohol to seduce women.

In a scathing retort (and later, an update) by beer columnist Robin LeBlanc, author of The Thirsty Wench, Metzger’s misogynistic comments were spotlighted and condemned; LeBlanc’s Feb. 12 post fueled reaction from breweries and beer lovers around the country.
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