Brick Brewing Announces Appointment of Chief Technical Officer

    WATERLOO, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - Brick Brewing Co. Limited (TSX: BRB) today
announced that it has named Russell Tabata as Chief Technical Officer
reporting to George H. Croft, Brick's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Tabata's appointment is effective on May 25, 2009. Reporting directly to
Mr. Tabata will be Bill Henry, Director Brewing, Quality and Logistics and
Robert Richardson, Director Engineering, Maintenance and Packaging. Mr. Tabata
will be responsible and accountable for all operational aspects of the
    Mr. Tabata graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A.
Sc, Mechanical Engineering degree and is a Professional Engineer registered in
Ontario. Most recently, Mr. Tabata held the position of Senior Vice President
Operations/Chief Technical Officer at Lakeport Brewing. Prior to joining
Lakeport Mr. Tabata held progressively senior roles at MolsonCoors including
Director, Reliability and Process Improvement, Director Operations, and
Packaging/Engineering Manager.
    "Russell has over 20 years of progressive experience in all aspects of
the food and beverage business," said Croft. "He has a successful track record
of developing and leading high-performance teams and brings an exemplary
combination of business judgment, professional skills and integrity to the
business. Russell has a proven ability to deliver significant operational
improvements and sustainable results through people, processes and equipment"
added Croft, President and Chief Executive Officer.
    "I am excited to be joining the Brick Brewing team and look forward to
contributing to the significant changes and improvements already underway in
the organization. I am sure that this will be both a challenging and rewarding
period in the history of the brewery and am pleased to have an opportunity to
be a part of it" said Tabata.

    About Brick Brewing

    Brick Brewing Co. Limited is Ontario's largest Canadian-owned and
Canadian-based publicly held brewery. The Company is a regional brewer of
award winning premium quality and value beers. The Company, founded in 1984,
was the first craft brewery to start up in Ontario, and is credited with
pioneering the present day craft brewing renaissance in Canada. Brick has
complemented its Waterloo Dark premium craft beer with other popular brands
such as Laker, Red Cap, Red Baron and Formosa Springs Draft. Brick trades on
the TSX under the symbol BRB. Visit us at

    Forward-Looking Statements

    All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively
relate to historical facts constitute forward-looking statements as of the
date of this press release. Forward-looking statements generally can be
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"expect", "intend", "anticipate", "seek", "plan", "believe" or "continue" or
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Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected
in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not
be placed on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees and
are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which may cause
actual performance and financial results to differ materially from such
forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this
press release are made only at the date of this press release and, except as
required by applicable securities laws, the Corporation does not undertake to
publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information,
future events or otherwise.

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For further information:

For further information: George Croft, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Tel: (519) 576-9519 Ext. 247, E-mail:

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