Boujie Baking Company
ARCATA – Cheers are in order for the new owners of Boujie Baking Company: Meredith Maier-Ripley and Ryan Berndt. The bakery produces the Beer Kissed product line infused with craft beer favorites including brews produced by McKinleyville’s Six Rivers Brewery, where Maier-Ripley is co-owner with Talia Nachshon.
Maier-Ripley met the bakery’s former owner and founder, Cassie Forrington, through Humboldt Made, where the two connected over their affinity for food and craft beer pairings.
“Everyone loves Cassie’s products, Maier-Ripley said. “In the past two years, sales grew from 30 stores to over 400 locations in 33 states. There are 450 breweries and taprooms just in California. Expansion opportunities are huge, especially with Ryan’s connections in the Midwest.”
Berndt is based in Chicago and will head up operations in the Midwest territory. He will be working closely with the distributor there to manage the relationships with their accounts.
“I am very excited to purchase Beer Kissed by Boujie with Meredith, said Berndt. “We’ve worked together in various capacities for six years. First order of business is putting a national distributor in place to grow our consumers nationwide.
The business’ sale was not an easy decision for Forrington, but health issues forced her hand.
“A year ago I developed endometriosis, a very painful disease,” Forrington said. “Between the disease itself and the nasty side effects of the treatment I’ve been trying, running a young, quickly growing company is just not something I can do right now. I couldn’t ask for a better buyer than Meredith. She’s done wonderful things with Six Rivers and is a crucial part of the Humboldt Made community. I’m excited to see what she and Ryan do with Beer Kissed.”
For now, Forrington is focusing on her health and planning her wedding. Future plans include doing business consulting to share her knowledge of branding and marketing.
Maier-Ripley will continue as Six River’s brewhouse and beer sales coordinator while Nachshon will continue to oversee the restaurant and catering. They bought the brewery together in 2004.
“For the second year in a row we are seeing double-digit growth due to Talia’s hard work in the restaurant and our wholesale distribution expanding, Maier-Ripley said. “We have maxed out our current brewing equipment.” An expansion of eight new tanks is planned for this spring.
To learn more about Beer Kissed by Boujie, visit beerkissed.com.