For the fourth year in a row, our wholesalers ranked us the number one beer supplier in the industry, in the annual poll of beer wholesalers conducted by Tamarron Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in the alcoholic beverage distribution industry. Our wholesalers ranked us first in all but two of more than a dozen categories that Tamarron uses to evaluate performance. This is an important testament to all the efforts by all The Boston Beer Company employees who service and support our wholesalers' business and to the relationships we have built with our wholesalers.

I am proud that we continue to be a leader in the craft industry in both innovation and variety as well. During the quarter, we introduced several exciting new beers including Porch Rocker, small batch brews Samuel Adams Verloren and Samuel Adams Norse Legend, and our Hopology, a unique twelve pack of six distinctly different IPA styles.

As we enter the third quarter, we are updating the packaging for all Sam Adams styles and have introduced the next evolution of our brand communication which builds on our previous messaging. We remain confident about the long term prospect for the craft category and our Samuel Adams brand.

I will now pass over to Martin for a more detailed overview of our business.

Martin Roper

Thank you Jim. Good afternoon everyone. As we state in our earnings release, some of the information we discuss in the release and that may come up on this call reflect the company’s or management’s expectations or predictions of the future. Such predictions and the like are forward-looking statements.

It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the company’s most recent 10-K. You should also be advised that the company does not undertake to publicly update the forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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