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Jason Wilson

Jason  Wilson '05

CEO, Back Forty Beer Company

award: Young Entrepreneur of the Year
company: Back Forty Beer Company


Wilson, who earned a degree in logistics and supply chain management from the Harbert College of Business, founded Back Forty Beer Company in 2009 and has since led it to five consecutive years of triple-digit revenue growth. Based in Gadsden, Ala., Back Forty Beer Company represents the oldest and largest packaging brewery in the state and employees nine Auburn University alumni on its 19-member staff.

In 2014, the company earned Small Manufacturer of the Year honors from the Business Council of Alabama, the Main Street Alabama Award for Excellence in Business Development, and the United Way Gold Award for Outstanding Community Service.

In building Back Forty Beer Company, Wilson has sought to drive revitalization in his home community of Gadsden and business development throughout the state. 

“He quickly recognized the potential that the craft beer industry represented for the state, and he worked closely with state leaders to help change laws to make the industry possible,” said U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama).

Wilson’s leadership as President of the Alabama Brewer’s Guild has helped pave the way for 28 unique breweries to grow. Partnerships with organizations like Alabama Gulf Seafood speak to his interest in building local, strategic relationships with multiple industry partners.

Back Forty Beer Company’s products have been recognized by such outlets as Conde Nast Traveler magazine (Best Local Breweries in the United States, Garden & Gun (10 New Southern Beers), and Food & Wine (Best Beer in Alabama).

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