Brewers Association (BA) Director, Paul Gatza, announced the winning candidates of the recent Board of Directors election, on the Association’s Forum today. Each member's new term will start at the first board meeting of the year scheduled for February 2012.
Elected Board members include:
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Packaging)
When Sam Calagione opened Dogfish Head in 1995 it was the smallest commercial brewery in America making 10 gallons of beer at a time. Today Dogfish Head is among the fastest growing breweries in the country. Dogfish Head has focused on brewing stronger, more exotic beers since the day it opened as the motto "Off-centered ales for off-centered people" attests to. Dogfish Head has grown into a 180-person company with a restaurant/brewery/distillery in Rehoboth Beach and a production brewery in Milton, Delaware, selling beer in 27 states. Sam was a finalist in 2011 for a James Beard Foundation Award in the Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional category. Fast Company Magazine named Sam one of 100 most creative people in business. He is the author of "Brewing up a Business" and "Extreme Brewing," and co-authored "He Said Beer, She Said Wine," and is the host of the Discovery Channel series, Brew Masters. He lives in beautiful Lewes Delaware with his wife and Dogfish VP Mariah and their two children Sammy and Grier.
Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Packaging)
As told by Ken Grossman: I first learned about beer as a teenager. The father of one of my childhood friends was a homebrewer and a beer enthusiast. I vividly remember going over to their house and smelling the fermenting beer and seeing these glass jugs filled with beer and wine and all sorts of other experiments. It was then that I first fell in love with the alchemy of beer and brewing. This was the early 1970s-all these years later, and I guess I'm still in love.
I moved from Southern California to Chico in 1973 and I didn't really have a plan. I knew that I was interested in beer-but then again- I was interested in a lot of things. I was homebrewing more and more, and by 1976 started The Home Brew Shop. After visiting Fritz Maytag at Anchor Brewing, and Jack McAuliffe's tiny New Albion brewery, it occurred to me that maybe it wouldn't be impossible to start something of my own, and I began building what would become Sierra Nevada.
My original brewhouse was built from recycled stainless steel and used dairy equipment. Our first batch of beer was a stout, which rolled out of my hand-built brewery on November 15, 1980. At the time, I thought it would be impossible to ever brew more than 50,000 barrels. By the end of 1987, we were already at 10,000 barrels per year and it became clear that this little brewery might be able to last.
Today we're at nearly 800,000 barrels and I still find that number hard to believe. We're expanding at a good, healthy, rate and it seems like people are still interested in drinking our beer. Coming from our rag-tag roots, it's amazing to me to look back and see where we've come from. Sierra Nevada now employs over 500 people and we're a respectable and respected member of our community. I have now been making beer professionally for more than half my life and I don't see any signs of slowing. Brewing is a little less like alchemy to me than it was when I was younger, but somehow, no less exciting.
Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Brewpub)
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Mark worked in the pharmaceutical production for 10 years.
In 1989, he became and avid homebrewer along with his future partner, Kevin Finn. In 1991, they attended their first Great American Beer Festival at the Denver Merchandise Mart.
In 1993, Mark attended his first IBS Conference in New Orleans.
In 1995, Mark joined with partner Kevin Finn and local restaurateur Kevin Davies to form the C & D Brewing Company.
In December 1995, Mark attended the Siebel Institute's Short Course in Brewing Technology.
In November 1996, he opened the first Iron Hill Brewery Restaurant in Newark, DE. Mark served as Head Brewer among many other roles.
In subsequent years he opened eight additional locations.
The next Iron Hill is scheduled to open in Philadelphia in December 2011.
Currently Mark is in charge of Brewery Operations for the company with almost 800 employees, as well as Facilities Management and New Location Construction.
Iron Hill has won a medal at every GABF Iron Hill has attended for the last 15 years, with a total of 34 medals.
In 2005 Iron Hill won Large Brewpub of the Year and Brewmaster of the Year for Large Brewpub.
Mark is currently 47 and lives in Landenberg, PA with his wife Maureen, a Pediatric Oncologist at DuPont Hospital for Children, and their five children Ryan (14), Genevieve (12), Mary Kate (11), Maggie (10) and Angela (5). The family also has three dogs.
John Pinkerton of Moon River Brewing Company (Brewpub)
John M. Pinkerton, Jr. has established a career characterized by leadership and service to the craft-brewing industry. A longtime member of the Brewers Association, he has served on the BA's Technical Committee, and currently sits on the Board of Directors. After being elected to the board in 2009, Pinkerton was appointed as the Chair of the Brewpub Committee. His record as an advocate for men and women working in the brewing trade can be traced to 1996 when Pinkerton was a founding Steering Committee member of the Rubber Boots Society (a guild for brewers in the mid-Atlantic). He also helped found the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild in 2010, and currently serves as its President.
Because of his reputation for tireless support of the industry and his fellow brewers, Pinkerton is frequently called upon to serve as a judge for regional and national competitions, as well as promoting the craft-brewing industry by volunteering his expertise to help organize annual beer festivals and competitions.
Pinkerton is the brewmaster and owner of the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia. For over seventeen years he has worked in every aspect of operations in both brewpubs and regional-scale production breweries. Pinkerton graduated from Radford University in 1991, completed the Diploma Course at the Siebel Institute in 1996, and attended the Alltech Alcohol School in 2002. He has previously published and lectured on such topics as Centrifugal Separation, Packaging Sanitation, Wort Boiling Technology and The Role of Calcium throughout the Brewing Process.