Brewers Association Board of Directors Begins 2020 Term

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Board expands, adds two at-large members, new taproom class

Boulder, Colo. • February 19, 2020 — The Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — announced its 2020 board of directors, adding six new representatives to the recently expanded 21-person board.

A taproom membership class and two at-large board positions were added to increase representation and participation from the Brewers Association’s growing and diverse membership.

“As the craft brewing community has evolved to now more than 8,000 breweries, running the gamut from regional craft brewers to two-barrel taprooms and everything in between, it is critical that the diversity of our growing membership continue to be represented and have a voice,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “Updating the board structure and creating a new taproom class and two additional seats provides an opportunity for increased representation from some of our smallest taproom, packaging, and brewpub members, while helping to ensure that institutional experience and knowledge is passed on.”

Melissa Romano, owner, Lake Anne Brew House (Reston, Va.) is the first representative elected to the newly created taproom class. New board members Sara Nelson, co-founder/owner, Fremont Brewing (Seattle, Wash.) and Jason Perkins, brewmaster and vice president of brewing operations, Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, Maine) were elected as packaging brewery representatives. Jennifer Talley, co-owner and brewmaster, 1849 Brewing Co. (Grass Valley, Calif.) and incumbent Sean Casey, president, Church Brew Works, (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were elected as brewpub representatives. Board member Roxanne Westendorf was re-appointed by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) governing committee to fill the second of two AHA board seats. The incoming directors will each serve a three-year term.

Fred Matt, president, Saranac Brewery/Matt Brewing Company (Utica, N.Y.), and Peter Skrbek, director of finance, Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Ore.), were appointed by the Brewers Association board of directors to fill the two new at-large representatives and will each serve a two-year term.

Led by new chair Dan Kleban, co-founder, Maine Beer Company (Freeport, Maine), the board of directors guides the strategic direction of the association.

 “I’d like to thank outgoing board members John Mallett (Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, Mich.), Cyrena Nouzille, (Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills, Calif.), Rob Tod (Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine), and Eric Wallace, (Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.), for their years of leadership, dedication, and service. They step down leaving the association in a great position,” said Kleban. “It is an honor to lead the Brewers Association board, and I look forward to serving with my distinguished fellow board members.  We recognize that our industry continues to change, and the board is committed to representing and providing resources to all of the Brewers Association’s diverse members whatever their size, age, or business model.”

The 2020 Brewers Association Board of Directors is made up of the following members:

(*indicates new to board in 2020)

Executive Committee

  • Chair – Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Company, Freeport, Maine
  • Vice Chair – Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co., Kihei, Hawaii
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Larry Chase, Bricktowne Brewing, Medford, Ore.   
  • Past Chair – Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Brewers Association President & CEO – Bob Pease

Packaging Brewery Representative Board Members

  • Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Kiln, Miss.
  • Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Company, Freeport, Maine
  • Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co., Kihei, Hawaii
  • *Sara Nelson, Fremont Brewing Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
  • *Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Co, Portland, Maine

Brewpub Representative Board Members

  • Tim Brady, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, Brattleboro, Vt.
  • Sean Casey, Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Leah Cheston, Right Proper Brewing Co., Washington, D.C.
  • *Jennifer Talley, 1849 Brewing Co, Grass Valley, Calif.
  • Julie Verratti, Denizens Brewing Co., Silver Springs, Md.

Tap Room Representative Board Members

  • *Melissa Romano, Lake Ann Brewhouse, Reston Va.

At-Large Board Members

  • Kevin Blodger, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore, Md.
  • Larry Chase, Bricktowne Brewing, Medford, Ore.
  • Larry Horwitz, Ten20 Butchertown Beer Exchange, Louisville, Ky.
  • Jose Mallea, Biscayne Bay Brewing Co., Miami, Fla.
  • *Fred Matt, Saranac Brewery/Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY
  • *Peter Skrbek, Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

American Homebrewers Association Representative Board Members

  • Jill Marilley, Everett, Wash.
  • Roxanne Westendorf, Cincinnati, Ohio

Committee Chairs

  • AHA Governing –Roxanne Westendorf
  • Brewpub – Tim Brady
  • Diversity – Kevin Blodger
  • Events – Leslie Henderson
  • Executive – Dan Kleban
  • Finance – Larry Chase
  • Governance –Wynne Odell
  • Government Affairs – Garrett Marrero
  • Market Development – Fred Matt
  • Public Relations & Marketing – Steve Hindy
  • Taproom – Melissa Romano
  • Technical— Larry Horwitz, Jason Perkins

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,400-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition, and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.