Paul Gatza

Paul Gatza is the director of the Brewers Association (BA), a not-for-profit trade association whose purpose is to promote and protect American craft brewers and American craft beer and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Paul is a member of the association’s Brewpubs, Technical, Communications, Market Development, PR & Marketing and Government Affairs Committees. Paul’s origin in the beer community started when he took up homebrewing in 1990. He worked on the bottling line at Boulder Beer and would sneak over to the brewhouse when opportunity allowed. He owned a pair of homebrew supply shops in Boulder and Longmont, Colorado from 1994 to 1998. He served as director of the American Homebrewers Association for 7 years and is in his 17th year as Brewers Association director. Paul is ranked as a National Beer Judge by the Beer Judge Certification Program. Paul is also a former judge director of both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, before moving to the judge panels for these elite competitions.

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California BPA Update December 5, 2017

If you currently or plan to sell beer in California, it is highly recommended that you register your beers on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) site before December 30, 2017. On …More

Important Notice for Brewers Who Sell Beer in California: BPA Notification Unresolved

California voters in 1986 passed the initiative numbered Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (“Prop 65”). Under Prop 65, the first sign required of suppliers who sell beverage alcohol at California retailers reads, “WARNING: Drinking Distilled Spirits, Beer, Coolers, Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverages May Increase …More

Utah Governor Signs .05 BAC Legislation

Let me start by saying that the views expressed here are largely my own, as the Brewers Association does not have an official position on .05 BAC legislation as of this writing, and the board …More

BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2016 Dues

The Brewers Association recently mailed brewery members a letter regarding percentage of dues not tax deductible due to lobbying activities. The same information is found in this post. This non-deductible percentage pertains to the amount that …More

FDA and Brewers Association Agree to Menu Labeling Details

Hi all. Some good news for the holidays…Brewers Association Technical Brewing Projects Manager Chuck Skypeck and I conducted our latest conference call with staff at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Nutrition and …More

FDA Menu Labeling Pushed into 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wisely moved the date that chain restaurants and other similar retail food establishments need to comply with new FDA menu labeling regulations to a date to be announced in …More