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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BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2015 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

Craft Brewers Draw Regulator Attention to Grocer Category Management Plan

Kroger recently announced a plan to develop a “Planogram Center of Excellence” in which beverage alcohol category management for the company would be managed by Southern Wine & Spirits and funded by suppliers and wholesalers. The first concern for brewers is whether paying for category management of this type is …More

Impact on Craft Brewers if Global Giants Merge

I woke up September 16 to news that Anheuser Busch-InBev (ABI) is working to acquire SABMiller. Discussion of this potential merger has been around for years. The first time I thought seriously about it was …More

FDA Extends Menu Labeling Compliance Date One Year

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a one-year extension in the required implementation date for chain restaurants of 20 or more units from December 1, 2015 to December 1, 2016. Many restaurants have already …More

FDA Menu Labeling. Be Ready Or Lose Sales.

FDA Menu Labeling—VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE As of May 13, 2015 we still await formal guidance from the FDA regarding the form that chain restaurant menu labeling will take in preparation for the December 1, 2015 implementation …More

Small BREW Act Introduced in House and Senate

Here are your bill numbers for the Small BREW Act: H.R. 232 and S. 375. The full title of the Small BREW Act is the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act. The Brewers Association recognizes …More

BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2014 Dues

The Brewers Association recently mailed brewery members a letter regarding percentage of dues not tax deductible due to lobbying activities. The letter is to inform members of the non-deductible portion of their 2014 member dues paid to …More

FDA Menu Labeling for Chain Restaurants Finalized

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final rules today on menu labeling for chain restaurants.  In the proposed version published in 2011 FDA excluded alcohol beverages, and asked for comments on that exclusion. The …More