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 19th 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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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

FDA Spent Grain Update

FDA released a supplemental animal feed document which revises proposed rules for animal feed as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Brewers’ handling of spent grains will directly be impacted. The …More

TTB Gets it Right on Formulas

We received great news out of the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). In Ruling 2014-4, TTB has added over 30 new ingredients to a list that will be exempt from formula requirements going forward. …More

BA Announces Lobbying Activities Percentage of 2013 Dues

Because the Brewers Association is involved in lobbying activities in Washington, DC, primarily on the excise tax bills in Congress, a percentage of member dues are not deductible as a business expense. For 2013, 18.4% of member dues were spent on lobbyin

Brewers Association Office Reopens

After a temporary closure due to flooding along the Front Range of Colorado, the Brewers Association office re-opened Tuesday morning, September 17 at 8 a.m.

Brewers Association Closed September 16

Due to widespread flooding in Boulder County, Colorado, the need to allow movement of emergency and reconstruction vehicles and a flood advisory that is in place until Tuesday morning, the Brewer Association office is closed Monday.

U.S. Brewery Count Passes 2500.

With the addition of 69 new operational U.S. breweries entered into our database in May 2013, the U.S. brewery count has now climbed to 2514.