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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What’s That Sound? The BPA Clock is Ticking.

BPA is in the news this week. I don't mean Belgian Pale Ale. I mean Bisphenol-A. The FDA will rule on whether to accept or reject a Natural Resources Defense Council petition on the suitability of epoxy-based liners that contain BPA going forward.

Cherry Picking Food Trends for Lessons for Brewers

One of the top 10 food trends for 2012 from the Supermarket Guru annual consumer panel presented at the National Grocers Association annual conference is that the American palate is moving away from sweet flavors.

BA Announces Lobbying Activities as a Percentage of 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 2011, 23% of member dues were spent on lobbying

Scotch in a Can Raises Questions

The FTC recently reached an agreement with an flavored malt beverage company to require that certain beverages must be resealable. What will be the regulatory reaction to liquor in a can?