Two pub brewer seats are open for three-year terms. Pub brewers are defined as those who sell more than 25 percent of their production on-site and operate significant food services.
Note: Only your vote in your voting membership class will count.
Pub Brewer Candidates
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1849 Brewing Company
Grass Valley, Calif.
Owner/Brewer, 1849 Brewing Company
Grass Valley, Calif.
I have been a subcommittee member for both the BA and the MBAA, a professional beer judge, conference speaker, author, and brewer within the craft brewer industry since 1991.
SKU proliferation, as well as, distributor relationships are becoming an evolving concern for the small brewer. I believe my insight into craft beer purchasing trends and the daily functions of running a small production brewery could shed significant insight on how to navigate the turbulent waters we collectively sail.
To foster brewery relationships, harnessing our common goal of increasing craft beer sales through the world.
It has always been a desire of mine to serve as a board member for the Brewers Association. I believe the fundamental principle of the craft brewing industry is the proper education to the public about the beauty and diversity in beer. The Brewers Association over the last 20 years has helped foster and advance this principle while also serving to elevate the quality of craft beer throughout North America. It would be an honor to be part of the leadership group within the BA and serve my industry at this level. I do believe my long tenure within the craft brewing industry could be an asset to the mission of the board.
O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery
Owner/Operator, O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery
I have opened roughly 30 restaurants including four breweries, and one distillery within two states and seven cities. I have been on the board of two nonprofit organizations and assisted in rule and liquor law changes in the State of Arizona. I have licensed our brand twice in the last three years. I have learned hard lessons I wish to share with others in our industry.
I see challenges with consistency in growth, state laws, and fiscal responsibility of our members. I would guide the Board to create a fiscal operations advisor and a contractual mentor to assist our members in knowledge they lack and the information that continually changes. I would work to stop changes in the law detrimental to the states’ needs, and move toward the greater good of federal law, when a state law does not yet exist.
I view the biggest opportunity as being the leader in your neighborhood, by listening to the locals, and providing your community with what it is asking for in beer, environment, quality, and use. Time is something we all cherish and small independent breweries have the opportunity to dial things in and become a leader in the social, philanthropic, and neighborhood growth for the betterment of all.
I am currently operating three brewpub-style locations and one distillery pub location. I have two airport licenses in Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, and we are continuing to grow at a steady, but cautious rate. I have been involved in the brewing business on and off for over twenty years and the people and restaurant business for nearly thirty years. I have diligently worked to change laws, find solutions, and grow organically in our neighborhoods. We will continue to grow with our communities and for the communities.
Eagle Creek Brewing Company
Owner/CEO, Eagle Creek Brewing Company
My most unique skill is that I, like many brewers, understand the struggle of owning one business while still working a primary job to support my passion project, the brewery. I both own and work in my brewpub in Georgia, and work for a major medical center in the New York City area as my primary career. I also have done work lobbying for the interests of small brewers at the federal level, and I serve on the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild board lobbying for the beer industry at the state level.
With so many unique breweries opening up throughout the United States, I feel like the large number can be a challenge and an opportunity for breweries. I feel the BA could help offer unique ideas and methods to help each member brewery stand out in their respective market by standing out as a tourist destination or highlighting unique features that set each brewery apart from the others.
I see the biggest opportunity for small and independent craft brewers to feature their independence and how supporting local and small businesses as opposed to large manufacturers. The fact that small and independent craft brewers are directly tied to local economies means they can leverage local interests and consumer insights more quickly to produce more unique and high-quality products meant to serve the community that they are in.
As owner and operator of Eagle Creek Brewing Company, I have had a great deal of experience understanding the need for representation of small breweries and brewpubs throughout the state of Georgia, as well as nationally. The camaraderie and support of the Brewers Association and its members have been instrumental in making my business successful, and it is a community I want to represent and support in its continued success. I’ve been involved at my state level in legislative affairs, as well as a member of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild board. I look forward to the opportunity to learn and continue that support with the Brewers Association Board if I am elected.
The Church Brew Works
President/Owner/Founder, The Church Brew Works
Prior to opening a brewery, I spent 15 years working in the steel industry domestically and internationally which provided lots of core business experience. Operating a brewpub for 23 years creates a history of both successes and mistakes that integrate into decision making, along with an Engineering degree to help with pragmatic decision-making on Board issues.
I see one of the challenges will be a rift between larger production breweries and taprooms that sell more direct to the public. Part of this is the current consumer macro shift away from beer. I will offer my support for the long-term health of beer, which includes collaborating with wholesalers and other brewers in lifting beer as a beverage of choice. I will also seek to educate the board on the benefits/promotion and fiscal allocation of beer tourism. Once consumers have a chance to get craft beer at a tap room, the ability to convert them to a package consumer of craft is easier.
The biggest opportunities for small brewers are the ability to create their own culture and vibe, and get very creative in their beer styles, as well as in the packaging of beer products.
I would like to thank the Board of the Brewers Association for nominating myself and other quality candidates for the 2020 Pub Brewer Board position. I wish to congratulate fellow operators who have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit to open a venue, and commend you for taking the important step of joining our national organization. Like the Brewers Association, I have seen my business migrate from the passion and raw energy of the mid 1990’s to one of a mature and legacy business. One of my goals in opening The Church Brew Works was to establish a venue that would stand the test of time and be a fabric of the community as a place to gather, celebrate, enjoy a libation, and discover the lost art of conversation. As founder of The Church Brew Works, our pub has persevered and evolved over the last 23 years. Via intrinsic evolution, I began serving on local and state industry boards. I feel continuing my service on the BA board at a national level is both fulfilling and an honor.
- Only one ballot per member brewing company will be counted (NOT one vote per location).
- Voting member criteria are described by the BA bylaws (no breweries in planning, contract breweries, etc.).
- Ballots will be accepted through October 16, 2019.