Brewers Guild of Alaska (BGA) recently announced the hire of their new executive director, Ryan Makinster. Ryan is the 31st director of the 51 total state (and D.C.) brewers guilds. BGA is a non-profit trade association founded …More
Hoping to inspire unity and collaboration, I joined the Granite State Brewers Association (GSBA) for a voting-member meeting in April. The GSBA formed relatively recently, in late 2013, and is still in the challenging initial formation stage of building a …More
Nearly two decades ago, long before the harmonious partnership of beer at the dinner table was recognized, Nat Collins and Bill Woodring decided they wanted to host a beer and food festival. Bill recalls, “It …More
On Friday, February 20 Brewers Association (BA) staff members Erin Glass, Julia Herz and Chuck Skypeck traveled to Colorado Springs to attend several events uniting craft brewers from across the Rocky Mountain region. The weekend …More
The Utah Brewers Guild recently convened at Uinta Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City to elect board members and discuss legislative and fundraising opportunities. The Brewers Association’s (BA) Pete Johnson also attended to update guild …More
Each August in Madison, Wisconsin, adjacent to the Great Taste of the Midwest, 11 state guilds are invited to participate in a regional guild gathering. In 2012 the Wisconsin and Minnesota craft brewers guilds determined that with so many …More
The California Craft Brewers Association was established in 1989 and was the first state brewers guild. The organization toasted to 25 years of helping develop and protect California craft breweries at its annual conference, which took place in Santa …More
State brewers guilds are non-profit associations that protect and promote the local craft brewing industry. Across the country, these groups are making a difference through organizing events, fighting unfavorable laws and being the collective voice for craft …More
Two years ago, I met with Idaho brewing community in Idaho Falls to rally the state and support their formal organization. Fast forward to 2014, Idaho Brewers United (IBU) is now formally official. Though it …More
State Brewers Association Coordinator Acacia Coast recently visited the Utah Brewers Guild for their annual meeting. Here she provides an update on the guilds progress supporting small brewers in the state and navigating the unfriendly alcohol laws.
The Brewers Association is committed to providing resources to both existing associations and those in the conceptual or formative stages. Our staff attend 20-30 guild meetings a year to share information and gather best practices from a national perspective. The Brewers Association also assists state association efforts to fight state excise tax increase proposals and support pro-craft legislative initiatives.