Brewers Association (BA) Board of Directors member Larry Horwitz has been named chair of the safety subcommittee, which is part of the technical committee structure.
Horwitz is currently brewmaster and partner at Four String Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio. He has been a professional brewer and brewery consultant since 1992. He attended The Ohio State University and is a graduate of both the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) Malting and Brewing Science Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was chosen as a William R. Hipp scholarship recipient, and the American Brewers Guild Brewery Science and Engineering Program.
Horwitz has been active within the Brewers Association for many years, serving on the technical committee and quality subcommittee, as well as judge panels for Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup. He has also done work for the MBAA, serving as district president, vice president and technical chair and as a board of governors representative for several districts. He is currently a board member of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, and teaches courses on brewing, judging beers and sensory analysis.
“I am passionate about the production of flavorful, high quality craft beer and worker safety. Even the smallest craft brewers execute tasks daily that can be hazardous,” said Horwitz. “The production of high quality, world class beer doesn’t matter if every one of our employees can’t return home safe to their families at the end of a shift. No beer, or production procedure is worth your life, limb, or eyes!”
Horwitz takes the place of Matt Stinchfield, who served as chair of the safety subcommittee since its inception in 2013. Stinchfield will continue as an active member of the safety subcommittee and Safety Ambassador. Under Stinchfield’s leadership the safety subcommittee has produced valuable resources that help brewers develop and execute the safety programs at their breweries including the online brewery safety training, the safety exchange and a variety of guidance documents addressing subjects like Protective Clothing for Brewery Workers and Confined Spaces.
Visit the Best Practices section on BrewersAssociation.org to see a complete list of BA safety resources.