Boulder, CO • April 23, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, announced that Matt Stinchfield has been appointed safety ambassador. Serving in a newly created position, Stinchfield will work to promote the mission of the BA safety subcommittee to increase safety awareness of the association’s members and encourage prevention of harm to personnel, the public and production.
“The Brewers Association’s increased focus on brewery safety has led to an increase in BA resources available to all brewers,” said Stinchfield. “My role as safety ambassador will be to educate brewers on how to improve brewery safety through conscientious and affordable practices in both prevention and protection.”
Stinchfield has been actively creating safer workplaces for over three decades and has focused on brewery safety for the last 18 years. He is a safety and loss control consultant to mid-sized and regional craft breweries and distilleries in addition to founder of his own brewery, Ploughshare Brewing Co. in Lincoln, Neb. Stinchfield stresses the importance of creating a safety dialogue and has spoken at numerous brewing industry functions. He is currently chair of the BA safety subcommittee and sits on the MBAA food safety committee.
“Safety is of the utmost concern to craft brewers,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Through his efforts on the BA safety subcommittee, Matt has been doing great work to educate our members and help them develop safety programs and procedures. We look forward to working with him in this expanded role.”
Contact: Abby Berman (on behalf of the Brewers Association) (646) 695-7044
About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.