Mary Pellettieri Named First Quality Instructor at the Brewers Association

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Boulder, CO • January 17, 2017—In support of its mission to promote quality in brewing, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—today announced the selection of Mary Pellettieri as the first-ever Quality Instructor. In this role, Pellettieri will work with the BA Quality Subcommittee to develop content for and deliver presentations that address brewing quality practices, systems and parameters.

“Mary has an unparalleled understanding of how quality management is intertwined at all levels of brewery operations,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “She literally wrote the book on what it takes to manage a quality at a brewery, and her appointment underscores the BA’s commitment to advancing quality standards.”

Pellettieri began her decades-long career in the brewing and beverage industry as a chemist and microbiologist at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago, where she also taught sensory management. She later managed the quality program for Chicago’s young, independent Goose Island Beer Company. Her impressive background and experience made her a desirable judge at prestigious beer competitions around the country and later as quality manager for the historic MillerCoors Milwaukee brewery. Pellettieri speaks regularly at national events on topics ranging from quality to sensory analysis and brewing science and authored  Quality Management: Essential Planning for Breweries, a guidebook published by Brewers Publications, that provides key concepts and tools for developing a quality management program for breweries of all types and sizes.

“The Brewers Association’s membership has a reputation for producing the highest quality beer. We want to ensure that reputation is upheld,” said Pellettieri. “I’m thrilled to be able to work alongside these brewers and further enhance craft brewing quality.”

The BA Technical Committee formed the Quality Subcommittee in the fall of 2014 to conceptualize and facilitate the continual pursuit of beer quality for craft brewers. The technical committee selected a diverse group of brewing professionals to take on the task of supporting and advocating for quality. The purpose of the group is to provide a framework for quality to craft brewers and to provide guidance to achieve the vision of a membership that consistently produces beer of the highest quality.

Contact: Abby Cohen (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 ExperienceHomebrew ConNational 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.

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The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.
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