Media Contacts

The Brewers Association has staff experts that are available to the media to help with your story. Please visit the Statistics section of this website prior to setting up your media call.

Media that have not worked with BA staff before should review the spokesperson profiles below and email the appropriate contact based on the nature of the inquiry. Media that have worked with Julia Herz or Paul Gatza may set a media appointment directly by emailing them. Please state your deadline and whether you would prefer an email reply or telephone appointment.

Julia Herz – Craft Beer Program Director

Julia is a beer educator and voice for U.S. craft breweries. She is also the publisher of, the BA’s beer lover facing website.

Areas of expertise: The state of beer in the U.S., craft brewer and marketplace trends, beer industry statistics, beer styles, beer pairing, the brewing process and ingredients

Email: and follow her on Twitter @HerzMuses

See Julia Herz’s recent articles and activities.

Bart Watson, Ph.D. – Chief Economist

Bart is in charge of the BA’s statistical resources, including production surveys, economic analysis, and market research.

In addition to providing industry data for members, his responsibilities include interacting with the media on economic and statistical issues.

Areas of expertise: Beer industry stats, craft beer market, economics of craft beer

Email: and follow him on Twitter @BrewersStats

See Bart Watson’s recent articles and activities.

Paul Gatza – Senior Vice President, Professional Brewing Division

Paul’s responsibilities include serving as a spokesman with the media for the national perspective on craft brewing and the enjoyment of craft beer, maintaining industry statistics, and helping BA members get information for their businesses.

Areas of expertise: Societal trends in relation to craft brewers, regulations and government affairs, brewing history


See Paul Gatza’s recent articles and activities.

Ann Obenchain – Marketing Director

Ann develops and leads the strategic direction of all BA marketing activities, including key events such as the Great American Beer Festival. Ann serves as spokesperson with the media for BA events, including Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, World Beer Cup, Homebrew Con, and SAVOR.

Areas of expertise: Event statistics and trends, general BA information

Email: and follow her on Twitter @AnnObenchain

Read Ann’s marketing tips in her bi-monthly column in The New Brewer.



Legislative Public Affairs Inquiries: Maggie McClain, Banner Public Affairs 703.485.6551

General Media & Stock Image Inquiries: Abby Berman Cohen, The Rosen Group 646-695-7044