The Brewers Association today announced the 2012 Board of Directors, officially naming Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione as its Chair.
Calagione replaces last years Chair, F.X. Matt Brewing Co.’s President Nick Matt. Matt will remain on the board as an At-large member. Deschutes Founder and CEO, Gary Fish, will take over Calagione’s former post as Vice Chair.
Below is the official press release from the Brewers Association.
BOULDER, CO – The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent brewers, is pleased to announce its 2012 Board of Directors.
Led by newly-elected Chair Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, the BA 2012 Board of Directors includes: Vice Chair Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery (OR); Secretary/Treasurer Mark Edelson, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (DE); Past Chair, At-large Member Nick Matt, F.X. Matt Brewing Co. (NY); Steve Bradt, Free State Brewing Co. (KS); Dick Cantwell, Elysian Brewing Co. (WA); Chris P. Frey, AHA Representative; Chris Graham, AHA Representative, Beer, Beer & More Beer (CA); Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (CA); Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery (NY); Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Co. (CO); John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery (MI); John Pinkerton, Moon River Brewing Co. (GA); Rob Tod, At-large Member, Allagash Brewing Co. (ME) and Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co. (CO).
“It is an honor to work alongside my colleagues and the staff of the Brewers Association as we further the goals of small brewers, homebrewers and the community of brewing enthusiasts across the country,” said Sam Calagione. “I’m excited to take on this new leadership role, while advancing the strategic aims of the Brewers Association.”
The Board provides strategic direction for the Brewers Association. With 39 full-time employees and additional independent contract staff, the Brewers Association serves 2,214 Brewery members, 348 Wholesalers, 422 Allied Trade Members and more than 30,000 American Homebrewers Association members.
“As the craft brewing industry experiences continued growth, it is more important than ever to promote and protect our community,” said Charlie Papazian, president, Brewers Association. “This is a great group of industry leaders who will help the Brewers Association do just that.”
The BA Board of Directors also has several standing committees that work with members and staff focusing on specific areas to help achieve association goals. Committee chairs include:
AHA Governing — Chris Frey
Communications — Dick Cantwell
Events — Steve Bradt
Executive — Sam Calagione
Finance – Mark Edelson
Governance — Steve Bradt
Government Affairs — Gary Fish
Market Development — Rob Tod and Fred Matt
Pipeline — Dick Cantwell
Public Relations & Marketing — Kim Jordan
Technical — Ken Grossman and John Mallett
About the Brewers Association:
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft 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 and BrewExpo America┬«, SAVOR?: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience 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.