Brewers Association Names Board of Directors

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The Brewers Association has officially announced its 2017 Board of Directors.

In a press release, the trade organization — which represents the interests of small and independent craft brewers — said Allagash Brewing founder Rob Tod had recently begun his second term as board chair.

“In the face of many exciting opportunities and challenges, this is a dynamic time to be a small and independent brewer,” Tod said in a press release. “It is an honor to serve and speak for this growing community of innovators who push the envelope when it comes to brewing. I look forward to working alongside many of my admired craft brewing colleagues to continue making this a great industry, both for those who work in it and the beer lovers who get to enjoy it.”

Tod is joined on the executive committee by Left Hand Brewing co-founder Eric Wallace (vice chair), Standing Stone Brewing Co. brewmaster Larry Chase (secretary/treasurer), Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy and BA president and CEO Bob Pease.

In November, the BA had announced the election of Tod and four other industry professionals (listed below) to the organization’s board of directors for three-year terms starting this month.

  • John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery director of operations
  • Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing co-founder
  • Sean Casey, Church Brew Works president
  • Cyrena Nouzille, Ladyface Ale Companie general manager

Those five will “govern the activities of the professional division of the BA and other divisions, including the American Homebrewers association, Brewers Publications and events,” according to the BA’s website.

Also notable: Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch has been named an at-large board member.

A full press release with additional information is below.

Brewers Association Seats 2017 Board of Directors

Boulder, CO • February 22, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—announced its 2017 Board of Directors.

The Board guides the strategic direction of the BA and governs the activities of the professional division of the BA, as well as the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications and BA events including the Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and SAVOR℠. Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing Company, leads the board as chair, serving his second term.

“In the face of many exciting opportunities and challenges, this is a dynamic time to be a small and independent brewer,” said Tod. “It is an honor to serve and speak for this growing community of innovators who push the envelope when it comes to brewing. I look forward to working alongside many of my admired craft brewing colleagues to continue making this a great industry, both for those who work in it and the beer lovers who get to enjoy it.”

The 2017 BA Board of Directors is made up of the following members:

(*indicates new to board in 2017)

Executive Committee
Chair – Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co, Portland, ME
Vice Chair – Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co, Longmont, CO
Secretary/Treasurer – Larry Chase, Standing Stone Brewing Co, Ashland, OR
Past Chair – Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Brewers Association President & CEO – Bob Pease

American Homebrewers Association Representative Board Members
Chris P. Frey, Saline, MI
*Roxanne Westendorf, Cincinnati, OH

At-Large Board Members
*Jim Koch, Boston Beer CO, Boston, MA
*Tom McCormick, California Craft Brewers Association, Sacramento, CA
Scott Metzger, Freetail Brewing Co, San Antonio, TX
Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA

Brewpub Representative Board Members
*Sean Casey, Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, PA
Larry Chase, Standing Stone Brewing Co, Ashland, OR
Tom Dargen, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants/CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Broomfield, CO
Cyrena Nouzille, Ladyface Ale Companie, Agoura Hills, CA
Tony Simmons, Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill, Pagosa Springs, CO

Packaging Brewery Representative Board Members
Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co, Kiln, MS
Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Dan Kleban, Maine Beer Co, Freeport, ME
John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, MI
Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co, Kihei, HI
Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO
Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co, Portland, ME
Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Co, Longmont, CO

Committee Chairs
AHA Governing – Roxanne Westendorf
Brewpub – Cyrena Nouzille
Events – Scott Metzger
Executive – Rob Tod
Finance – Larry Chase
Governance – Wynne Odell
Government Affairs – Eric Wallace
Market Development Committee – Garrett Marrero
Public Relations & Marketing – Steve Hindy
Technical—John Mallett

“There are more than 5,200 small and independent craft brewers in the country and the Brewers Association board goes to bat for each and every one of them, ensuring they can continue to do what they do best—make high quality, full-flavored, world class beer,” said Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association. “Whether new to the board or a seasoned participant, thanks to those who passionately serve on behalf of all our members, sharing their time, experience and knowledge.”

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 CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, 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.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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