Brewers Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing, at a recent BA event in New York. Tod will serve his second term as BA executive chair. 

On February 22, the Brewers Association (BA), the Boulder-based not-for-profit trade group dedicated to small and independent craft brewers in the U.S., announced its 2017 Board of Directors.

The BA Board of Directors will continue to be led by Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, who will serve his second term as chair.

“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.”

Other members of the executive committee include vice chair Eric Wallace (founder of Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colorado); secretary/treasurer Larry Chase (founder of Standing Stone Brewing of Ashland, Oregon); past chair Steve Hindy (co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn); and BA president and CEO Bob Pease.

Jim Koch, founder and CEO of Boston Beer Company, has been appointed an at-large board member, along with Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association in Sacramento. Koch and McCormick join Scott Metzler, founder and CEO Freetail Brewing in San Antonio, and Steve Wagner, co-founder of Stone Brewing of Escondido, California, as at-large board members.

American Homebrewers Association representative board members include the newly appointed Roxanne Westendorf of Cincinnati, who joins Chris P. Frey of Saline, Michigan.

Appointed as brewpub representative member is Sean Casey of Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, who joins existing brewpub representative embers Larry Chase of Standing Stone Brewing in Ashland, Oregon; Tom Dargen of Gordon Borsch Brewery Restaurants/CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries based in Broomfield, Colorado; Cyrena Nouzille of Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, California; and Tony Simmons of Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Packaging brewery representative board members include Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Kiln, Mississippi; Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn; Dan Kleban, Maine Beer, Freeport, Maine; John Mallett, Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg, Minnesota; Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Company, Kihei, Hawaii; Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine; and Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Colorado, Longmont, Colorado.

Finally, committee chairs are Roxanne Westendorf, AHA governing committee; Cyrena Nouzille, brewpub committee; Scott Metzger, events committee; Rob Tod, executive committee; Larry Chase, finance committee; Wynne Odell, governance committee; Eric Wallace, governmental affairs committee; Garrett Marrero, market development committee; Steve Hindy, public relations and marketing committee; and John Mallet, technical committee.

According to the BA, the Board of Directors is responsible for guiding the association’s strategic direction and governing the activities of its professional division, along with that of the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications, and BA events such as the Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and SAVOR.

Currently, the BA sites more than 5,200 small and independent craft brewers in the country. “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 Pease. “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.”

According to the BA, which represents more than 70 percent of the U.S. brewing industry, association members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. Learn more about the BA and the craft beer industry and community at craftbeer.com.