Craft brewing is more than a business venture, it’s also a lifestyle and passion. That is reflected in how tight-knit the craft brewing industry is.
What We’ll Cover in This Article
Opening a new brewery is intimidating, and it doesn’t stop at the grand opening. The daily operations of running a successful taproom is overwhelming.
That’s where brewers guilds and associations come in.
How Do Brewers Guilds Help Its Members?
Brewers guilds and associations help brewery owners and those who have an interest in the craft brewing industry in three main ways: protecting and promoting its breweries best interests in local politics, providing a community for its members, and to provide general beer and business resources for its members.
Guilds act similar to unions, as they promote equal laws for breweries, push more effective beer policies in local government, protect fair tax codes for taprooms, and protect owners and employees of craft breweries.
Guilds also provides a safe space for taproom owners, managers, employees, and influencers in its area to create a community of like-minded brewers. It allows guilds to facilitate conversations and introductions between its local members to learn from one another. This can include forums, webinars, member highlights, and more.
Many associations and brewers guilds have expanded their services to help their members gain more exposure and learn new skills. Guilds publish new content on their blogs with advice on how to run, promote, and manage a brewery, host in-person and virtual events for breweries, and offer advertising and marketing opportunities for products and services that target brewery owners.
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How to Join a Brewers Guild
Here is how to join your state’s brewers guild:
Step 1 – Find Your Local Guild
You’ll first need to find the brewers guild that represents your state or region. Each state has at least one guild, with larger states having separate guilds for its larger regions.
You can find your local guild further down this article in our list of all US brewers guilds.
Step 2 – Get In Contact with Your Guild
Once you find your community’s guild, you’ll need to reach out to the member manager. Most guild websites have a form submission or contact email to reach out and get your brewery into their system – as well as a pitch on everything their guild provides for its members.
Step 3 – Pay Your Member Dues & Fees
Guilds are funded by member dues paid by its members. Fees can range depending on the guild, and some offer different levels of membership that each have their own price. Be sure to take care of your member dues, as you won’t benefit from your membership until that is paid.
Step 4 – Introduce Yourself
You’re now a part of your local brewers guild! Be sure to ask your contact how you can get the most of your membership – and be sure to introduce yourself to the entire guild community!
List of All Brewers Guilds in All 50 States
Alabama Brewers Guild
- Dan Roberts – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewers Guild of Alaska
- Lee Ellis – email@example.com
Arizona Craft Brewers Guild
- Rob Fullmer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Arkansas Brewers Guild
- Sylvia Blain – email@example.com
Bay Area Brewers Guild
- Joanne Marino – firstname.lastname@example.org
California Craft Brewers Association
- Tom McCormick – email@example.com
San Diego Brewers Guild
- Paige McWey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles Brewers Guild
- Frances Lopez – email@example.com
Colorado Brewers Guild
- Shawnee Adelson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecticut Craft Brewers Guild
- Phil Pappas – email@example.com
District of Columbia
DC Brewers’ Guild
- Paul Dean – Paul@dcbg.org
Delaware Brewers Guild
- (302) 270-2705
- Kim Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Brewers Guild
- (727) 804-2725
- Sean Nordquist – email@example.com
Georgia Craft Brewers Guild
- (404) 606-2536
- Jospeh Cortex – firstname.lastname@example.org
Aloha Brewers Guild
Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild
- Cindy Goldstein
Idaho Brewers United
- (208) 761-1897
- Sheila Francis – email@example.com
Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
- (630) 287-0401
- Danielle D’Alessandro – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewers of Indiana Guild
- (317) 644-9826
- Rob Caputo – email@example.com
Iowa Brewers Guild
- (641) 202-6823
- Jay Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas Craft Brewers Guild
- (316) 440-4885
- Jeremy Horn – email@example.com
Kentucky Guild of Brewers
- (502) 475-0379
- Derek Selznick – firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild
- (225) 929-7033
- Cary Koch – email@example.com
Maine Brewers Guild
- (603) 860-0685
- Sean Sullivan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewers Association of Maryland
- (410) 252-9463
- Kevin Atticks – email@example.com
Massachusetts Brewers Guild, Inc.
- (617) 640-6990
- Katie Stinchon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Brewers Guild
- (517) 327-5004
- Scott Graham – Director@michiganbrewersguild.org
Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild
- (612) 486-2752
- Lauren McGinty – email@example.com
Mississippi Brewers Guild
- (601) 985-7979
- Matthew McLaughlin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Missouri Small Brewers Guild
- (573) 824-2935
- Sherry Wohlgemuth – email@example.com
Montana Brewers Association
- (406) 549-2848
- Matt Leow – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild
- (402) 649-5486
- Gabby Ayala – email@example.com
Nevada Craft Brewers Association
- (775) 470-5996
- Matt Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hampshire Brewers Association
- (603) 219-1723
- CJ White – email@example.com
New Jersey Brewers Association
- (856) 437-0709
- Alexis Degan – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico Brewers Guild
- (505) 288-4292
- Leah Black – email@example.com
New York State Brewers Association
- (585) 469-1012
- Paul Leone – Paul@NewYorkCraftBeer.com
New York City Brewers Guild
- (212) 673-0699
- Ann Reilly – firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
- (314) 406-0898
- Rich Greene – email@example.com
North Dakota Brewers Guild
- (701) 580-8934
- Angie Pelton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Craft Brewers Association
- (614) 403-1206
- Mary MacDonald – email@example.com
Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma
- (405) 740-9926
- Patrick Lively – Patrick@livelybeer.com
Oregon Brewers Guild
- (541) 390-8325
- Christina LaRue – firstname.lastname@example.org
Brewers of Pennsylvania
- (570) 205-5181
- Dan LaBert – email@example.com
Rhode Island Brewers Guild
- (401) 465-8809
- Gary Richardson – firstname.lastname@example.org
South Carolina Brewers Guild
- (843) 410-8712
- Brook Bristow – email@example.com
South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild
- (605) 789-3822
- Derek Fernholz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild
- (615) 601-2518
- Sharon Michie – email@example.com
Texas Craft Brewers Guild
- (713) 501-8067
- Charles Vallhonrat – firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah Brewers Guild
- (801) 971-2920
- Nicole Dicou – email@example.com
Vermont Brewers Association
- (802) 310-6942
- Melissa Corbin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Craft Brewers Guild
- (804) 643-7489
- Betty Arnold – email@example.com
Washington Brewers Guild
- (425) 306-9350
- Annie McGrath – firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Beer Commission
- (206) 787-1989
- Eric Radovich – email@example.com
West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild
- (304) 376-3607
- Aaron Rote – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Brewers Guild
- (608) 441-1992
- Mark Garthwaite – email@example.com
Wyoming Craft Brewers Guild
- (310) 720-3769
- Michelle Forster – firstname.lastname@example.org
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