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The Importance of Brewers Guilds (+List of All Guilds)

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The Importance of Brewers Guilds (+List of All Guilds)

April 06, 2020

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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.

What Is a Brewers Guild?

Brewers guilds are nonprofit organizations that are created to protect all craft brewers and breweries in a state or city, as well as bring together and promote the best interest of local craft brewery owners, managers, and influencers.

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

Joining your local guild is a crucial step in forming strong relationships with others in the craft-beer industry who have faced the same challenges and problems you will encounter. 

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

Alabama Brewers Guild

Alaska

Brewers Guild of Alaska

Arizona

Arizona Craft Brewers Guild

Arkansas

Arkansas Brewers Guild

  • 501-765-2469
  • Sylvia Blain – executivedirectorabg@gmail.com

California

Bay Area Brewers Guild

California Craft Brewers Association

San Diego Brewers Guild

Los Angeles Brewers Guild

Colorado

Colorado Brewers Guild

Connecticut

Connecticut Craft Brewers Guild

District of Columbia

DC Brewers’ Guild

Delaware

Delaware Brewers Guild

  • (302) 270-2705
  • Kim Wilson – kim@ruggeriowillson.com

Florida

Florida Brewers Guild

Georgia

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

Hawaii

Aloha Brewers Guild

Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild

Idaho

Idaho Brewers United

Illinois

Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

Indiana

Brewers of Indiana Guild

Iowa

Iowa Brewers Guild

Kansas

Kansas Craft Brewers Guild

  • (316) 440-4885
  • Jeremy Horn – jhorn@wichitabrew.com

Kentucky

Kentucky Guild of Brewers

Louisiana

Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild

Maine

Maine Brewers Guild

Maryland

Brewers Association of Maryland

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Brewers Guild, Inc.

Michigan

Michigan Brewers Guild

Minnesota

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

Mississippi

Mississippi Brewers Guild

  • (601) 985-7979
  • Matthew McLaughlin – matthew@mclaughlinpc.com

Missouri

Missouri Small Brewers Guild

Montana

Montana Brewers Association

Nebraska

Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild

Nevada

Nevada Craft Brewers Association

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Brewers Association

New Jersey

New Jersey Brewers Association

New Mexico

New Mexico Brewers Guild

New York

New York State Brewers Association

New York City Brewers Guild

North Carolina

North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild

North Dakota

North Dakota Brewers Guild

Ohio

Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Oklahoma

Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon Brewers Guild

Pennsylvania

Brewers of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Brewers Guild

South Carolina

South Carolina Brewers Guild

South Dakota

South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild

  • (605) 789-3822
  • Derek Fernholz – derek@fernson.com

Tennessee

Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild

Texas

Texas Craft Brewers Guild

Utah

Utah Brewers Guild

Vermont

Vermont Brewers Association

Virginia

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

Washington

Washington Brewers Guild

Washington Beer Commission

West Virginia

West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

  • (304) 376-3607
  • Aaron Rote – info@wvbrewersguild.com

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Brewers Guild

Wyoming

Wyoming Craft Brewers Guild

Is your guild not listed? Email levi@2ndkitchen.com to have your brewers guild or association added.

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