Monday, January 19, 2015

Michigan Brewers Guild Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Written by  Paul Starr
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The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2015 Board of Directors at its annual meeting, January 14, at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. Each board position is a two-year term, elected in alternating years (4, 3).
This year, three people were elected to the board.

Eric Briggeman, Director of Brewing Operations at Rochester Mills Production Brewery, was elected to his sixth term on the board and will serve his seventh year as Guild President.

Isaac Hartman, “Ambassador of Great Beer” from New Holland Brewing Company, was elected to his fourth term on the board of directors and will serve as Co-Chair to the Government Affairs Committee.

Garry Boyd, Ringleader & Managing Partner at BarFly Ventures (HopCat & Grand Rapids Brewing) was elected to his first term on the board.

Additional board members include:

Steve Berthel, Pub Brewer at New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, will serve as serve as secretary and as Events/Entertainment Chair.

Scott Newman-Bale, Vice President of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, who continues to serve as Treasurer.

Brad Stevenson, Vice President of Operations for Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, who serves as the Membership Chair.

Aaron Morse, CEO at Dark Horse Brewing in Marshall, who serves as the Marketing Chair.

Founded in 1997, the Michigan Brewers Guild oversees the organization’s administrative and promotional affairs, including four annual public events: Winter Beer Festival in February in Grand Rapids, Summer Beer Festival in July in Ypsilanti, UP Fall Beer Festival in September in Marquette, and Detroit Fall Beer Festival in October, as well as its annual Winter Conference in January. Currently, the Guild represents 148 member breweries – the highest number since the organizations inception.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $277 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

The Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption. For more information, including a list of Michigan microbreweries, log on to

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.