Monday, January 19, 2015

Michigan Brewers Guild Hosts Annual Winter Conference at Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs

Written by  Paul Starr
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A record number of members from the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) and Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) - District Michigan gathered at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, January 14-16, for their annual Winter Conference. In all, nearly 300 people were registered for the conference including members, allied members.
Highlights of the conference included the election of the 2015 Board of Directors, the presentation of the Annual Report, presentation of the Tom Burns Award and The Michigan Beer Patriot Award, a Great Beer State Reception & Dinner, and the kick-off of the Great Beer State Concert Series with a concert featuring The Orbitsuns.

Among the data released, was the continued growth of the craft beer industry and the Michigan Brewers Guild specifically.

  2014 2015  Increase
Brewery Members 119 148 + 29 (24%)
Allied Members 45 60 + 15 (33%)
Enthusiast Members 2032 2486 + 454 (24%)
Conference Attendance 220 282 + 62 (28%)
Facebook Likes 17,532 24,948 +7416 (42%)
Twitter Followers 6,437 10,300 +3863 (60%)
The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 150 member breweries.
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 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 a 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

Michigan ranks #5 in the nation for the number of craft breweries – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.
Photo credit Marty Dunham
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.