The Michigan Brewers Guild recently announced its 2024 board of directors, welcoming two new board members who were voted in by the membership during the Michigan’s Great Beer State Conference in Kalamazoo earlier this month. This year’s board of directors includes:
- Andrea Pernsteiner of Ore Dock Brewing in Marquette was elected to her second term on the board and will serve as President;
- Max Trierweiler of The Mitten Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Saugatuck and Northport) continues his second term and will serve as Vice President;
- Jason Spaulding of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids & Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits in Kentwood was elected to his second term on the board and will serve as Secretary;
- Travis Fritts of Old Nation Brewing Company in Williamston continues his first term on the board and will serve as Treasurer;
- Aaron Ross from the Sustainable Brewing Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College continues his first term on the board;
- Linus De Paoli of 3 Gatos Brewery in Wyoming was elected to his first term on the board, he is also active with the MBG’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee;
- Eric Plata from Batch Brewing Co., in Detroit, was elected his first term on the board.
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 beer produced by its nearly 300 member breweries.
The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.
Michigan’s thriving brewing industry contributes more than 17,000 full-time jobs and $700 million in labor income / wages, with a total economic impact of over $2.4 billion. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation — supporting its title as “The Great Beer State.”