The Independent Brewers Alliance, which we profiled in detail here, is America’s first brewer-owned and directed purchasing alliance. The new group continues to gain steam, recently hiring Jeff Glynn, former Supply Chain Manager at City Brewing Co., to manage its purchasing programs.
“Giving member-brewers the buying power of a million-barrel plus brewery is what the alliance is all about,” said Dean Palmer, executive director. “Jeff is the guy who will make that happen. He has bought for startups, all the way up to the 5 million-bbl, 3-facility production of contract brewer, City Brewing. Moreover, working for 20 years at a large contract brewery, he knows how to represent the individual material, service and delivery needs of hundreds of brewers at the same time. He’s our members’ dream hire.”
To learn more about Glynn and the alliance itself, the group is hosting two free, no-obligation introductory webinars, open to all interested brewers. They are currently scheduled for this Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. EST and Friday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. EST. Sign up here to attend or visit the IBA website to learn more about the alliance and its 12-month risk-free trial.
So, about that million-bbl buying power — how close is that dream to reality?
“We are well on the road to that,” Palmer said. “Between member sign-ups, member applications and interested brewers who have signed up for the introductory webinars, we are talking 600,000 barrels and counting.”