New Brewers of Indiana Guild Board Members Ready for 2016

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New faces joined the Brewers of Indiana Guild board of directors after elections this past weekend with hopes of bringing the standard of the state’s 120-plus brewers to a higher level of quality.

Kaitlyn Hendricks of Three Floyds; Brian Nentrup of Hoosier; Will Moorman of Tow Yard; and David Yancey of Taxman all joined the board while Daredevil’s Shane Pearson returned to his position. Elections were held during the guild’s second annual Indiana Craft Brewers Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Hendricks, who does PR for Three Floyds and also works in quality control has helped with the start of two apps to attract consumers to breweries in the state with the South Shore Brewery Trail and Drink Indiana.

While on the board she hopes to see a rise in education among the state’s breweries, with hopes of bringing more seminars and meetings focusing on quality and sensory panels.

“As the industry keeps growing I want to focus on quality, consistency and education,” she said. “Education is super important, not just for new brewers, but for retailer, distributors, and consumers.”

Pearson, who owns Daredevil, said the guild continues to work on representing the best interests of all breweries in Indiana from the smallest nano brewery to the neighborhood brewpub and our largest production breweries.

“While a lot of the work by the guild is behind the scenes l also look forward to collaborating on how we continue to take forward our community outreach programs like the Drink Indiana App as well as information about all guild brewery members.”

More than 250 brewers and industry professionals attended the weekend event.

Brewery owners and staff attended educational sessions focusing on business operations and technical brewing with speakers such as Dick Cantwell of the Brewers Association, who spoke about the importance of principle and innovation in producing quality beer.

“The conference is an exclusive opportunity for our member breweries to connect with each other and world-class industry professionals in a unique setting while learning a lot and having fun, too,” said Rob Caputo, Executive Director for the guild. “This annual event is a key element of driving the quality and variety of locally brewed beer forward in Indiana.”

The event also featured a trade show with nearly two dozen exhibitors representing a range of products and services including solar power, draught systems, ingredients, insurance, and packaging.

The next Brewers of Indiana Guild event is the 6th Annual Bloomington Craft Beer Festival on April 9 at Woolery Mill in Bloomington, Indiana. The fest is one of the only events in the state that directly benefits Indiana’s brewing community.

The guild is also accepting applications for its next Executive Director until March 16. It is targeting a start date of August 1.

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