michigan brewers guildKALAMAZOO, Mich – The Michigan Brewers Guild recently elected its 2018 Board of Directors at its annual meeting, January 13, at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel. Each board position is a two-year term, elected in alternating years (4, 3).

The conference was a record-breaker in many ways for the organization, with more than 525 attendees and 112 vendors in the Allied Member Trade Show. The Guild also reported a record 245 member breweries during the Annual Meeting—an increase of 22 members since the previous January.

This year, four people were elected to the Guild board:

  • Ryan Cottongim, Owner of Witch’s Hat Brewing Company in South Lyon, was re-elected to serve his second term on the board, and will serve as the Guild’s Secretary.
  • Scott Newman-Bale, Vice President of Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, was re-elected to his fifth term and will once again serve as the Guild’s Treasurer.
  • David Ringler, Owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs, was elected to his first term on the board.
  • Chas Thompson, Beer Engineer at Schmohz Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, was appointed in 2017 to fill a vacancy on the board and he was elected to his first term on the board.

Additional board members include:

  • Eric Briggeman, Director of Brewing Operations at Rochester Mills Production Brewery, continues his seventh term on the board and will serve his eleventh year as Guild President.
  • Isaac Hartman, “Ambassador of Great Beer” from New Holland Brewing Company, continues his fifth term on the board of directors.
  • Garry Boyd, Managing Partner at BarFly Ventures (HopCat & Grand Rapids Brewing) continues his second term on the board and chairs the organization’s sustainability and quality committees.

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 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 conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”


HARBOR SPRINGS — The Michigan Brewers Guild announced its latest Board of Directors additions, as well as several award recipients, last Wednesday at the Guild’s annual Winter Conference held at Boyne Highlands Resort.

Eric Briggeman of Rochester Mills Production Brewery was elected to his sixth term on the board, and will serve his seventh year as Guild President. Isaac Hartman of New Holland Brewing Company also returns for his fourth term, serving as Co-Chair to the Government Affairs Committee.

Newcomer Garry Boyd of BarFly Ventures was elected to his first term on the board.

Other members include Steve Berthel of New Holland (Secretary and Events/Entertainment Chair), Scott Newman-Bale of Short’s Brewing Company (Treasurer), Brad Stevenson of Founders Brewing Co. (Membership Chair) and Aaron Morse of Dark Horse Brewing (Marketing Chair).

The Guild also presented its annual Tom Burns Award. This year’s recipient — Jon Linardos — released his first beer in 1995 for Motor City Brewing Works. He also was essential in the starting of the Detroit & Mackinac Brewing Company, for which Tom Burns was the founder of.

Rick Lack of RAVE Associates was also presented with the inaugural Michigan Beer Patriot Award.

Formed in 1997, the Guild also announced an increase of 29 brewery members (from 119 to 148) over the course of the last year.