UPDATE: John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, has sent out this letter to current Guild members.
Here’s what we know so far.
PorchDrinking obtained this letter announcing the split to the Colorado Brewers Guild Board of Directors:
Here is Craft Beer Colorado’s Articles of Incorporation, filed with the Secretary of State at a little after noon on Friday by Kim Jordan of New Belgium. From what we can tell, this has been in the works “officially” since the end of May, when Brad Lincoln of Funkwerks filed a Statement of Reservation of Name for the “Colorado Craft Brewers Guild,” and ultimately, they decided to call the new guild Craft Beer Colorado.
The names included on this announcement letter are some of the big names in Colorado’s brewing industry. We here at Focus on the beer are truly excited to see where this new guild helps take Colorado’s craft beer industry.
Reasons for the split included in the above letter are:
- We need legislative and regulatory leadership and vision. Historically the CBG has reacted to changes; we need a proactive agenda.
- There has been, for many years in the CBG, a culture of information control and director behavior that is the opposite of transparent. This is not healthy for our trade association and we are no longer willing to condone this management style.
- With the changing landscape of craft where multinational brewers are buying craft brewers and blurring the lines, our by-laws and articles of incorporation don’t reflect what we believe to be membership’s wishes.
If the Colorado Brewers Guild is as broken as the aforementioned letter suggests, we expect to see more breweries joining this new movement in the coming months. As we hear of developments, we’ll keep you updated as usual.
What does this mean for consumers? Hopefully, you will not see a change at the retail level, but there will be more than likely be some shakeups when it comes to some Brewers Guild events.
We’re wondering how consumer favorite events like Salida’s Brewers Rendezvous or Bristol’s Firkin Rendezvous will play out in the coming year.
Onwards and upwards!