Introducing The Los Angeles Brewers Guild
We just got wind that the Los Angeles Brewers Guild has been formed. There’s been talks of this around the water cooler for a few years now, and it’s now a real thing, due to the dozen or more breweries that have opened up in LA over the past 3-4 years. We contacted President of The LA Brewers Guild, Jeremey Raub to find out more. Jeremy is also the Owner of Eagle Rock Brewery here in LA.
When did this group officially form?
We’ve been talking about forming for over a year now, but we finally made it all official on Jan 24th, 2013.
Do you have a logo and website?
Not yet, but we’re working on both. Hopefully we’ll have a final logo approved soon. The website URL has been reserved, but the page has not yet been built.
How does a new brewer join the LABG?
Definition of a Guild Member: A brick-and-mortar brewing facility located within Los Angeles County holding a valid brewing license with TTB & ABC, and a Type 1, Type 23, or Type 75 ABC License. Annual dues for the first year of membership are currently set at $200.
How does one get on the board?
The general membership votes once each year to elect the board of directors.
What is the mission statement of the guild?
The mission of the LABG is to create and foster a culture of world-class beer in Los Angeles County by promoting and protecting local craft brewers.
Will any OC breweries be involved?
No. Because we need to stay focused on the issues that relate directly to us as LA County brewers, we are not allowing membership to brewers outside of LA County.
Is this guild modeled after any other successful ones?
Partially. We have looked to the San Francisco and San Diego Guilds, as well as the Oregon Brewers Guild for inspiration, but we’re also trying to plot our own course.
What is the current leadership structure?
President: Jeremy Raub (Eagle Rock Brewery)
Vice Pres: Gabe Gordon (Beachwood Brewing)
Treasurer: Joel Elliott (Strand Brewing)
Secretary: Rob Croxall (El Segundo Brewing)