Last night we joined the Brewer’s Association as a 0-500 bbl brewery. There are a ton of benefits that come with this membership. A lot of the benefits will be great once we get started, but there are a few that are really going to help as we write the business plan. These benefits all fall under the “Member Education” category:
New Members-Only Area of BrewersAssociation.org
Features exclusive content available to BA members only, including extensive statistical data, presentation archives, technical information (covering hops, keg repatriation, and other topics), message boards and committee meeting minutes.
The New Brewer
Free multiple subscriptions to The New Brewer magazine for staff members.
Brewers Association Forum
Free multiple subscriptions to the Brewers Association Forum, a daily, moderated email digest connecting you to more than 4,400 participating members.
Annual Beer Industry Production Survey reports the growth of craft beer industry; featured in the May/June issue of The New Brewer.
Professional E-Conference Series: Power Hour
Power Hour is an online, interactive teleconference series on regulatory, marketing and other information six times per year.
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®
Registration discounts of $220-$245 per person for the full conference rate at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.
Discounts on pre-publication releases, along with free additional copies of the current Brewers’ Resource Directory for brewery-level members.
On top of all this, we also now have access to the wonderful staff at BA for the various specific and unique questions we’ll have along the way. I’ve had beers with a bunch of people who work there, and they’re awesome. It’ll be great to work with them in a professional capacity as well.
We’re really excited to start diving in to these resources. The business plan writing and other key planning stages are under way, thanks to the help of two recent DU MBA students and one current one. This membership should help with that planning. I’ll be sure to share as we go.
If you’re a brewer and read this blog, what are your thoughts on BA, the membership, and the services they provide?