Beer Release Helps Feed Local Families This Holiday Season

Framingham, MA– Last July, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company and Avidia Bank released a special collaboration beer in honor of the first Demo Tape Fest and included a charitable component where both Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company and Avidia Bank agreed to contribute a total of $2.00 from each four-pack of the beer sold to the Rise Above Foundation, which serves foster children in the MetroWest area. This beer was so successful that they decided to do it again!

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Liquid Tender, which was part of Exhibit ‘A’’s Demo Tape test batch series, has graduated to their regular rotation and will be brewed twice a year. Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company and Avidia Bank have pledged to give $2 from every four-pack sold donated to a MetroWest nonprofit. This holiday season, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company and Avidia Bank are working with the United Way of Tri-County to host Pints for Pantries, the release party for Liquid Tender. This event will raise money for United Way of Tri-County’s annual Feed-A-Family campaign, which raises money to provide families in our communities with a turkey and all the trimmings for both Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Avidia Bank on Liquid Tender. It’s been a great way to not only help out our community, but also bring more attention to all the great organizations that are doing great things here in the MetroWest,” said Kelsey Roth, General Manager at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company. “Working with the United Way of Tri-County on its annual Feed-A-Family campaign was a no-brainer for this time of year. Beer and food have always been great ways to bring people together. We are happy to help feed families and keep them together this holiday season.”

“After all the success from the first time we made Liquid Tender, we wanted to do it again!  United Way of Tri-County and Avidia Bank have a long standing relationship and we knew this would be something we could do together, especially for the holiday season,” said Katelin Cwieka, AVP-Social Media and Brand Communications Manager at Avidia Bank, “This is a great way we can get involved by not only fundraising in a unique way but also to help highlight the needs in our community and all the wonderful work United Way does.”  

The limited edition of Liquid Tender will be available starting on Saturday, December 1 at the Pints for Pantries release party at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes the first beer, live entertainment by Blue Light Bandit Duo, and raffles featuring Celtics tickets and a VIP tour and tasting for four people at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company along with a gift basket of merchandise. Food will also be available for purchase from Melt, a poutine food truck. Tickets can be purchased at www.uwotc.org/pints. All money raised will benefit food pantries in Framingham, Marlborough and Clinton, Massachusetts. 

“Avidia Bank and Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company are great partners of ours. We were excited when they approached us about this partnership to help raise money for local families this holiday season,” said Paul Mina, President & CEO of United Way of Tri-County. “We can’t thank companies like Avidia Bank and Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company enough for raising awareness of the thousands of families in MetroWest area that go without food for one or more meals every day.” 

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company invited Avidia Bank and United Way of Tri-County to brew and package the beer, allowing employees from both organizations to be involved in the whole process. The beer will be available at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company and select locations in Massachusetts. For more information about Pints for Pantries visitwww.uwotc.org/pints

About Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company:
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company is a brewery located in Framingham, MA that focuses on high quality, artisanal beers using the best ingredients.

About Avidia Bank:
Avidia Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank based in Hudson, MA with additional locations in Framingham, Westborough, Leominster, Shrewsbury, Clinton, Marlborough, Northborough and Clinton. 

About United Way of Tri-County: 
The United Way of Tri-County is a community-building organization that brings people together to care for one another. We provide programs and services, connect volunteers, and strengthen agencies to meet the critical needs of the community with the help of people like you.

 

 

Bring some local pride to the table this Thanksgiving #MABeer 

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Anything wine can do, beer can do better - so clear the wine glasses and make room for Mass. made craft beer as you set the table this Thanksgiving.

From the buttery stuffing and mashed potatoes, tangy cranberry sauce, flavorful turkey and creamy pies, there’s a local offering that can hold up to any side or dessert you can dish up. 

We unfortunately can’t help you navigate political conversations around the dinner table, or make your in-laws more bearable, but we can help you navigate the craft beer aisle with a list of beers brewed right here in Massachusetts. 

And when all else fails, just change the subject and talk about how great the beer is …

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First Thanksgiving on a Sour Planet!, Aeronaut 
A tart wheat ale, brewed with 180 lbs. of Massachusetts grown apples and exotic cinnamon. A pleasantly refreshing sour with prominent apple pie notes along with warming autumnal spices.

“Gose Well With Cranberries” and “Gose Well With Pumpkin Pie,” Second Wind Brewing Co.
Second Wind Brewing Co., released two beers just in time for Thanksgiving. A split a batch of “Gose Well...” with the first made with pureed pumpkin and holiday spices and the second made with pureed cranberries. Both 4.7 ABV and mildly tart. Available for sale in the taproom only.  

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Kill Your Idles: Crantastic, Idle Hands 
A sour ale brewed with cranberry and blood orange puree then back sweetened with Lactose to balance the acidity. Full of cranberry flavor with just the right amount of citrus notes to keep the beer interesting. The addition of lactose allows for the flavors of the fruit to stand out among the acidic character of the base beer.

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Cranberry Wheat Ale, Stone Cow
An American wheat ale bursting with fresh cranberry flavor and aroma. This trusty Thanksgiving sidekick can hang throughout the entire meal, from first bite to last sip. Especially great for cranberry sauce lovers. 

Goody Two Shoes Kölsch-Style Ale, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. 
This well-carbonated traditional Kölsch is a great partner to Thanksgiving dinner. Higher carbonation helps cut the richness of the turkey, gravy and stuffing and the light body and low ABV won't fill you up, leaving more room for pie. 

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Rising Wind, Moby Dick Brewing Co.
A medium bodied, well balanced German-style, Dortmund/Export lager. What’s a Dortmund/Export lager you ask? As far as German golden lagers go, it breaks down like this: Pilsners are hoppy, Munich lagers are malty, and Dortmund/Export lagers are well balanced. This beer goes well with chicken, turkey and pasta as well as fatty flavorful fish like salmon, swordfish or tuna. 

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Sweet Brown, Castle Island
Castle Island’s limited fall release, Sweet Brown, is a brown ale brewed with sweet potatoes. By including this ingredient, the sweet potatoes are able to provide a rich complexity to the mouthfeel that helps distinctly characterize the beer. Toasted malts also provide deep roasted chocolate and caramel notes that round out the beer and allows it to stand up to any Thanksgiving feast.

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Slumpkin Pumpkin, Somerville Brewing Co.
It’s still Pumpkin beer season. Somerville Brewing recommends Slumkin Pumpkin to pair with dinner and pie. Awarded a Top 10 in the US by Rate My Pumpkins, this beer delights with fresh sugar pumpkin and a tiny hint of spice.

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Storm Door Porter, RiverWalk
When the days get shorter and the shadows longer, the storm door goes on signaling the end of summer. So we meet the season head on with a beer sturdy enough for the harsher weather. Vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks enhance our rich dark malt to create a warming finish to sustain us all until the warmer weather returns.  

With the weather set to bring us the coldest Thanksgiving on record, Storm Door Porter pairs well with roaring fires, full bellies and hearts filled with thanks. Rated the #10 Porter in the country in 2018 by Paste magazine, this beer is the perfect choice for hiding from the weather and relatives alike.

Skwäshbuckle Imperial Porter, Turtle Swamp Brewing Co. 
This beer is named after the linguistic and phonetic spelling of squash, because umlauts are fun. It also shares a surname with Jim Buckle, the New England farmer who grew the 100 pounds of various baking squash that went into this beer. This rich and hearty limited offering is brewed with squash and spices, and pours dark brown with ruby red highlights, foaming up with a frothy, mocha colored head. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and clove, the initial sip of this porter is surprisingly light with notes of brown sugar and only a hint of the heat from its 10.7% ABV. The finish releases more complex notes of dried fruit, banana, clove, and hints of pine from the Cascade hops. 

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Trappist Holiday Ale, Spencer Brewing Co.
Mahogany in color, wholesome in body, lightly spiced, a heart-warming feast day ale from our table to yours.

Hold My Beer

An Employment Lawyer’s Tips For Craft Brewers
By: Brian Casaceli, Associate at Mirick O’Connell

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A few friends and I were recently enjoying a couple ofcold beers at a local brewery – which shall remain nameless to avoid playing favorites!  We discussed how the craft brew movement has been such a positive force not only in Massachusetts, but across the country.  We marveled over the crowds that breweries draw, the diversity and selection of beers (and ciders), and the seemingly endless list of IPAs we need to try. The consensus was that, if we ever found ourselves in a position to be part of such a venture, we would all jump at the opportunity. 

On my drive home that night, the employment lawyer in me took over. Given the significant commitment it takes to establish and operate a brewery, and how quickly breweries can grow, I thought – what employment related issues would a brewery need to address to protect its interests?  Several issues immediately came to mind.     

Protecting the Brewery’s Confidential Information and Trade Secrets Through a Non-Competition Agreement

If not an owner, one of the most essential employees at a brewery is the head brewer or brewmaster – a complex role likely responsible for managing the brewery’s overall operations including hiring and onboarding employees, checking inventory, managing tanks, scheduling, and forecasting production. Given the number of breweries in the Commonwealth, it is easy to foresee a situation where your head brewer/brewmaster might leave your brewery for a competitor.  Such a departure could expose your brewery’s confidential information and trade secrets to a rival brewery.  Fortunately, you may be able to prevent such a scenario from playing out and protect your confidential information and trade secrets by putting a non-competition agreement into place with the head brewer/brewmaster.

As many of you may know, on October 1st, a new law governing the use of non-competition agreements went into effect in Massachusetts.  The law – which sets parameters for how an employer may lawfully enter into a non-competition agreement with certain employees – defines a non-competition agreement as:

[A]n agreement between an employer and an employee, or otherwise arising out of an existing or anticipated employment relationship, under which the employee or expected employee agrees that he or she will not engage in certain specified activities competitive with his or her employer after the employment relationship has ended. 

It is important to note that the law contains many nuances and, for that reason, does not lend itself to a “one-size-fits-all” approach.[1] In fact, given its intricacies, some breweries might opt to forego non-competition agreements altogether and, instead, choose to use other agreements (discussed below) to protect their interests.  Nonetheless, when carefully drafted, non-competition agreements can significantly protect a brewery’s competitive interests.  

Maintaining the Confidentiality of The Perfect IPA Recipe

Perhaps nothing is more sacred to a brewery than its recipes and formulas and the particulars of its brewing process.  To ensure that such information remains private, a brewery should strongly consider having all of its employees who have direct access to such information sign confidentiality agreements.  

Confidentiality agreements, in a nutshell, prohibit an employee from using or disclosing to any individual outside of the company, whether during the course of his/her employment or at any time thereafter, any information the company designates and maintains as confidential, except as necessary to perform his/her job duties.  Thus, in addition to its brewing recipes, a brewery can use a confidentiality agreement to protect a brewery’s trade secrets, other confidential or proprietary information regarding its existing and/or future products, customer lists and/or customer information, business plans, marketing plans and other financial information.  Aside from a confidentiality agreement, breweries should also generally limit access to such information to only those employees who have a business need access to it.        

Protecting Against a Raid of Your Employees and Customers

A brewery can also take steps to prevent departed employees from trying to take the brewery’s remaining employees, and/or its customers through non-solicitation agreements.  Non-solicitation agreements are more narrow than non-competition agreements as they focus on specific activities.    

Employees

If your head brewer or any other employee decides to take a job with another brewery, it is easy to envision how the departing employee might attempt to recruit or solicit other employees to join him/her at the new brewery. To prevent such a situation from happening, breweries should enter into an agreement with their employees that, for a specific amount of time after an employee leaves his/her employment (regardless of the reason), prohibits the employee from recruiting or soliciting for hire any of the brewery’s employees, agents, representatives or consultants.

Customers

A brewery may have an exclusive arrangement with several local restaurants (i.e., customers) that serve its beer/cider on tap.  Breweries should consider a provision that prevents  a sales professional who leaves to join a competitor from using his/her relationship with those restaurants to solicit or do business with them.   

Last Call

Any of the above scenarios can happen in the craft brew industry.  Incorporating the above provisions into your hiring process (or even adopting after the fact) will help protect your business interests, including that secret IPA recipe everyone is trying to get their hands on.  

These are just a few employment-related issues to consider – there are many others out there!  I look forward to regularly submitting articles to the Mass Brewers Guild Newsletter to discuss additional issues as they may relate to craft brewers.  Please feel free to reach out if you have questions on anything mentioned above, or if you want to discuss any other employment related matters.  And, of course, I am always around to grab a beer too!  

[1] Notably, the law prohibits an employer from using non-competition agreements for those employees who are classified as non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Thus, before entering into a non-competition agreement, you must analyze whether the employee, including your head brewer/brewmaster, is lawfully classified as exempt or non-exempt.  It is recommended that brewers contact counsel to assist them with this analysis. 

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Brian Casaceli is an employment attorney in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.  He can be reached at bcasaceli@mirickoconnell.com or (508) 860-1478.  

North Quabbin-based Honest Weight Artisan Beer to Host 3rd Anniversary Party

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ORANGE, MA -- Honest Weight Artisan Beer, founded in 2015 by owner-brewers Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan, invites the public to celebrate three years of beer in their West Main Street tasting room. Honest Weight brews tradition-inspired rustic ales and lagers, produced with a modern sensibility and with an eye toward exacting detail. The 3rd Anniversary Party will feature special bottle releases, exclusive beers on tap, local food vendors and a DJ dance party.

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Saturday, November 10th Honest Weight Artisan Beer celebrates its three year anniversary with a day-long celebration in the its tasting room located in Orange, MA. The party is scheduled 12:00-11:00 PM.

Situated beside the Millers River in the former Minute Tapioca and Bedroom factory, the brewery within the current Orange Innovation Center proudly features its regional pride and manufacturing history along its walls. The tasting room is a regular hangout for the residents of neighboring towns and has become a destination for craft beer seekers. Owner-brewers Nolan and Sullivan opened the doors to their brewery in November 2015, offering samples and growlers to go. Nearly three years later, Honest Weight Artisan Beer is on draft and on shelves at over 100 bars, restaurants and package stores statewide. The tasting room currently offers pours of draft and bottled beer to enjoy onsite, bottles and growlers to go and plays host to various events from yoga classes to trivia nights and dance parties.

With two previous anniversary events under its belt, the Honest Weight Artisan Beer family is poised to present an exciting and memorable Three Year Anniversary Party. The day kicks off Saturday, November 10 at 12:00 PM in the tasting room. The barrel room down the hall will be open with exclusive new and vintage bottles for sale. The party’s food offerings will be catered by Athol’s Soup on the Fly from 12:00 - 8:00 PM. Evening dance party festivities will kick off at 8:00 PM with DJ Just Joan and continue until 11:00 PM.

Honest Weight Artisan Beer was founded by two best friends to bring fresh, quality beer to the North Quabbin town of Orange, Massachusetts. Owners Nolan and Sullivan aim to consistently produce delicious beer that is balanced, distinctive and inspired.

The brewery is located within the Orange Innovation Center: 131 West Main Street, Unit 104, Orange, MA 01364. For further event information please contact Event Coordinator, Sally Noble at: sally@honestweightbeer.com. Contact the tasting room at (413) 313-4412.

Is Crowdfunding for You?

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By Julie O’Neill
Starting a new brewery takes money. Is crowdfunding the way to raise the funds you need?

Crowdfunding allows a company to raise money online without registration under securities laws. There are other exemptions from registration, the most popular being the safe harbor of Regulation D (“Reg D”) for private placements.

To use the Reg D safe harbor exemption, the company seeking investment is supposed to have a “preexisting relationship” with the investors it targets, and there are limits on the number of “unaccredited” investors to whom  the company can sell stock or other equity securities. If you do sell securities to unaccredited investors under Reg D, you need to comply with detailed disclosure requirements, and provide that disclosure to all your potential investors, whether accredited or unaccredited. For individuals, one is “accredited” if he or she has a net worth of at least $1 million, or an annual income of at least $200,000, or $300,000 with one’s spouse.

The new crowdfunding rules allow a company to bypass the preexisting relationship and accredited investor limitations, but there are issues with crowdfunding that should make you think twice before going that route for your brewery’s financing:

  • You will have to file disclosure documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at least 21 days prior to the initial closing. If there are subsequent material changes, you will need to file an amendment. You will also have to file regular progress updates and annual reports with the SEC. (Reg D does not require the filing of disclosure documents with the SEC.)
  • Crowdfunding offerings can only be done online through a registered broker-dealer or funding portal, both of which charge fees for their services – usually 3% to 10% of the offering amount. (Reg D does not require the use of a broker-dealer or funding portal.)
  • The crowdfunding rules limit you to a maximum raise of $1 million in any 12 month period. (Rule 506 of Reg D has no dollar limitation.)

The crowdfunding rules limit how much each investor can invest (Reg D does not). Because of these limits, your company could end up with tens or hundreds of equity holders who have each invested a very small amount. This can make getting equity holder consents and filing your tax returns a huge burden; it can also cause problems with later financings and exit transactions.

Even more to celebrate this Labor Day Weekend at Naukabout Brewery & Taproom

After Only Five Months The Cape’s Newest Brewery (Naukabout Brewery & Taproom) Expands. Tripling The Outdoor Beer Garden Space Just In Time For Labor Day’s NauktoberFest Celebration With The Wahlburgers Food Truck.

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The Naukabout Brewery & Taproom opened to the public on March 29th, 2018 in Mashpee, MA on Cape Cod. After just five months in operation, Naukabout is expanding their lakeside beer garden space. Adding over 4,000 new square feet of patio they have more than tripled their outdoor space. Nestled alongside Lake Mashpee and the Mashpee River the new patio offers beer lovers a unique location to try one of the small-batch, hop-forward beers brewed right there in Mashpee. To celebrate the opening of the new beer garden Naukabout is hosting NauktoberFest this Labor Day weekend on Saturday 9/1 & Sunday 9/2 (11am-10pm). 

While Oktoberfest traditionally starts in late September, Nauktoberfest allows visitors and locals to partake in both the Summer and Harvest Season of Cape Cod. Joining the fun on Saturday is local favorite the Wahlburgers food truck; who will be serving up their classic burgers. On Sunday, celebrity Chef Jay Powell will be serving up some traditional Oktoberfest foods, kettle corn, and cotton candy. Naukabout will be releasing three brand new beers (Fest, Pumpkin and a new New England IPA). Games, activities and contests are lined up throughout the weekend: stein hoisting, grain sack toss, face painting, barrel rolling, stein hoisting, sausage toss and a costume/crazy hair contests (sign-ups on naukabout.com or at the taproom). 

With four separate terraced patio areas, visitors get the chance to experience the historic property from a variety of viewpoints. 

“We always wanted to expand our beer garden and we’re excited to be able to have it open for Labor Day. We built a brewery in a Cape Cod style house that's tucked away in the woods, perched up on a hill, between two bodies of freshwater. It makes for a unique Cape backdrop to enjoy a beer while playing games, watching the game or hanging with family and friends. Nauktoberfest is the perfect way to celebrate the grand opening of our expanded beer garden.”   - Peter Murner, Owner/GM

The Nauktoberfest event not only celebrates the completion of the beer garden expansion, but it kicks off a new phase for the Naukabout Brewery & Taproom. From football and baseball viewing parties to private events, concerts, fundraisers and other gatherings…Naukabout is excited to share their new space with the local community and to work with beer lovers who are looking for a place to host or attend a unique craft beer-focused event.

METROWEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO PRESENT LOOKOUT FARM HARVEST FEST SEPTEMBER 9TH IN NATICK, MA

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Natick, MA - August 21, 2018 -Autumn in New England just got better! The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce announced that they will present the first ever Lookout Farm Harvest Fest September 9th from 12 NOON to 6:00PM in Natick, MA, to support programs and scholarships offered by the Chamber and its MetroWest Chamber Educational Foundation. The afternoon will be filled with live music, food, local vendors and exhibitors, craft brewers who incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and a variety of family-friendly events. Tickets are available now at www.lookoutfarm.com and www.metrowest.org.

Established in 1651, Lookout Farm is one of the oldest continuously working farms in the United States. on 180 exquisite acres with over 60,000 fruit trees. The farm is owned by local residents Joan and Steve Belkin who embrace a philosophy of healthy nutrition and respect for the environment.

The MetroWest Chamber welcomed the opportunity to partner with Lookout Farm to promote and celebrate how innovative businesses can continuously reinvent themselves and grow, while at the same time contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by so many MetroWest community members.

“What the Belkins have accomplished here is an extraordinary example of how farming in 21st Century suburban Boston can not only ‘survive,’ but significantly contribute to the local community and economy,” said Paul Joseph, President and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and its Educational Foundation. “Diversifying beyond its traditional farming and ‘U-Pick’ operations, Lookout Farm now brews craft beer and hard ciders and hosts a variety of community and commercial events, often in partnership with local businesses and non-profit organizations like ours.

“We also wanted to celebrate innovative business models that have a positive impact on our quality of life in MetroWest. Modern agribusiness is a great example that touches everyone - on the dinner table, in our healthcare, via clean energy initiatives, or at a local pub. Local businesses not only contribute by creating jobs and tax revenue to our communities, but also by partnering to preserve open space and support cultural, educational, environmental, and social programs.”

Families can enjoy Lookout Farm’s signature activities that include such fun as train rides, oversized lawn games, a chill zone, farm-themed play area, children’s caterpillar ride, farm maze, hay pyramid, imagination playground blocks, moon bounces and children’s face painting. Local vendors and exhibitors will also be on site for a day of fall activities.

In addition to the food offerings from Lookout Farm,Firefly’s BBQ will serve their award winning bbq dishes. Music lovers can enjoy a full afternoon of live bands including two sets of country rock with Dalton and the Sheriffs, and performances featuring the tribal folk thump of Planet Nowhere and Portland, ME-based acoustic duo, Eastern Screech.

For craft beer enthusiasts there will be no shortage of selections at the Harvest Fest Craft Beer Pavilion. This ‘festival within the festival’ will present offerings from Bad Martha Brewing Company, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Castle Island Brewing Company, Exhibit A Brewing Company, Flying Ales Brewing, Ipswich Ale Brewery, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, River Styx Brewing, Turtle Swamp Brewing, Wormtown Brewery as well as Lookout Farm Hard Cider and Lookout Farm Brewing Company,

“Harvest Fest is a great opportunity for us to showcase Lookout Farm, local agriculture and the businesses that support farming and the environment,” said Jay Mofenson of Lookout Farm. “Participating brewers are encouraged to source and incorporate local ingredients into their products and Harvest Fest gives us the opportunity to continue the conversation about the importance of local businesses, farming and sustainability.”

For tickets and additional information, including sponsorship and exhibitor/vendor booth opportunities, visit www.lookoutfarm.com and www.metrowest.org.

2019 Elections: Call for MBG Board Member Candidates

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Members of the Mass Brewers Guild (MBG) board of directors are volunteers that serve to further the work of the association and its mission -- to protect and promote the interests of Massachusetts craft brewers. 

Unlike many nonprofit boards that serve to advise the organization’s staff, MBG board members also have to serve as staff, and work on behalf of the organization to deliver the created objectives and goals. With the support of only one full-time staff member, board members spend an average of 10 to 25 hours a month working on the MBG’s initiatives -- depending on the project or work cycle.

The guild board of directors currently holds nine seats, four of which are up for election in January 2019.

After serving as veteran board members since the MBG’s inception, both Drew Brosseau from Mayflower Brewing Co., and Michelle Sullivan from Boston Beer Co., have reached their term limits and therefore cannot re-run this year. They will remain supportive and passionate guides to the board of directors when called upon for advice and are welcome to re-run in 2020. Rob Burns, current MBG President and co-founder of Night Shift, and Ryan Daigle, from Gardner Ale House / Moon Hill Brewing Co., will rerun for a two-year term (the 2019 to 2021 calendar year.) 

The MBG’s board is seeking brewers, and brewery staff to consider joining the nonprofit’s leadership team to help further its work by donating their time, expertise and passion for the industry. 

The board’s nominating committee, which consists of Sam Hendler from Jack’s Abby Brewing Co. and Keith Sullivan from Medusa Brewing Co., are now accepting resumes with a letter of intent detailing the goals and or changes that the candidates would like to help implement within the organization. The deadline for submission is Oct. 5 and all candidates will be expected to speak before membership at the fall member meetup on Oct. 30 at Wachusett Brewing Co. 

Those submitting their resume should plan to get involved with the organization prior to the start of the year by joining a working committee. It will be important for the nominating committee to see a strong commitment from individuals wishing to have a seat on the board. 

The board seeks to diversify its members and strengthen its geographical representation. They are looking for all areas of expertise -- from law to marketing, to fundraising, event planning and general leadership. The nominating committee will put forth candidates that demonstrate a willingness to work together on issues and help serve the craft beer community. 

In December 2018, paid brewery members will have the opportunity to cast their vote to fill all four seats. If you are unsure of your membership standing with the MBG please reach out to the MBG’s executive director. 

A committed and passionate board is essential to accomplishing the work of the Mass Brewers Guild. Now more than ever, it’s vital for a strong board and leadership team to help guide the Massachusetts craft beer community forward and serve as a unified voice when confronting all issues that impact the industry. 

Those interested in joining the board can send their resume and cover letter to the MBG’s executive director, Katie Stinchon at Katie@massbrewersguild.org for review. In your cover letter please answer the following questions: 

·       Why do you want to join the MBG’s board of directors? 

·       Realistically, how much time you can dedicate to the organization a month?

·       Which committee you would like to donate your time to?

·       What major issues would you like to be involved in and how would you change them? 

What’s expected of MBG Board Members? MBG Board Members Will: 

·      Interpret the organization's work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson

·      Listen carefully to board colleagues and members of the craft beer community 

·      Respect the opinion of fellow board members

·      Respect and support majority decisions of the board

·      Recognize that all authority is vested in the full board only when it meets in legal sessions

·      Keep well-informed about developments relevant to issues that may come before the board

·      Attend bi-monthly board meetings (six a year – 1.5 hours long) and understand that they may be relieved of board duties if they miss more than two meetings 

·      Actively participate in board meetings and actions

·      Become actively involved in at least one committee – driving goals and accomplishing tasks – (Marketing, Events, Government Affairs, and Membership) 

·      Support MBG events and initiatives through participation

·      Bring to the attention of the board any issues that will have an adverse effect on the organization or those we serve

·      Refer complaints to the proper level on the chain of command

·      Recognize that the job of a board member is to ensure that the organization is well-managed, not to manage the nonprofit

·      Represent all of those whom this nonprofit serves, not just a particular geographic area or interest group

·      Consider yourself a “trustee” of the nonprofit and do your best to ensure that it is well-maintained, financially secure, growing and always operating in the best interests of those we serve

·      Declare conflicts of interest between your personal life and position on the board, and abstain from voting or discussion when appropriate

MBG Board Members Will Not:

·      Criticize fellow board members or their opinions, in or out of the board room

·      Use the nonprofit organization for your personal advantage or that of your friends or relatives

·      Discuss the confidential proceedings of the board outside the board room

·      Interfere with the duties of the administrator or undermine the administrator’s authority with staff 

As a board member, the organization is responsible to you in the following ways: 

·      To keep its board members regularly updated on the organizational activities, programs, policies, goals and objectives as appropriate

·      It is expected that board members and the Executive Director will respond in a straightforward fashion to questions that are necessary to carry out fiscal, legal and moral responsibilities to the organization

·      If the organization does not fulfill its commitments, board members may call upon the Board President and E.D. to discuss the organization’s responsibilities

·      The organization will carry directors and officers’ liability insurance