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Arizona Craft Brewers Executive Director to Join
Arizona Wine Growers Association Board of Directors
AWGA announces addition of Rob Fullmer
TEMPE (June. 19, 2020) – The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) announced the addition of Rob Fullmer, executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, to the AWGA board of directors. Fullmer will serve as Tourism/Community/Education Representative and sit on the Marketing committee and the Legislative committee.
“It has been a long-term goal to create more understanding and cooperation between alcohol producers in Arizona and I think this is a great step for all of us. I bring the collaborative spirit of our brewers and a wiliness to listen and learn from our wine growers. It’s time for our Arizona wine makers, brewers, and distillers to work together to claim market share and remove policy barriers that limit our success and keep us divided.”
Fullmer also serves on the board of the Arizona License Beverage Association (ALBA) and is the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the brewer’s guild.
Fullmer joins newly elected board of director members Kim Koistinen, Northern Arizona Representative, Chateau Tumbleweed; Kelly Bostock, At-Large Representative, Dos Cabezas WineWorks; Kent Callaghan (Re-elected and returning), Southern Arizona Representative/Membership Chair, Callaghan Vineyards; Jesse Noble, South Eastern Arizona Representative, Grower, Buhl Memorial Vineyard; and Tracy Dempsey, Hospitality Representative, Owner & Baker Tracey Dempsey Originals.
Returning AWGA board members include Kris Pothier, Northern Arizona Representative, Chateau Tumbleweed;
Maynard James Keenan, At-Large Representative/Marketing Chair, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards; Brooke Ide, Southern AZ Representative/Event Committee Chair , Vino Bandito Vineyards; Pavle Milic, Southern Arizona Representative, F n B Restaurant & Los Milic’s; and Barb Coons, Past President, 4 Tails Vineyard.
About Rob Fullmer
Fullmer has headed the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild for almost 7 years and successfully campaigned the Arizona Beer Bill (SB-1030) into law five years ago. The bill lifted the barrelage cap that put Arizona breweries at a disadvantage compared to neighboring states. The bill also allowed breweries to sell collaboration beers made with other Arizona breweries. During Fullmer’s tenure, the guild increased its membership from 25 to 100 breweries, allied membership grew an additional 100 members. The guild’s premier event, Arizona Strong Beer Festival grew to the largest single day beer festival in the southwest with crowds approaching 10,000.
About the Arizona Wine Growers Association
The Arizona Wine Growers Association stands as a proud advocate for growth, change, opportunities and strength in all aspects of wine growing, making, selling and drinking. Representing over 100 vineyard owners, grapegrowers, winemakers and supporting businesses, the AWGA is committed to working together to advance the growth, knowledge, and reputation of Arizona wine. Learn more at https://azwinegrowersassociation.com.
About the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild
The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was established in 1998 and represents nearly 100 breweries, breweries in the planning stages, craft beer bars, partners and distributors across the state of Arizona. The Guild promotes the craft brewing industry in Arizona by providing educational opportunities to brewers, distributors and consumers and promotes quality craft beers and the responsible consumption of those products. Visit chooseazbrews.com for more information. Proceeds also benefit the Arizona Craft Brewers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation supports medical hardships and educational challenges of brewing industry employees that live and work in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation visit chooseazbrews.com/foundation.
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