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About New Mexico Brewers Guild

The mission of the New Mexico Brewers Guild is to promote and protect New Mexico's craft brewers. The Guild has been successful in lobbying for:

  • Excise tax relief for growing breweries

  • A third off-site tasting room for breweries

  • The right to hold both beer & wine and distribution permits

  • Alternating proprietorship for brewery partnerships

  • The right to fill and sell growlers

  • The right to serve New Mexico wine and cider in breweries and tap rooms

History

The New Mexico Brewers Guild began in the mid-1990s as an informal gathering of professional brewers who shared a passion for craft beer. In its early days the Guild met occasionally to share ideas, quaff experimental brews, trade ingredients, and join in friendly competition in the annual IPA Challenge. Many of these same brewers launched the Guild as an official 501(c)(6) entity in 2012. You may not know it, but as a new brewery or brewery in planning, you have already benefited by the considerable efforts of the New Mexico Brewers Guild and its members!



Executive Director and Board of Directors

  • John Gozigian
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    Executive Director
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    A native of the Rochester, NY area, John grew up drinking local beer from a medium-size regional brewery that survived prohibition and the ensuing consolidation of the American brewing industry. That’s right – he grew up drinking local beer – back in the days when a youngster could take a sip from his Dad’s tin can of Genesee beer without causing so much as a raised eyebrow.
    Now, after many years as a brewery owner and operator, John spends his time providing advice – often unsolicited – to his former peers and new industry members.

  • David Kimbell
    Board Member, Events Committee, Membership Committee, Bombs Away Beer Company
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    David Kimbell is the Head Brewer/Co-Owner of Bombs Away Beer Company. A native New Mexican, David has observed the economic struggles New Mexico has endured. There are few industries creating economic opportunity like the beer industry in New Mexico. A UNM graduate, David has made it his mission to further the growth of New Mexico’s beer scene and for New Mexico to be known as the best beer state in terms of quality in America.

  • Anne O'Neill
    Board President/Executive Chair, Events Committee, Sidetrack Brewing Co.
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    Anne O’Neill is co-founder of Sidetrack Brewing Co., a small brewery and taproom. Anne manages the taproom at Sidetrack. Her main areas of focus are event/entertainment/food truck coordination and employee management. Anne is also interested in the brewing process and assists in the brewery and in cellar duties. In addition to her work at Sidetrack, Anne is a Registered Dietitian with UNM.

  • Jeff Erway
    Board Member, Legislative/Regulatory Committee Chair, Technical Committee, La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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    A native New Yorker that transplanted to NM in 2002 to follow a girl and teach Music, Jeff began following his dreams of brewing beer for a living a decade ago, and in 2010, he founded La Cumbre Brewing Co. in Albuquerque, NM. In 2012, Jeff helped to organize the New Mexico Brewers Guild and served on the Board of Directors until 2016. During his tenure, Jeff worked closely with other Board members, legislators and lobbyists to pass excise tax reform, and create an Albuquerque Brewery District. As the technical director for the Guild, Jeff organized the first two Technical Conferences, bringing dozens of the state’s brewers together to grow and learn from one another. Jeff has served as a judge at the Great American Beer Festival since 2011, has spoken at the Craft Brewers Conference, and presented seminars and classes at several Universities and trade shows on subjects as varied as food safety compliance, utility infrastructure and yeast care. In addition to his responsibilities at La Cumbre Brewing Co., Jeff spends his weekends corralling two wonderful little boys with his wife Laura.

  • Ken Carson
    Board Member, Finance Committee Chair, Legislative/Regulatory Committee, Nexus Brewery
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    Ken Carson Jr., an Albuquerque, New Mexico native, graduated from New Mexico State University. Ken was appointed by Governor Gary Carruthers as Director of the NM State Banking department in 1987 and was reappointed to the position by Governor Bruce King. In 1993, Ken was appointed President of the Bank of Belen, which is now MyBank of Belen. Over the next 14 years Ken and his staff grew the bank from $7 to $150 million in assets with 5 branches located in 3 counties.

    Ken opened Nexus brewery in May 2011. Having never been in the business he looked at all types of food and did research on the internet to find a menu he thought was unique. After researching other ideas he came up with the idea to blend New Mexico cuisine with Soul Food. The concept worked well. Nexus has consistently been rated as one of the best restaurant/breweries in Albuquerque.

  • Bert Boyce
    Board Member, Technical Committee Chair, Santa Fe Brewing Co.
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  • Jessica Griego
    Board Member, Events Committee Chair, Finance Committee, Bosque Brewing Co.
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    Jessica Griego has been with Bosque Brewing Co. since its opening in October 2012. Jessica began her journey as a server, and as Bosque evolved, she evolved with it. Jessica has opened three satellite taprooms, led multiple taproom expansions, and assisted with other business expansions, including the launch of Bosque’s package products statewide in 2016. One of her favorite aspects of this job has been developing beer training, brewery tours, and other educational programs company wide. There is nothing more rewarding to Jessica than seeing her co-workers truly engaged in their jobs and loving what they do.

  • Jayson Wylie
    Board Member, Membership Committee Chair, Taos Mesa Brewing Co.
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    Jayson Wylie, head brewer and managing partner of Taos Mesa Brewing, was originally turned onto craft beer while serving in US Army. German beers were certainly a catalyst for the US craft movement, as well Wylie’s passion for good beer.  While studying history at the University of Kansas, Wylie spent a great deal of time “researching” at The Free State Brewing Co—founded in 1989, this was the first legal brewery in the state of Kansas in over 100 years. It was here that Wylie cemented his fondness of craft beer, as well as beginning his self-education in brewing science.  Post-graduation in 1999, Wylie relocated to Taos, NM where he continued his zymurgical quest home brewing. In 2012, Wylie turned his hobby into a profession as one of the founders of Taos Mesa Brewing Co. Now, with 3 locations in Taos, Taos Mesa Brewing is on track to produce 2000 bbl this year, with their eye on the distribution market. PROST!

Contact Us

Address

New Mexico Brewer’s Guild
9109 Santa Lucia Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122