Colorado Brewers Guild Hires DC lawyer Andres Gil Zaldana As New Director – Westword

Dustin Hall

The CBG has several upcoming priorities and events scheduled including the 4th annual Collaboration Beer Fest on Saturday, March 25th. Collaboration Fest will feature more than 100 beer projects with more than 180 participating breweries. This festival not only celebrates the spirit of Colorado craft beer, it is the signature event for Colorado Craft Beer Week which takes places from March 18th – March 25th.

Last June, fourteen breweries, including the state’s four largest — New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell and Left Hand — split off from the Guild to form their own craft-beer organization; the others defectors were Funkwerks, Renegade, Epic Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, Bristol Brewing, Mountain Sun, Grimm Brothers, TRVE Brewing, Four Noses and Wibby. The breweries cited several reasons for their action, including frustration with the Carlson’s leadership, the continuing presence of Breckenridge Brewery (which was purchased by Budweiser parent company AB InBev in 2015) in the group, and a lack of effective advocacy and transparency.

Washington, D.C., attorney Andres Gil Zaldana will take over as executive director of the Guild, which advocates for and represents the interests of more than100 Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. Gil Zaldana has previously focused on helping trade associations and private clients with finance, tax and regulatory relief.

In January, the Guild began looking for a new executive director under the leadership of Kim Jordan, co-founder and head of New Belgium Brewing, the fourth largest craft brewery in the nation.

Seven months after longtime Colorado Brewers Guild director John Carlson stepped down in the midst of a dispute among its brewery members, the nonprofit organization has hired a new leader.

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