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Brewers Association Announces Inaugural Mentor of the Year Award

Annette May and Ramon Tamayo recognized for their exceptional inspiration and leadership

The Brewers Association (BA), the nonprofit trade association dedicated to small, independent American craft brewers, today announced the recipients of its first Mentor of the Year Award: Annette May and Ramon Tamayo.

“Through the larger mentorship program and our wonderful volunteer mentors, we are moving the needle forward in the craft beer community by providing people with the tools and resources to succeed, especially those who face obstacles. more important,” said Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Equity and Inclusion Partner at the Brewers Association. “I am proud to see Annette and Ramon creating lasting and positive ripple effects in the industry; they establish a solid foundation to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

“Mentoring is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact in someone’s life,” said May, a founding member of Schoolcraft College’s Brewing and Distilling Technology program and the first woman to become Cicerone certified.®. “From serving and tasting beer at Craft Beer 101, I’m excited to have the chance to help mentor people who are looking to grow and thrive in the craft beer industry.”

“As a brewing community, we need to come together to facilitate the continued growth of our members,” said Tamayo, Brewing Manager for Magnolia Brewing Co. “Through this program, I’ve met so many great people, at the time from fellow mentors and mentees and heard so many wonderful stories. It was an inspiring experience that I am truly grateful to have been part of.

The two winners will be honored this year Craft Brewers Conference® in Minneapolis. Learn more about mentors.

The Brewers Association recently announced the selection of the third cohort of the mentorship program; with 34 participants, it is the largest cohort to date. Learn more about the Brewers Association Mentorship Program or apply to participate as a mentor or mentee.

Contact: Erin Key (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 970.963.4873 x1232

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the nonprofit trade association dedicated to America’s small, independent brewers, their beers, and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents more than 5,600 American breweries. The BA Independent Craft Brewer Seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers from small independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the beer world cup®, Great American Oktoberfest®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, FLAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Dining Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The new brewer® magazines, and Brewers publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the United States. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the vibrant world of craft beer at® and on homebrewing via BAs American Homebrew Association® and free Brewing Guru® mobile app. follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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