Colorado Brewers Guild Hires New Executive Director
- March 21, 2017 -
After seven months without one, the Colorado Brewers Guild has hired a new Executive Director. Say "cheers" to Andres Gil Zaldana, fresh from law practice in DC. Andres fills the void left after Jon Carlson left CBG in July, and takes charge of a trade group only recently reunited after a membership dispute. Check out our past coverage in Don't Miss This and Colorado Craft News.

You can read all about Andres' new gig at the CBG website, but here's a taste:

"We're extremely pleased that Andres has joined the Guild as its new executive director," said Eric Wallace, chairman of the CBG Board of Directors. "Andres' history of advocating for small businesses will be an immediate benefit to us, especially as the Guild works to ensure a business and regulatory climate that benefits all of our members."

Gil Zaldana will work closely with current staff members Steve Kurowski and Shawnee Adelson on CBG's priorities, including its legislative agenda, events, and opportunities for member engagement and education.

Good Luck Andres, and Welcome to the State of Craft Beer!
Budweiser Plans For Big Things On Mars
- March 21, 2017 -
Ask the folks in Crested Butte who are still picking bright blue paint flecks out of their teeth, gardens and streets just how inventive Budweiser's PR gigs can get. With barrels of cash, you can do a lot or crazy stuff.

But we gotta love this one. And maybe it's not that crazy. As a Space Foundation Certified Space Imagination Product ourselves, this story about a panel discussion at SXSW last week in Austin, courtesy Fast Company, appeared on our radar and space-base infrared, and we thought you might want to know about InBev's galactic domination plans:

From the story: The panel was very exciting for the Budweiser folks hosting it, who seemed well-versed in the problems that come with drinking beer in space. In order to drive that point home to an audience that has spent less time considering the physics of carbonation, they laid out the challenges mankind will face as it begins to develop beer for the humans who will eventually be visiting the Red Planet: In addition to the whole gravity thing, the lack of water will make brewing difficult, the lack of direct sunlight will make it difficult to grow hops, the carbonation causing a yucky-sounding problem known as "wet burps," and the fact that you can taste less food in space because your tongue swells. These are the challenges Budweiser announced that it's committed to solving.

How much total seriousness this garners remains to be seen. But beer in space? Hell yeah! What's not to like about that? All this is just getting off the ground, and we'll keep you posted as it accelerates into orbit and beyond.

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