The Massachusetts Brewers Guild has hired Kristen Sykes to be its first executive director. Founded in 2007, the guild promotes craft brewing and protects the interests of craft brewers in the state.
“We are excited to have Kristen represent the Brewers Guild and to help fulfill our goal of promoting Massachusetts craft beer throughout the Bay State,” Rob Martin, Guild President and President of Ipswich Ale Brewery, said in a press release. “Her passion for craft beer and experience in the non-profit world are going to help us take the Guild to the next level.”
Sykes is a certified judge through the Beer Judge Certification Program and is a founder and president of the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (BABES), a women’s beer club founded in November 2011.
“I am thrilled to be promoting the fantastic breweries in the state of Massachusetts. The quality has never been better, the range of styles has never been greater, and the number of breweries has never been higher,” said Sykes
Part of Sykes's work will include organizing the Mass Brewers Guild Fest, which takes place annually at the end of August in Boston.