Meeting for the first time on March 29 at Craft Brewers Conference 13 in Washington, D.C., the reconstituted North American Guild of Beer Writers elected a board of directors.
Elected co-chairs were Don Russell, Joe Sixpack columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and executive director of Philly Beer Week, and Jay Brooks, of Cotati, Calif., columnist, author and editor of the Brookston Beer Bulletin.
Steve Hamburg, of the Chicago Beer Society was elected treasurer, while Ken Weaver, of Petaluma Calif., author and freelance writer, was elected secretary.
John Holl, of Jersey City, N.J., editor of All About Beer magazine and BeerBriefing.com, was elected awards competition chair.
Alan J. Wax, of Dix Hills, N.Y., freelance writer and editor of Corkscapsandtaps.com was elected membership chair.
Ben Keene, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a freelance writer and editor of the Where and Back blog, was elected social media chair.
Lucy Saunders, of Milwaukee, Wis., author and writer, was elected a director.
Stan Hieronymus, of Corrales, N.M., author, editor at RealBeer.com and editor of Appellationbeer.com, was elected a director at large along, Heather Vandenengel, of Boston, Mass., author of the Honest Pint on DigBoston.com.
The group is organizing a writing competition and planning future gatherings to coincide with the Brewers Association Savor eventnin New York City in June and Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wis., in August.
The organization offers three levels of membership: full-membership for writers, industry membership for those employed in the brewing or allied trades and associate membership for those interested in supporting the group. More information is available at the NAGBW website.