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14th April 2022

Brewers Association Announces Inaugural Mentor of Year Award Recipients

Annette May and Ramon Tamayo recognized for outstanding inspiration and leadership

The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, announced the recipients of its inaugural Mentor of the Year Award: Annette May and Ramon Tamayo.

“Through the larger mentorship program and our wonderful volunteer mentors, we’re moving the needle in the craft beer community by providing people with the tools and resources to be successful—especially those up against larger barriers,” said Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, equity and inclusion partner at the Brewers Association. “I’m proud to see Annette and Ramon making lasting, positive, ripple effects in the industry; they are setting a strong foundation to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry professionals.”

The Brewers Association mentorship program aims to increase the diversity of the workforce, leadership, and ownership of small and independent breweries by providing structured mentoring and advocacy to those experiencing barriers to access or advancement in the industry. Since the program’s inception 15 months ago, 86 mentors have guided 89 individuals looking to develop their knowledge and skills in the craft brewing community. The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes volunteer mentors who provided outstanding mentorship to program participants and championed those who experience barriers to access and advancement in their professional journeys.

“Mentoring is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact in someone’s life,” said May, a founding faculty member of the Schoolcraft College Brewing and Distillation Technology program and the first woman to become a Certified Cicerone®. “From serving and tasting beer to Craft Beer 101, I’m happy 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 band together to help 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, both fellow mentors and mentees and heard so many wonderful stories. It was an inspiring experience that I am truly grateful to have been a part.”

Both award winners will be honored at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference® in Minneapolis. To read more about the mentors, see here.

The Brewers Association recently announced the selection of the third mentorship program cohort; with 34 participants, it is the largest cohort to date. To learn more about the Brewers Association’s mentorship program or apply to participate as a mentor or mentee, see here.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweries and more than 38,000 homebrewers. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con™, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® and Zymurgy® magazines, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Press release from the Brewers Association

Erin Key (on behalf of the Brewers Association)