AHA Director Gary Glass was unfortunately cut in this round as well
The Brewers Association has announced a second round of layoffs, cutting 17% of its workforce, the national trade group confirmed to Brewbound.
The layoff amounted to nine additional employees of the BA, including one of its most recognizable faces and advocates for small and independent U.S. craft brewers: Julia Herz.
Herz had worked for the BA for more than 13 years, last serving as craft beer program director and publisher of CraftBeer.com. Denver alt-weekly newspaper Westword first reported Herz’s departure from the BA.
Herz, who has already updated her LinkedIn profile with a new venture, HerzMuses Enterprises, in which she lists her new role as “advocate and educator,” played that same role with the BA and became one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated craft brewing industry.
Other people confirmed to be included in this round of cuts include several long-time employees:
The BA has now cut its workforce by more than a third. In April, the BA laid off 23% of its staff and enacted tiered salary reduction for management. Among the cuts earlier this year was Andy Sparhawk, digital content editor for CraftBeer.com, who had been with the BA for 11 years.
- Acacia Coast, who served as brewers guilds manager on the BA’s government affairs team, and worked for the organization for nearly a decade;
- Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, who had been with the organization for 20 years;
- Kathryn Porter Drapeau, event association director, who had been with the group for more than 19 years.