One of craft beer’s most recognizable voices is returning to the Brewers Association as the executive director of the American Homebrewers Association.
We were shocked when the Brewers Association let her go and happy to learn that Julia Herz is returning.
Here’s the deal…
On November 29 The Brewers Association, (BA) the Boulder, Colorado-based craft beer not-for-profit trade association announced the return of Julia Herz, who exited the organization in 2020, this time as the executive director of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) the BA’s homebrewing arm.
With more than two decades of experience in the brewing industry, including two prior roles at the Brewers Association, Herz is one of craft beer’s most informed and passionate voices.
She’s also an award-winning homebrewer, a BJCP certified beer judge, an Advanced Cicerone, a beer educator, and co-author of Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros and CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Course.
Herz’s accomplishments include creating and publishing Craftbeer.com where she served as Editor for a period, overseeing the BA’s beer holidays and spearheading the organization’s independent craft brewer seal campaign.
“The Brewers Association is pleased to welcome back Julia, an accomplished homebrewer, beer educator and evangelist whose exuberance has had a positive impact throughout the craft brewing community,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association….
“Julia has been integral to the success of the Brewers Association in her past role as the craft beer program director, contributing to the elevation of craft beer and the advancement of the community. We’re confident that her energy and passion will drive growth for the American Homebrewers Association and the hobby of homebrewing.”
“My brewing journey began in 1991 with my first batch of homebrew. I’ve spent many years since as a fierce advocate for the craft brewing community and now, many batches of homebrew later, said Herz. “I can’t wait to walk in the footsteps of so many amazing people as leader of the AHA.”
“I will always consider myself a beer beginner on an endless journey to learn more about the art of craft beer and the AHA is the perfect place to do that. I genuinely believe in the reward and value of the hobby and am eager to showcase homebrewing to new audiences.”