Jim Woods is the founder and CEO of Woods Beer & Wine Co, a family of bars, brewpubs, and wineries around the San Francisco Bay Area. They make creative, small-batch beer and wine inspired by nature, place, and tradition.
Lynne Weaver is the Founder and CEO of Three Weavers Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Inglewood, CA. As Founder and CEO, Lynne leads all aspects of the brewery, including operations, finance and sales.
As a former homebrewer, Lynne loved sharing her beers with family and friends. It was at these gatherings that the importance of the relationship between beer and community came to light and the idea for a new craft brewery was born. Rooted in the mission to promote a positive sense of community through her passion for craft beer, Lynne founded Three Weavers Brewing Company in 2013.
In three short years, Lynne has cultivated and guided the growth of Three Weavers, forecasting 2017 production of 12,000 BBL’s and expansion of the Inglewood brewery and its team.
Before founding Three Weavers, Lynne held designations as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS and was the Lead Real Estate Tax Consultant and Accountant for a Real Estate Tax Consulting firm.
With a growing brewery, Lynne remains committed to the brewery’s mission to build community and leverages her financial planning experience and expertise to provide counsel and guidance to management teams of local craft breweries.
Lynne lives in Los Angeles, with her husband, Jonathan Weaver, and their three daughters (aka the Three Weavers). Lynne received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Laurie Porter started Smog City Brewing Co. with her husband Jonathan 8 years ago and has quickly become an industry leader in the Los Angeles craft beer scene while building a strong following for her brewery with a great community of customers. She helps run every aspect of the business, from brand building to taproom operations to bookkeeping, with a focus on providing customers with a great experience and making Smog City Brewing Co. the best brewery in Los Angeles. Laurie’s ability to foster relationships with community, political, and non-profit organizations has been key to telling the Smog City story and help give back to the local community at the same time. Laurie is also deeply invested in the L.A. County Brewers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Craft Brewers Association, helping to define how the beer industry will grow and develop in California. With a strong belief that collaboration and industry support will lead us towards a healthy and sustainable future, Laurie’s commitment to craft beer has always extended beyond the boundaries of the brewery.
Sierra Grossman is a second generation brewery owner/operator. She has been working a variety of jobs at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. since she was 15 years old, from dishwashing at their Taproom and Restaurant, working on preventative maintenance in the Shop, Merchandising on the local route, to her current position as Vice President, where her focus is on Advocacy and Social Responsibility internally and externally for the company.
Graduating from Chico State with a degree in Health Science, emphasis on Health Education – Sierra has been involved in the local community in a variety of roles, outside of those of the brewery. With the tragedy the 2018 Camp Fire brought to Paradise – and Butte County overall – Sierra has been managing the funds raised through the brewing of Resilience and stewarding their use towards the long-term rebuilding and healing for the area. Additionally, she has taken a board of directors’ role with the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, a non-profit focused on disaster management and resources for the community, post Camp Fire.
Sierra has previously served as a board member of the California Craft Brewers Association, and hopes to again have the opportunity to bring her energy and passion for community in all forms to the organization as it continues to support, champion, and strengthen California brewers, and the industry as a whole.
Adair Paterno is the co-owner and co-founder of Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, which opened in Capitola, California in May 2012. Adair manages various aspects of the brewery’s daily business operations, including reporting and compliance, tasting room management, label and package design, and all financial and administrative matters. Prior to opening the brewery, Adair practiced governmental and real estate law in and around the greater Bay Area. A craft beer enthusiast for almost half her life, Adair feels grateful to work in an industry and with the people she admires.
Alicia Barr is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Experience Officer of FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee CA. She has been involved with the CSBA /CCBA since 2007, when there were about 20 brewery owners gathered around a table in the Big Room at Sierra Nevada. She is currently a member of the BA Government Affairs Committee, and Co-Founder and Chair of the Truckee Reno Tahoe Brewers Guild. Additionally, Alicia has participated in numerous Hill Climbs, both State and Federal, to engage with lawmakers for the best interest of the craft brewing community.
Alicia has extensive government experience, having been elected in 2012 to the Truckee Town Council, and serving as Mayor in 2015. While serving, she was a champion of economic development and building a sustainable community, and she developed strong relations with legislators across the state.
Additionally, Alicia is currently a Board Member of the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. Her previous board and leadership experience includes Chair of the CSU Chico College of Engineering Advisory Board, Treasurer of the Truckee Roundhouse non-profit, strategic consultant for the Truckee River Watershed Council, and President of the CSU Chico Alumni Association.
Alicia is passionate about craft beer, and its impact on community, both local and global. Her unique experience and relationships would be a great asset in continuing to lobby and champion Independent Craft Beer and all that it represents.
At the ripe age of 18, I knew I wanted to own a brewery one day so I set my sights on getting a formal business education, double majoring in finance and entrepreneurship. My college education allowed me the opportunity to work in investment banking where I was able to begin honing my financial and business skills. After a couple of years of working in finance, I made the move to San Diego to begin learning the professional brewing trade and business. I worked at Pizza Port Carlsbad, Green Flash, Oggi’s, and The Bruery learning everything I could from the owners, managers, and brewers. While at The Bruery I became very close friends with Travis Smith and we decided to open a brewery together. We opened Societe in May 2012 and have strategically grown our business to what it is today; a San Diego only (99.9%), draft-only, self-distributed brewery with a large focus on wholesale business rather than tasting room/retail. Currently, I serve as the CEO of Societe and am tasked with upholding our brewery’s philosophy, leading management, and executing our strategy. My background from Wall St. combined with professional brewing has given me a tremendous foundation to operate this business from both practical and philosophical levels.
Ultimately, though, craft beer is my passion. It’s what fuels me (figuratively) and I want to do all that I can to help strengthen not only Societe but also California craft breweries. I am able and willing to humbly serve the CCBA and its members to continue the efforts that Tom and all of those involved past and present have worked so hard to create.
Born in Northern California, Julian Shrago was an aerospace engineer for over a decade before becoming a craft brewer. Along with his business partners, Gabe Gordon & Lena Perleman, they opened Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach in 2011. The pub was recognized in 2013 as Mid- Sized Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, 2014 Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, & 2016 World Champion Large Brewpub at the World Beer Cup. Beachwood has expanded its brewing operations with Beachwood Blendery, along with a production facility in Huntington Beach, CA.
Peter has been in the industry 22 years now and believes he would bring a diverse brewery experience perspective coupled with seven years of supply chain experience. He’s worked with the CCBA as both a member, allied trade and sponsor throughout my career and now that Urban Roots is up and running I would be able to commit to the time required to give my best to help forward the interests of the CCBA membership.
Peter has worked at Brewpubs (Sacramento Brewing Company, Urban Roots Brewing), large breweries (Sierra Nevada Brewing), production breweries (Bison Brewing) as well as a consultant launching three brands (two contract and one physical location) this diverse brewing experience would give me him the needed perspective to champion all members needs not just those that pertain to my business operations. My role as Technical Sales Director for BSG Craft brewing also put me in touch with many of the CCBA member breweries during the course of that job as well as deepened my knowledge of supply chain operations for breweries of all sizes.
Chris Cramer is a past Chair of the CCBA and has been making beer in paradise for a living since 1989 when he and his business partner, Matt Rattner, co-founded Karl Strauss Brewing Company, the first new brewery to open in the city of San Diego in more than 50 years. Since then Chris has enjoyed continuously pioneering in San Diego’s craft brewing industry, opening the city’s first distributing brewery in 1991 and over the years adding seven more brewpubs. While the brewery’s distributed beer operations have remained focused on its home market of “Karlifornia”, Karl Strauss has grown to become one of the top craft brewers in the United States and in 2016 became the only Southern California brewery to win the prestigious “Best Mid-Size Brewery” award at the Great American Beer Festival for breweries with production of 15,000 to 6 million barrels. Chris takes particular pride in having introduced many Southern Californians to their first craft beer and in the knowledge that the DNA of Karl Strauss Brewing Company runs throughout the San Diego brewing industry; he has helped numerous friends and former teammates branch-off to follow their own brewing dreams, making San Diego’s thriving craft beer scene a much more fun and interesting place to work and play.