ABOUT THE GARDEN STATE CRAFT BREWERS GUILD
Microbreweries produce small batches of beer for sale to wholesalers and retailers both inside and outside New Jersey. That means you can purchase New Jersey craft brewed beer from the shelves of liquor stores and in pubs around the country. Thanks to a 2012 law change, microbreweries are now allowed to sell up to 1/2 keg (or approximately 6 cases) of beer for consumption off premise. Also, as part of a brewery tour, consumers are allowed to purchase beer for consumption on premise. Breweries are not allowed to operate a restaurant or sell food. This is an opportunity for people to enhance their educational tour experience with an on-site tasting. Because we value our relationships with our restaurant and tavern partners, the law was purposely designed to not allow breweries to operate like a bar or restaurant.
Brewpubs are restaurants that produce small batches of craft brewed on site and may sell their own beer by the glass for consumption on premise. They may also sell their beer for carry out in bottles, jugs known as "growlers" and in kegs. The new law allows brewpubs for the first time to sell their beer off the premises to licensed retailers throughout the state through a New Jersey beer wholesaler.
ERIC J. ORLANDO
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE
In his position as Vice President at Kaufman Zita Group, Mr. Orlando has represented the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild since 2009. Mr. Orlando oversees the Guild’s various state government affairs activities on a daily basis, working in conjunction with the Guild’s leadership on advancing the organization’s overall public affairs agenda.
Aside from his work on behalf of the Guild, Mr. Orlando provides public affairs representation for KZG’s various clients. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Orlando served in this same capacity while working at another government relations firm in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Orlando also served as a Legislative Aide to former Assemblywoman Connie Myers, representing Hunterdon and Warren counties, beginning in 2001.
Mr. Orlando holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Government and Law from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Hopewell Township, NJ with his wife Corinne.
2016 Board of Directors
RYAN KRILL, PRESIDENT
CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY
Ryan is the president and co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore's first production brewery, which is quickly becoming one of the state’s largest craft beer producers. He is a member of the Lower Township Economic Development Committee, a board member for the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, and a TED talk alum. (His craft beer speech touched on everything from pigs to marijuana.)
Ryan holds a bachelors degree in philosophy from Villanova University and a masters degree in real estate development from New York University. He has lived and worked in Spain, California, and New York City, and has traveled to over 40 countries…tasting craft beer wherever he goes. When he’s not working or exploring, he’s flying small planes, cycling, or lusting over 13th century Armenian rugs.
MICHAEL KANE, VICE PRESIDENT
KANE BREWING COMPANY
Michael Kane brewed his first batch, a German Wheat Beer, during his senior year in college and decided before it was finished fermenting that he was going to some day open a brewery. He also continued to brew and develop his recipes winning a gold and silver medal at the 2009 National Homebrew Competition. In 2010, he left Wall Street and signed a lease on a 7,500 square foot building formerly used to manufacture caskets in Ocean Township, New Jersey and began the process of building a craft brewery from the ground up. His goal was to bring his interpretation of American-style and Belgian inuenced craft beers to the place where he grew up and to raise the level of craft beer awareness across the state. He chose this location because of his ties to New Jersey and his love of the small beach communities on the coast. After a year of construction, licensing and headaches, Kane Brewing Company opened to the public in August of 2011.
MARK EDELSON, SECRETARY
IRON HILL BREWERY
Under Edelson’s leadership, Iron Hill’s hand-crafted beers have received 42 medals in 18 consecutive years from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival (GABF), which also named Iron Hill “Large Brewpub of the Year” in 2005. In addition, Iron Hill has earned 25 medals at the biennial World Beer Cup, including the coveted award for “Champion Brewery & Brewmaster – Small Brewpub” in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Edelson’s encyclopedic knowledge of beer has since earned him a spot as a judge at the GABF. He is also the Treasurer of the Brewers Association, whose goal is to promote and protect the U.S. brewing community’s interests. Edelson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. While working towards his degree, he began earning awards for his home-brewed beers and eventually decided to pursue his passion as a career. He went on to perfect his brewing skills at the highly regarded Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago.
GENE MULLER, TREASURER
FLYING FISH BREWING COMPANY
Gene Muller graduated brewing school at Siebel Institute of Technology and opened Flying Fish in 1996. In 2012 the brewery moved to a new 5-acre facility in Somerdale. He has been a long time board member of the Craft Brewers Guild and is also active on the Government Affairs committee of the Brewers Association.
FLOUNDER BREWING COMPANY
Jeremy, a.k.a. Flounder is the owner and brewer of Flounder Brewing Co., a 3 barrel brewery in Hillsborough. After almost a decade of homebrewing he opened the brewery in 2013 with his brother and cousin while still working full-time. After a year and a half the brewery will finally start to open several times a month after only being open every 6 weeks to sold-out tour dates every time. Jeremy looks forward to serving on the Board as one of NJ's smallest breweries, and looks forward to the advances and rights the Guild is working so hard on for NJ's craft breweries.