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.
Jason has done a little bit of everything in his 39 years on this planet. Like many of us in this industry, beer started us off well, but it took us awhile to figure out how to make a living out of it. A former corrections officer, Coast Guard reservist, fire chief, union leader, and labor advocate, Jason's spent the past 16 years of his life in the public arena as a political consultant, working on multiple successful campaigns and public referenda. Whether he’s coordinating a get-out-the-vote campaign in a major city, working with lawmakers of all levels to secure crucial public safety measures, or pushing for the creation of a brewery in his hometown, Jason's relentless work ethic, deep institutional knowledge, and longtime relationships with politicians will prove to be invaluable to the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild. He's excited to get to work building the brand of New Jersey craft beer, and we're thrilled to have him aboard.
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 New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Advisory Committee, a board member for the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, a TED(x) talk alum, a member of the Brewers Association Government Affairs Committee, and president of the board of The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.
Ryan holds a bachelors degree from Villanova University and a masters degree 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.
Term Expires December 2017
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.
Term Expires December 2017
FORGOTTEN BOARDWALK BREWING COMPANY
Jamie Queli, is the owner/CEO of Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company located in Cherry Hill New Jersey. Jamie Queli runs the strategic management of the brewery in areas such as finance, production operations, branding, marketing and legal affairs. Queli launched Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing in 2014, operating a 30 barrel brew house, and has since taken the brand statewide in both package and on premise. Prior to brewing, Queli worked as a Vice President at Merrill Lynch performing tasks such as institutional financial evaluations, managing business strategies, product development and process improvements.
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.
Term Expires December 2017
IRON HILL BREWERY AND RESTAURANT
Kevin is a Regional Brewer for Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant. He started as a server at our Media, PA location nearly 8 years ago and worked his way through all of the brewery jobs along the way. Kevin has a passion for the production of high quality consistent beer, employee development and work place safety. He is a member of the Brewers Association Safety Subcommittee and is chair of the Brewers of PA Brewpub committee. He is also a BJCP judge and has judged at the GABF.