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Bob Pease, President & Chief Executive Officer, the Brewers Association

Bob Pease is the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association is the trade association representing small and independent American Craft Brewers with over 5,300 brewery members.  

Pease was named President and CEO in 2014 after five years as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to that Pease served as Vice President. In addition to managing the Senior Management Team and day-to-day operations of the association, he has led the charge to raise the awareness of small and independent brewers in Washington, DC. His work has established the Brewers Association as the voice of small and independent brewers on Capitol Hill.  In 2020, after a 12-year effort, Pease saw the culmination of his efforts with the passing of the Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act in the year-end COVID-19 relief package. This legislation effectively reduced on a permanent basis the Federal Excise Tax rates for small brewers by half.   

Pease has a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado. He is a member of American Society of Association Executives, a graduate of the Siebel Institute Professional Beer Tasting and Styles course and is a certified TIPS trainer. In 2015 and 2020 Pease was named, “Beer Industry Person of the Year” by Brewbound. In 2018, 2019,2020, 2021 and 2022 Pease was named one of the top lobbyists in Washington, D.C. by The

He lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Peggy, daughter Kyra and dog Juno. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, skiing, cycling, golf and beer drinking in his spare time.

Bob Pease, the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,600-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Homebrew ConTMNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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