Third-Party Resources, Opportunities, & News

This page is designed as a place to hold timely updates, resources, news items, and opportunities the Guild has heard about from the Brewers Association, industry partners, Allied Trade Guild members, and other non-MNCBG entities. Please note that these are all offered by third parties and each item is not vetted or endorsed by the Guild.

For long-standing resources on specific topics, see our Member Resources page.

Current News & Opportunities

Marketing Opportunity
Twin Cities Live: TCL is seeking Minnesota craft breweries and brewpubs to participate in in-studio segments throughout the summer. Contact Justin Ribnick at 651-523-7307 or for pricing and scheduling.

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Equipment Available in ND:
 Souris River Brewing is a 3 bbl brewpub in Minot, ND that is closing down and is looking to sell equipment. For available items and prices, contact

The MJF’s Initiative to Diversify Craft Beer

The donation link is here:

Dear Fellow Brewing Industry Colleague,

I hope that springtime is in full swing where you are and that the year is going well for you and your brewery. In the past month I’ve been on beer trips from Svalbard to Dakar – what a strange life – and now I’m greatly looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville. The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling (MJF), in association with our media partner ProBrewer, is now starting up our yearly pledge drive going into CBC.

I’m here to make a personal appeal. In its 32 months of existence, the MJF has sent 29 amazing people to brewing (and distilling) school, including four for full Master Brewer certification (UC Davis, Siebel, and Heriot-Watt). The MJF is having a profound and immediate impact on the lack of diversity in our brewhouses. The Siebel Institute of Technology tells us that we have sent more people of color through its courses in a single year than have been there in the entire last decade.

This is genuine and lasting change, happening right now. Athletic Brewing Company has issued an inspirational matching challenge for this year’s drive. Between now and the start of CBC, they will match the first $100K in donations we receive, dollar-for-dollar.

Brewing education is not cheap, but it works. You’ve seen this yourself. The industry needs formally educated brewers.

The MJF is as direct-impact as it gets. People of non-European background make up more than 42% of American adults, but less than 4% of brewers/cellar staff. And the reason for that is not “lack of interest,” it’s lack of access. We are working to change that for the benefit of all of us. We cannot, as an industry, expect to appeal to a diverse consumer base if our brewhouses continue to look nothing like America. We intend to make a statement in Nashville about who we are as an industry.

Our accounting is 100% open-book; I’m happy to give you any info you may need. We have no employees, no waste. Just hard work, great people, and real results. I hope that your brewery will join in the MJF’s efforts to help make the brewing industry a profession we can be proud of in all its aspects and in every community.

All the best,


Garrett Oliver
Brewmaster, The Brooklyn Brewery
Editor-in-Chief, “The Oxford Companion to Beer”
Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling