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Meet the 2024 Executive Board Candidates

Emily Bennett

Running for Vice President (unopposed)

Emily is a published beer industry writer, assistant researcher for the Michigan Brewers Guild book, "A Rising Tide," and volunteer for the Guild. She has participated in many Fermenta educational and anniversary events over the years, and helped start and maintain Fermenta’s original website. 

Emily says, “I've participated more on the periphery of the industry for a number of years, supporting in various volunteer roles as an observer, writer, student and attendee. Fermenta has supported these quests and my search for knowledge with open arms and patience. I would be honored to solidify my contribution to both the industry and the organization through service as part of the Fermenta Board.”



Jamie Kidwell-Brix

Running for Director at Large – Communications & Outreach (unopposed)

Jamie is an owner and brewer at Earthen Ales in Traverse City, where the brewery is celebrating its fifth anniversary this December (woohoo!). She was a homebrewer for many years before opening Earthen Ales, and she enjoys good fermented foods.

Jamie has worked to coordinate Fermenta events in Northern Michigan, including an International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, a Brave Noise collaboration, and a scholarship to support the discovery of Northern Michigan ingredients.

Jamie says, “As a female brewer in the industry, I believe we all need to be strong voices right now. Additionally, I feel like there is potential for a stronger Fermenta presence in Northern Michigan, and I would like to help continue to build that presence!”

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