The Western Australia Brewer’s Association is led by a four member committee that is elected annually. The committee is made up of volunteers from different backgrounds with different areas of expertise in the brewing industry, all working together to support and promote the craft brewing industry of Western Australia.
Dan has been brewing commercially in W.A. for approximately 14 years. He has brewed and worked at a number of local breweries, both big and small, including Inchant, Mash Brewing, The Swan Brewery, Little Creatures and Nail Brewing. Working at both independent and non-independent businesses has given Dan a great insight into the difficulties that small breweries face in keeping competitive and promoting themselves in an ever challenging market. Dan is passionate about the W.A. craft brewing industry, loves working with the great people within it, and is determined to help support and promote W.A. Craft Breweries.
Dan currently brews at Billabong Brewing in Myaree.
Aaron is passionate about WA Beer, and has been instrumental in helping to establish two of the states most recognised breweries, Gage Roads, and Little Creatures.
As a founding brewer for Little Creatures, he helped commission the Fremantle site in 2000, and launch the first three brands onto the market.
He was Senior Brewer there when the company won Champion Australian Brewery at the AIBA in 2002, before relocating to North America for two years where he worked for Steamworks Brewery in Gastown BC and immersed himself in the North American craft beer community.
After returning to Australia, Aaron took up a role as Senior Brewer at the Gage Roads Brewing Co in Palmyra WA, where he again commissioned the first brewery and helped launch the company’s first products.
Over the next 10 years, Aaron oversaw the Operations of the company, as Gage Roads grew to become the largest brewery in Western Australia. Aaron became Chief Operating Officer in 2014, where he participates at board level, and helps to develop business strategy.
Aaron holds an MBA from the Curtin Graduate School of Business Perth, a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling London, and is a qualified beer judge.
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Kelly Lavin is a director and co-owner at Innate Brewers. Her current role at the brewery is largely focused on sales and marketing.
Prior to her current role, Kelly had a varied career in sales and marketing, including print & online media advertising and pharmaceutical sales.
Whilst new to the craft beer industry, Kelly has an appreciation for a good craft beer (of course in moderation). She looks forward to promoting Perths vibrant craft brewing scene through her role at WABA. Favourite beer, Nail – Red Ale.
A lawyer by trade, Peter McAppion started his brewing career as the Co Founder of Blacksalt Brewery, located at the former Salt on the Beach in North Fremantle, in 2008. Under Peter’s care, Blacksalt Brewery went on to be the proud winner of six silver medals at the Australian International Beer Awards.
Nobody is more familiar with beer’s inspiration and passion than Pete and after a few years with Blacksalt Brewery, Pete decided to grab conventional brewing tactics by the thorns. Knowing he could harmonise his broad knowledge base, Pete realised it was time to start up a new inspirational project. Out of this dream, Thorny Devil was born.
Curator, WA Beer Week
Claire O’Byrne has been living the dream out here in Western Australia for the last 6 years and has loved every minute of it! Hailing from the USA, she started her career in the beer industry working for Budweiser at the age of 20. Since landing down under she has worked in operations for a prominent Perth hospitality group before landing at her current role as Marketing and Community Coordinator at Little Creatures Brewery. From time to time, she also gets paid to hang out with all her mates at The Freo Doctor Liquor Store and has worked as a box office staff member for the last two seasons of the Perth Fringe World.
When she’s not spending all her spare time organising WA Beer Week she likes to spend her time sampling the wares of Fremantle’s finest watering holes.
Steven Blaine is the national beer & cider manager for on-premise specialist 100Proof, he is a passionate advocate for ensuring beer drinkers have the best possible experience every time they enjoy a beer.
You could say that the love of good beer runs in his veins having grown up in family operated regional hotels throughout Queensland, as well as working in the hospitality industry in a variety of on & off premise roles in Australia & Canada over the last 14 years.
He really wants others to love & appreciate beer as much as he does, he does this in his day to day role by educating the WA hospitality industry and the wider general public about what ingredients beer is made from, how it is skillfully brewed, the appreciation of the different styles of beer and how to expertly pair beer with food.
In February 2016 he received a 90% passing grade on the prestigious US Certified Cicerone Exam and is one of 5 Certified Cicerones in WA. He is the WA training consultant for the national beer training organisation, the Institute of Beer and also the WA Proctor for Certified Cicerone exams.
Ross spent 30 years as a senior journalist with Seven West Media, Australian Association Press and News Corp, specialising on special projects such as State Parliament coverage, Olympic and Commonwealth Games campaigns and the implementation of New Media. He has been awarded nationally for his work on AFL, cricket and basketball coverage.
Between 2012-2016 he was The West Australian’s beer writer, also contributing brewing articles via the Yahoo7 network and The Crafty Pint. He is editor of The Sip media enterprise, which includes a regular WA brewing segment on the 6PR Morning Program.
His goal is to develop WABA into a powerful, influential and accommodating body that can further drive the growth of WA brewing locally and internationally.
Ross has a passion for Stouts and adores the New York Yankees.
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