Annie McGrath, who has served as the Executive Director of the Washington Brewers Guild since 2015, recently announced that she is moving on to pursue another opportunity. (Above: Annie McGrath dropping a bill in the hopper, where legislative measures are deposited for introduction.)
Annie will be missed and she will not be easy to replace. The Washington Brewers Guild board of directors is currently working on a transition plan. As that plan comes together, we will share any news.
“I will be leaving my position as WBG Executive Director at the end of this month, as I have accepted a new job with another organization,” Annie told members of the Washington Brewers Guild in an announcement earlier this month. “I have absolutely loved working for and with you all, and it has been an honor to represent you for the last seven years.”
Many of the Washington Brewers Guild’s goals involve legislation and regulation. More precisely, introducing and reworking laws and rules to benefit the state’s brewing industry. Annie drove those initiatives, working with the Liquor and Cannabis Board, the Washington State Legislature, and the Washington State Governor’s Office to implement changes that benefit our local breweries.
A lot of things changed for the better on Annie’s watch. There are too many accomplishments to list, but I’ll just mention that her work to help breweries navigate the pandemic was tireless.
“This industry has been so good to me and my time as your Executive Director has been incredibly rewarding,” said Annie. “The people that make up Washington Beer are hardworking, creative, collaborative, generous, and kind. I can’t thank you enough for your support, enthusiasm, and engagement for and with our guild and its work. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together and I’m grateful for your partnership in our work advancing WA craft beer.”
On a personal note, in her role with the Guild, Annie was always transparent and available. When I had questions to ask or assistance to lend, she was always willing to take my call. It was an open channel of communication that not only helped me do my job but also helped advance the Guild’s mission. And of course, it was always a pleasure working with Annie.