Interview with Paige McWey Acers, Executive Director of The San Deigo Brewers Guild

Paige McWey Acers graduated in 2009 from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Religious Studies. She first emerged herself into the craft beer industry working as an Administrative Assistant at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in San Diego for nine years. After this, she became the Executive Administrator at San Diego Brewers Guild. She held this position from June 2013 – December 2017. From then, she was promoted to Executive Director and currently holds this role at San Diego Brewers Guild. Through her time here she has developed, maintained, and supported a strong Board of Directors, serves as ex-officio of each committee, and seeks and builds board involvement with strategic direction. She also provides leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and carries out plans and policies authorized by the board.

Interview questions:

Introduction | Can you provide an introduction to the San Diego Brewers Guild?

Breweries | How many breweries are part of the guild? Who are the major breweries?

Career | You started as an Administrative Assistant at Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Please provide an overview of your career and the decision to join the Guild.

Milestones | You have been at San Diego Brewers Guild for 9 years. What are some of the important milestones?

Economic Impact | Can you share some of the key findings from “Economic Impact of Craft Breweries in San Diego County”?

Regulation | What role has the guild played in addressing the regulatory environment?

Supply Chain | Are their supply chain issues impacting the brewing industry?

Growth | What are the strategic plans for the Guild?

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San Diego Brewers Guild was founded in 1997, the San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization of allied brewery members, tradespeople, and other providers supporting the production and distribution of craft beer. Since its founding, SDBG’s mission is to promote local small businesses and entrepreneurs of craft beer via education, events, and community involvement. The San Diego region (aka The ‘Capital of Craft™’), which is home to more than 150 independent craft beer manufacturers, continuously garners attention for its medal-winning beer styles, craft beer tourism, economic impact, and positive international reputation. The mission of the San Diego Brewers Guild is to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh locally brewed beer through education & participation in community events. For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild and its members, visit or follow @SDBrewers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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