John Lawless


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Hello! Iā€™m John Lawless. I have been a homebrewer since 2005 and an AHA member since 2009 (I think, someone at the AHA can keep me honest on that.). The last 16 years in homebrewing has been very rewarding, and I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people, including some that are now very close friends, and travel all over the country in the name of beer. It would be a great honor to serve as the newest member to the AHA Governing Committee. I will bring to the board my varied experience, which includes working with many homebrewing groups throughout the country, and I have also worked professionally in the craft beer industry. All of this to say, I love homebrewing, I love craft beer, and I would be humbled to serve on our governing committee.

Here are a summary of milestones in my Homebrewing and Craft Beer career:

2007 – Joined the Music City Brewers, in Nashville, TN.

2008 – Founded Clarksville Carboys Homebrewing Club in Clarksville, TN.

2008 – President, Clarksville Carboys

2009 – Earned BJCP Judging certification, Certified Judge

2014 – Joined NYC Homebrewers Guild, and the Bronx Homebrewers.

2014 – Executive Chef, Bronx Alehouse, NYC.

2015 – Founded the New South Brew Off, Clarksville Carboys annual competition

2015 – Judge Director, New South Brew Off

2015 – Joined the Mid-state Brew Crew based out of Murfreesboro, TN,

2015 – Earned Cicerone Certified Beer Server certification

2016 – Judge Director for the National Homebrewing Competition Regional site in Nashville, TN.

2016 – Food & Beverage Operations at Fat Bottom Brewing Co.

2017 – Judge Director for the Music City Brew Off, and served in that role for 5 years.

2018 – Joined the World Beer Cup Competition Operations Team

2018 – Joined the Great American Beer Festival Competition Operations Team

2021 – Assistant Manager, National Homebrewing Competition

2021 – Assistant Competition Operations Manager, Great American Beer Festival.