HARRISBURG, PA (2.23.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, has named Chris Lampe as the association’s new President and Artie Tafoya as the new Vice President. Both respected industry professionals began serving their two-year Board terms in January, 2017.
Co-Owner and Production Manager at Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Lampe was elected to the BOP Board in 2016, and has been actively engaged in all BOP legislative efforts including meeting with numerous legislators on an annual basis.
Owner and Director of Operations at Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC), Tafoya was elected to the BOP Board in January, 2011, and is one of the founding members of the BOP. He has served as Chairman of the BOP Events Committee for multiple years.
“I am honored and humbled to be voted in as President of such an influential association dedicated to promoting and protecting craft brewing in the great state of Pennsylvania,” said Lampe. “The Commonwealth produces some of the best craft beers in the world, and I look forward to working with Artie, our other Board members, as well as current and new members to advance our mission and goals. I would also like to raise a glass to the outstanding work Bill Covaleski did during his extremely successful term as BOP President.”
Brewmaster and President of Victory Brewing Company, Covaleski served as BOP President from 2014-2016, and will continue to impactfully serve the association as Chair of the Legislative Committee.
Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in 1995 in Easton, Pa. After brewing its first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, in 1997, its path in the industry became clear – making full-flavored, high quality brews. From humble beginnings to its approximately 30,000 square foot facility, Weyerbacher has always looked to push the envelope of taste experiences.
Appalachian Brewing Company was founded in 1997, with the original brewery and brewpub located in Harrisburg, Pa. ABC now operates six restaurants, each with their own small-batch craft beer brewery, as well as the full-scale Appalachian Craft Soda manufacturing facility located in Mechanicsburg, Pa.