About OCBA

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2008 to unify the Ohio brewing community, market Ohio manufactured beers throughout the state and beyond, and monitor and promote a strong beer industry in Ohio. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association also organizes statewide events that showcase the rich brewing industry and stellar beers being produced in Ohio.


The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) is recognized as the industry leader for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer. The OCBA serves as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state. The Ohio craft beer industry prospers and evolves because of the OCBA’s advocacy. The craft beer industry contributes to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together. The OCBA serves as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse product choices for consumers.


Stewardship: We sustain Ohio’s craft beer industry by promoting the creation of high-quality, unique products.

Empowerment:  We give independent breweries the training and tools to sustain and improve their craft.

Advocacy: We protect, communicate and advance the rights of Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

Fun: We commit to an industry culture built on transparency and a deep passion for the craft beer-making community.

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Mary MacDonald | Executive Director

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Justin Hemminger | Communications Manager

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Collin Castore, Seventh Son Brewing Co.


Vice President
Lisa Wolters, Yellow Springs Brewery


Tim Ward, North High Brewing Company


Brady Duncan, MadTree Brewing Company



Jimmy Stockwell
Little Fish Brewing


Wally Weiss
Sibling Revelry Brewing


John Haggerty
Warped Wing Brewing


Larry Horwitz
Four String Brewing Company


Brent Kollman Baker
Urban Artifact


Tom Schaeffer
Black Cloister Brewing Company


Mark Hunger
Great Lakes Brewing Co.


Ohio Craft Beer Facts


Barrels of craft beer brewed in Ohio in 2016: 1,373,041

Rank among the states in craft beer production: #4 

Craft beer industry’s economic impact in Ohio in 2016: $2.67 billion

Economic impact increase 2014-2016: $510 million

Rank among states in economic impact: #7

Jobs supported by the craft brewing industry in Ohio: 15,000+

Number of craft breweries operating in Ohio: 254 (61 new in 2017 so far)

Number of known breweries in planning: 88

Craft beer consumption per capita in Ohio: 5.1 gallons per adult

Rank among states in craft beer consumption: #11