The Brewers Association now has an Executive Chef. But why?

Today we learned that the Brewers Association has named Adam Dulye as its Executive Chef. It’s an interesting development given the fact that the BA is not a restaurant. If you are not familiar with the Brewers Association, I include a note below.

So why does a trade organization like the Brewers Association need a chef? Simply put, to continue the mission of promoting craft beer and the craft beer industry. Dulye will use his culinary background to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. As you may or may not know, the Washington Beer Blog organizes and hosts Craft Beer + Food, Seattle’s premier beer and food pairing event, which happens in September.  Like the Brewers Association, we recognize the important relationship between good beer and good food.

“As the demand for craft beer continues to grow, so does the desire from beer lovers, chefs and food and hospitality professionals to educate themselves to lead in the art of pairing beer and food,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “We’re thrilled to have the expertise of Chef Adam, a longtime friend and collaborator of the BA. He knows how to push the palate and he is a valuable ambassador as we continue to provide resources on beer pairing.”

According to a statement from the Brewers Association, Dulye and Herz co-authored’s Beer & Food Course, a free curriculum designed for culinary schools and beer educators who want to learn how to pair craft beer and food. In addition to his work at BA events, he now will also create the menu and oversee the catering staff preparing dinner for the National Homebrew Competition banquet at the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference. Dulye also collaborates with the BA Export Development Program, presenting craft beer dinners paired with international cuisine.

Dulye’s work garnered national and international accolades with the opening of The Abbot’s Cellar and The Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco. Under his direction, The Abbot’s Cellar was named a Top 100 Bay Area restaurant in the San Francisco Chronicle as well as a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award.  He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park and has helmed several kitchens in craft beer-centric locations such as Boulder and Vail, Colorado and Portland, Oregon. Dulye also studied cooking in France.

“Craft beer is such a versatile beverage and I am excited to share the endless possibilities of pairings with the culinary world,” said Dulye. “From crafting unexpected and challenging pairings at events, to providing basic educational tools for beginners, our efforts are making waves in the ever-advancing culture of food and beer. My intent in my work with the Brewers Association is to further expand on that.”

The Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers, and, the BA website for beer lovers. Dulye will use his culinary background to promote the value and compatibility of craft beer and cuisine. He will also continue to provide the culinary vision for BA events including SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, the Farm to Table Pavilion at the Great American Beer Festival®, the World Beer Cup® dinners and write for his craft beer chef centric blog on entitled “Craft Beer with Chef Adam.” He has been working with the BA for seven years.

As the leading resource on craft beer, provides a number of educational tools for beer lovers and professionals in addition to the free Beer & Food Course: Beer Styles Guide, Cooking with Beer Recipe Database, Beer 101, Beer Glossary, Craft Beer Seminars and more.

About the Brewers Association: Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. More than 2,500 US brewery members and 44,000 members of the American Homebrewers Association are joined by members of the allied trade, beer distributors, individuals, other associate members and the Brewers Association staff to make up the Brewers Association. The Washington Beer Blog is proud to be a member of the Brewers Association.