Jesse Bussard, Executive Director

Jesse Bussard is the Executive Director of the Craft Maltsters Guild. Previous to their work with the Guild, Jesse worked as an independent writer for over a decade covering topics related to craft beer, agriculture, and conservation. Additionally, during their previous tenure in Montana, Jesse co-founded and organized some of the state’s best craft beer events including Bozeman Craft Beer Week, Beer Maven: A Women’s Beer Education Series, the Montana Brewers Conference, and Montana Funk Fest, the first sour beer and kombucha festival ever held in the Big Sky State. Jesse has been a member of Pink Boots Society and the North American Guild of Beer Writers since 2016. Additionally, they hold degrees in Crop Science (M.S.) and Animal Science (B.S.) from the University of Kentucky and Penn State University respectively. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with their faithful sidekick and Boxer dog, Budro. They currently reside in central Pennsylvania.

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Jennifer Breckner, Marketing & Events Associate

Jennifer Breckner is a writer, educator, event producer, and speaker living in Northern California who works at the juncture of slow food, craft beer, art, and culture. From 2014-2020, she was lead events ambassador for Brooklyn Brewery (NY) in the Chicago market; the last 2 1/2 years in that role she also represented 21st Amendment Brewery (CA) and Funkwerks (CO). From 2019-2020, Jennifer served as communications and outreach manager for Artisan Grain Collaborative in the Midwest, where she managed social media channels, founded a popular biweekly newsletter called The Crumb, and conducted in-depth interviews for the website with leaders in the small grains movement. As a long term volunteer with Slow Food, a global food nonprofit working to dismantle oppressive systems to achieve good, clean, and fair food for all, she co-founded Slow Beer and currently serves as international councilor for the U.S. Jennifer is excited to deepen her knowledge of craft malt production and its use and to help promote the practitioners who are building this vibrant movement from the ground up.

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