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Breweries making Good Beer are pioneers of local manufacturing, using traditional and creative brewing and fermenting methods to redefine consumer expectations for craftsmanship with their beers. These brewers aim to reshape supply chains and promote responsibility by sourcing ingredients locally and grown without synthetic inputs when possible, practicing resource conservation and supporting local communities.


The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the beer community to create the tasting, determine judges and set standards for the category. Read on to learn who has been integral to building the category, as well as what the beer standard are and who will be judging this year.



Jamison Kester

Regional Sales Manager at Almanac Beer Co.

Jamison has been a beer, wine, and sprits professional since having moved to the SF Bay Area 12 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA. He received his WSET Level 2 certification while working as Wine Club Manager for Swanson Vineyards in the Napa Valley, and is currently studying for his Cicerone Level 2 certification while working as Regional Sales Manager for Almanac Beer Company. With time spent both in national and regional alcohol sales markets, behind the bar making cocktails at several Oakland establishments, or touring the US playing heavy metal, he is excited to accept the role of 2021 GFA Beer Chair.

Harley Burkart

Beverage Czar at Star Grocery

Harley has been selling weird beer (and weird soft drinks) at a lil grocery store in Elmwood since 2000, a whole year before he turned 21. Two decades later, he can proudly say that he thoroughly enjoys some of the most challenging/disgusting ales and lagers the world has ever known. He gets the feeling that he’s only been invited to bottle shares over the years so that people can laugh at whatever atrocities he brings to the table. The beer section at Star Grocery is probably the best one you’ve never heard of. If you came to his store to ask about wine, don’t talk to him – he’s the enemy.

Committee Members

Avinash Mittur, Vehicle Software Engineer, Sail Drone


In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, beer entries must meet the following standards:

  • Made in the USA or US territories.
  • Certified organic, or meet at least four of the following eligibility criteria:
    • Made with at least one ingredient (besides water and yeast) sourced within 150 miles. Malt will be considered “local” if sourced from a local malter.
    • Made with at least one ingredient (besides water) that is grown without the use of synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
    • Made by a brewery that has made concrete water recycling or other resource efficiency improvements in the production or delivery process in the last three years.
    • Made by a brewery that engages deeply with its community by participating in a sustainably-minded guild; offering paid time off for employees to volunteer for causes they believe in; or otherwise offers substantial support to its community.
    • Made by a brewery that prioritizes resource or consumer packing waste reduction through programs, such as mash repurposing, growler programs and container-related sustainability measures.
    • Made by a brewery that proudly maintains one or more third-party accreditations embodying social responsibility and transparency.*
    • Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, committed to equity, inclusion, and justice in all levels of their business.

*Such as 1% for the Planet, B Corp, GMO-Free Project, Fair Trade or other local organizations focused on environmental and social responsibility.


KJ Tucker

Service Manager, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses

Laura Gable

Beer Specialist, Winewarehouse

Cara Patricia

Co-Founding Sommelier, DECANTsf

Melissa Myers

Owner, The Good Hop

Michael Mighetto Hoefling

Consultant, Beverage Director

Andrew Adams

Bartender, The Cat House Bar