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Arizona Craft Breweries Guild In Danger Of Closing

After months of event cancellations and lost revenue, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, which acts as a voice for Arizona breweries, is in danger of closing due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild acts as a governing body providing guidance to small breweries, it also serves as a lobbying voice. The guild is losing significant amounts of money as a result of a lack of in-person events that usually generate revenue. 

Rob Fullmer, executive director of the guild, says the pandemic has crushed its funding.

“We've lost 85% of our revenue. We're not having festivals, we're not having conferences. We're not able to really operate as a more of a face-to-face organization.”

With the loss of in person events, the guild is looking at other funding sources in an effort to continue operating. The guild represents close to 100 breweries which employ  more than 1,200 workers. 

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Hunter Brownstein was an intern at KJZZ from 2020 to 2021.