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Pinkerton Honored for Innovative Leadership in Craft Brew Industry

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

There’s no doubt that John Pinkerton likes beer. As brewmaster and owner of Moon River Brewing Company, Pinkerton serves as the ambassador of local beer in Savannah – it’s the only local brewery in the city.

Opened to the public in 1999, the brewery was voted #28 by BeerAdvocate on its list of Top 50 American Brewpubs in 2003. And in 2010, Pinkerton proved his mettle when the brewery won a Gold Medal for its Rosemary India Pale Ale in the “Herb and Spice or Chocolate Beer” category at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival.

Pinkerton was recently selected a finalist in the GRA’s 2012 GRACE Awards Innovator category and is a recipient of the Savannah Craft Brew Festival’s Pioneer Award.

“I see brewpubs really leading the charge in the craft brew industry because we are the
interface between the consumer and the breweries, more so than the breweries themselves,”
Pinkerton says. “Most people have their experience with the breweries when they go to the
store and buy their product off the shelf. Whereas with brewpubs, you’re right there where
they make the beers, you’re often in the position to talk to brewers, and it has a very strong, local cultural factor.”

For nearly 20 years, Pinkerton has worked in every aspect of operations, both in brewpubs and in regional-scale production breweries. Over the years, he’s also established a sense of leadership and service to the craft-brewing industry. He was a founding member of the Rubber Boot Society’s steering committee (a Mid-Atlantic brewer’s guild), as well as a longtime member of the Brewers Association. He also helped establish the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild in 2010 and is currently serving as president of the organization.

He frequently serves as a judge for regional and national beer competitions, and he also volunteers his expertise for conferences and festivals.

Pinkerton was instrumental in getting HB 472, the Brewpub Bill, passed this past legislative session, an initiative the GRA worked on and supported. It increases the amount of beer brewpubs can produce annually from 5,000 to 10,000 barrels and allows sales to distributors.


Green Restaurant Association

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Mission: To create an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry.  

greenga.jpgThe Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national non-profit organization, provides services in research, consulting, education, marketing and community organizing. The GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants, manufacturers, vendors, grassroots organizations, government, media, and restaurant customers. The GRA’s model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant industry, which represents 10% of the U.S. economy, to become more environmentally sustainable.


National Council of Chain Restaurants

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of both chain restaurants and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include some of the country’s largest and well respected quick-serve and casual dining companies.  The National Council of Chain Restaurants is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.


Georgia Restaurant Association

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Georgia Restaurant Association

Our mission is simple: to serve as the voice for Georgia’s Restaurants in Advocacy, Education and Awareness.  The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make restaurants better for Georgia and Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business.

The real dollar value of GRA membership far exceeds the cost of dues, even if you only consider to cost of the political representation we provide. Add the many tangible benefits, and you’ll find membership is one of the best investments you can make.

The Georgia Restaurant Association represents an industry comprising over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $14.7 billion and provides more jobs (384,300+) than any other non-government employer in the state.  For more information call 404.467.9000, or visit


National Restaurant Association

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association’s mission is to represent, educate and promote a rapidly growing industry that is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 13.1 million people.

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