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|MT Distillers & Brewers Association--Who Are They?|
A new organization was recently launched, calling themselves the Montana Distillers & Brewers Association (MDBA), however, neither the Brewers Assn or the Montana Distillers Guild knew anything about them. So we partnered with those two associations to write a letter explaining to legislators and other interested parties, that there is no connection.
Dear Legislators and Industry Members
We all look forward to continuing to work with our fellow industry members and associated organizations as well as our esteemed elected officials to develop alcohol policy that works for all Montanans. Further, we are committed to being transparent and straightforward in our interactions with all of you. That’s the responsible, professional, and—quite frankly—Montana way to do business.
Nolan Smith Robin Blazer Dax Cetraro
This MDBA group has since followed up with a letter of their own explaining they have engaged in conversations with "ranking members" of the Montana Tavern Association. As of Aug 30th, we can tell you that MTA Executive Director Margaret Herriges has never been contacted by them, nor has President Dax Cetraro or our Government Affairs Consultant John Iverson. From what we've seen so far, we do not believe they are friendly to our industry and we urge our members to be cautious if contacted by this group.