President Popy Fouch
Popy Fouch has been a member of Tampa Bay B.E.E.R.S. since 2004 and has recently served as Chairwoman and Director on the Tampa Bay B.E.E.R.S Board of Directors. As such she has overseen the improvement of club operations and the organization of many new events. Additionally, she is a member of the AHA Diversity Committee. Popy has volunteered at several club sponsored events over the years, in addition to her time with Best Florida Beer. She strives to improve the quality of her homebrews as well as helping others with the hobby. As a brewing enthusiast, Popy loves brewing all styles of beer and even incorporated beer into her wedding vows.
Vice President of Homebrew Paul Sorice
Paul Sorice is an instructional designer during the week and an avid homebrewer on the weekends.
Paul began homebrewing in 2011 and his first batch of beer was a Sam Adams clone. Paul joined the Pinellas Urban Brewers Guild in 2014 looking to improve his brewing and to learn more about homebrew. He became the guild's Webmaster and Social Media Manager and continues to perform those duties. He served as “President” of the guild from July 2016 through June of 2018. As a homebrewer Paul has won numerous homebrew awards in Florida, California, Illinois and even Hawaii.
Paul is known to create a variety of fermentations including beer, cider and mead. His favorite styles are Fruit, Spice and Specialty because they allow him to unleash his culinary creativity. For example, he brews an odd but award winning Pumpkin Pie Berliner Weisse that was served at Hunahpu's Day 2015.
As VP of Homebrew Paul looks to build upon the traditions of Best Florida Beer and help promote the great hobby of homebrewing.
Vice President of Commercial Jason Toft
Jason Toft is a BJCP Certified Judge, Assistant Brewer at Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor, and has been involved with Best Florida Beer since 2012, starting as a steward for the Professional Competition and working his way up to judge, judge director for the 2017 competition, and began serving on the board in July 2017 as the VP of Commercial Brewing.
As the first professional brewer to serve on the board, Jason brings a perspective to Best Florida Beer not seen before. Working closely with the board, he intends to make BFB the premier organization for craft beer at all levels in the State of Florida. His door is always open to suggestions.
Jessica Greaves is a self-employed Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Teacher. She owns a mental health and wellness practice in Seminole Heights, Tampa, and has dedicated her career to helping children, teens, young adults, and families. Jessica has found that volunteering in the local craft beer community has been very rewarding, and has been doing so for about the last 6 years.
Jessica is a member of a local homebrew club, Special Hoperations, where she has helped plan and organize events, volunteered at beer events, and currently sits as the Secretary. Jessica is also involved with Florida Women in Brewing, a local non-profit which benefits the education of women in Brewing in Florida.
Jessica enjoys brewing many different styles of beer, and is ever working to improve her craft, even winning some competition medals in the past. Jessica is very excited about the opportunity to work with the BFB Board, and the excitement that this will bring to an already great love of craft beer and community.
Secretary Jessica Greaves
Zach Grimmig joined Best Florida Beer in July 2018. He oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to the BFB board. Zach brings nearly a decade of experience of financial management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Zach is really excited to join the Best Florida Beer team and help the organization define the strategic direction, and streamline the financial policies.
Zach was introduced to the craft beer world in 2011 when he was touring Portland, Oregon. Since then, he has volunteered at several beer festivals and events throughout the Tampa Bay area and always looking to be involved in some sort.
Zach currently works in Franchise Development, helping entrepreneurs discover business ownership through franchising.
Lauren Walden is a self-employed social media manager and provides freelance marketing services to local businesses. Her journey in the craft beer world began in 2013 as a Market Manager for a local brewery. She fell in love with the industry and continued working in beer sales and marketing before starting her own business. Lauren has been involved in several beer festivals and events around the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida and has enjoyed watching the industry grow.