Larry Horwitz, the brewmaster at Four String Brewing Co. in Columbus, has been appointed to the Brewers Association board of directors.

He and Jose Mallea, co-owner of Biscayne Bay Brewing in Miami, whose appointments were announced Wednesday, (Jan. 10) are joining the 2018 board as at-large representatives and each will serve a two-year term.

Horwitz, who has been a professional brewer and brewery consultant since 1992, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

He currently serves on the Ohio Craft Brewers Association board of directors and is a past president of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas District Philadelphia, a position held while brewing at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Philadelphia.

“Larry is a thoughtful and effective member of the OCBA board and has helped to guide the direction of our organization to the benefit of all Ohio craft breweries,” Ohio association Executive Director Mary MacDonald said in a prepared statement. “We have no doubt that his insight and experience will be of tremendous value to the BA board as well.”

The Brewers Association board guides the strategic direction of the nonprofit and oversees the American Homebrewers Association, Brewers Publications and events such as the Great American Beer Festival, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and SAVOR. The group is based in Boulder, Colo.

“Increased representation from some of our smallest members helps ensure the BA is offering tangible services and benefits for businesses at all stages of development,” Brewers Association President and CEO Bob Pease said in a prepared statement. “The support and guidance from our board members is crucial as we continue to promote and protect the craft brewing landscape on behalf of all of our members.”

Horwitz isn't the only Ohioan on the board. Roxanne Westendorf of Cincinnati was appointed to the board last year as a representative of the American Homebrewers Association.