It’s Time For A Cold One

The Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma (CBAO) was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2015 to strengthen and unify the Oklahoma brewing industry. CBAO is dedicated to educating and creating awareness among legislators, regulators and the general public of the issues facing the craft brewing industry in Oklahoma, and to promote a healthy economic environment that enables public choices in the marketplace by Oklahoma breweries.

Meet the Team

Amber Hinkle

Executive Director

Amber’s passion for all things Oklahoma beer has led her to her position as Executive Director for the CBAO.  She has 20+ years of event planning experience, including Tulsa’s Oktoberfest, the Tulsa State Fair and Rooster Days. Partner that with her love for craft beer and she will tell you she has found her home with the CBAO.  She and her husband, Ron, have 4 daughters between them and 5 dogs.  Yes, you read that right.  Amber is an avid dog lover and if given the chance would rescue all of them!  Luckily for her neighbors, she has Ron to slow her down. 

Lacy Richards


Lacy has always had a passion for creative entrepreneurship, which makes owning and operating a taproom in Tulsa a dream. Additionally, Lacy holds a Masters of Science degree and is a practicing LPC therapist and mother to 2. Together with her husband, Travis,  a brewer of 10+ years, they’ve owned the small niche brewery, Nothing’s Left, in Tulsa’s Pearl District since 2018.

Benny Jacobs


Scott Dewald


Scott Dewald has a long-standing career in non-profit association management currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer for REI Oklahoma where he is responsible for the mission-based non-profit’s programmatic operations – including its small business loan programs, affordable housing programs, and entrepreneurial guidance services. Previously he spent 17 years with the Cattlemen’s Association where he worked with various state officials to negotiate and draft policies to increase profitability for cattle producers and improve the quality of life in low-income agricultural communities.
Scott also owns and operates Lost Street Brewing where he and his family repurposed an aging industrial building in downtown Durant, Oklahoma in 2020. It now serves as a hub of entertainment, camaraderie and event space in this thriving community.

Shawn McElhiney

board member at-large

Shawn McElhiney is a co-founder of Legally Brewed in Norman, OK which opened in April of 2023.  Shawn is currently a Field Designer for an electrical cooperative in Norman, but you can also find him pouring beer and spinning records during weeknights and weekends at Legally Brewed.  Shawn started homebrewing with friends in 2017, which eventually led to sharing that love and finished product with family and friends.  From then on craft beer has been life.  To Shawn craft beer is a communal experience.  Sharing a craft beer after a mountain bike ride, a disc golf round or after an epic fishing trip is what life should be about.  It’s not just about the beverage, it’s about bringing people together, sharing stories of the day, the days before and the days to come.  Shawn believes craft beer is a bridge creating those special snapshots in time. When he’s not working, he loves to cook, take long bike rides with his wife Megan, and take their dog Mila to play disc golf.  Get a craft beer and get outside!

Cody Driscoll

Board Member-at-large

Cody, an Oklahoma native, was raised in the Tulsa area and graduated from Bixby High School in 2013. He got his start in professional brewing at Iron Monk Brewing Company (2016-2018) while working towards his Microbiology/Cellular and Molecular Biology degree from Oklahoma State University. After graduating Cody went to work briefly at Angry Scotsman in Oklahoma City before landing back in Tulsa at Marshall Brewing Company (2019-present), where he now works as brewer/quality control. With Cody’s scientific background, he brews technically in the constant pursuit of refinement. Cody, and his wife Julianna, enjoy cooking together and spending quality time outdoors.

Lisa Mcllroy


As Art Director & President, Lisa Cabin Boy’s in-house designer, heads up marketing, social media, helps coordinates events, part-time HR, and works on the company’s big picture. As a painter, illustrator, and full-time dreamer, Lisa tries to spend a couple days a week creating art in her studio. Usually, it’s for the latest beer label, but occasionally it’s for a personal project! Her work is pluralistic, often combining abstract elements with figurative imagery. When she’s not consumed by the possibilities of lines, colors, and shapes, she is more than happy to talk your ear off over a good beer.

Lisa received her bachelor’s in fine arts from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK in 2011. Since then, Lisa has worked, lived, and shown art in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK; Chicago, IL; Mito, Japan; and Munich, Germany. She has served on the Brewer’s Association HR Committee since 2022 and is honored to be serving on the Oklahoma Craft Brewer’s Association board in 2023. When she’s not working, she enjoys travel, yoga, hiking, cooking, and beer tasting.


Nick Williams

Vice President

Nick Williams is the co-founder and head of sales at Lively Beerworks. He started his beer career at a distributor and then began his local craft beer career at Anthem Brewing Co, where he became a part of the local craft beer community. In 2018 he left and started Lively Beerworks with Patrick Lively and has been there ever since. Being born and raised in Yukon, OK and a Native American, he takes immense pride in being a part of Oklahoma’s craft beer community. When not at a brewery he spends time with his wife Hallie and dog Indy.


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