Brewbound is pleased to announce that Townsend Ziebold, Managing Partner at First Beverage Group, will be speaking on the financing environment for craft brewers at the upcoming Brewbound Session in San Diego, Calif. on Nov. 29.

During his presentation, Ziebold will bring nearly 30 years of experience in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity to an analysis of the macroeconomic environment of the craft brewing industry. At a time when it seems that many stakeholders are enjoying the growth of both production and demand for craft products, Ziebold will identify potential factors that can either sustain or derail that momentum. Additionally, Ziebold will provide perspective on some of the recent transactions that have taken place involving craft beer businesses from the viewpoint of their impact on the overall valuation and deal-flow environment in the industry.

A veteran investor with a strong background in the financial industry, Ziebold’s findings are further informed by the experience and resources of First Beverage Group, a financial services firm started by beverage industry professionals with a deep knowledge of the beer industry, including Bill Anderson, J.B. Shireman and Joth Ricci. The combined knowledge of the group will be on full display during Ziebold’s not-to-be-missed take on the craft beer business.

Ziebold will take part in a moderated discussion with audience members following his presentation.

About Townsend Ziebold  

Townsend  Ziebold, Managing Partner of First Beverage Group, joined the organization with over 25 years of experience in investment banking and private equity experience at The First Boston Corporation, Wasserstein Perella & Co., and Wasserstein & Co.  He has completed over $40 billion in mergers and acquisitions advisory assignments, and as a principal investor over 30 private equity investments ranging from leveraged buyouts and growth equity to venture capital.  In this capacity, he served on numerous private and public company boards of directors.  He is a former director and non-executive chairman of Imax Corporation, a leading large-screen film projection company, and a former director of two other public companies: Collins & Aikman Corporation, a $2 billion automotive components company, and Maybelline, Inc., a leading mass market cosmetics manufacturer.

About First Beverage Group

First Beverage Group is a full-service financial services firm dedicated exclusively to the beverage industry. First Beverage focuses on providing growth solutions to leading operators in all segments of the beverage industry through a comprehensive range of products, including investment banking and investment funds for growth capital.  Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Boston, New York, and Portland, the First Beverage team has over 200 years of experience in the beverage industry. For more information, please visit the company’s website,

About the Brewbound Session

The Brewbound Craft Beer Session is a business conference addressing the topics that most directly impact the decisions craft brewers are faced with as they look to grow their brands. The event focuses on the business side of craft, offering brewers a unique opportunity to learn from and network with industry experts. 

The Brewbound Craft Beer Session is sponsored by Brewery Insurance Program and BevForce.