Brewbound Session
San Diego 2016

Dec. 1, 2016
San Diego, CA
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Brewbound Session Overview


Brewbound Session annually attracts 200+ attendees -- including founders, CEOs, brewmasters, and other key executives -- from the industry’s top breweries. This conference is a business strategy and networking event for serious beer professionals, and is not designed to help new startups or breweries-in-planning. The agenda will focus on higher-level business strategy, including conversations on investment, retailing, distribution and marketplace trends. Leading industry suppliers, service providers, investors, analysts, and wholesalers will also be in attendance.

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Speakers are well-known figures in the beer industry. This includes brewery owners, industry veterans, respected consultants, leading investors, well-known retailers, and top U.S. beer distributors.

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The one-day program features conversations focused on the most important issues facing today’s craft brewery owners. Expect an intensive look at the current state of the marketplace, presentations that cover emerging trends and innovation and discussions pertaining to best brewery practices, differentiation, growth, and investment strategies.

The December program also features Startup Brewery Challenge 7, presented by Craft Brew Alliance. Watch early-stage breweries pitch their business plans to the audience and receive instant feedback from a panel of expert judges. Brewbound’s annual awards as well as a “Year in Review” will also be featured.

Networking Opportunities:

Part of what makes attending the Brewbound Session so great is an opportunity to network, in an intimate setting, with more than 200 beer industry professionals who are also interested in growing their brands and making new connections. Plenty of beer and networking breaks are built into the one-day program and a welcome reception the evening before the conference, at a local brewery, is also open to all conference attendees.

Beer Sampling:

Registered attendees are also invited to donate samples to the event, and receive immediate feedback from industry peers. Donated beer will be served during networking breaks at the Brewbound Session bars. Interested? Please contact Anthony Ferranti at

Media Registration:

Are you a working member of the press? We are pleased to offer complimentary registration to credentialed members of the media. Please complete the form below and include your publication, reason for attending, and any coverage that you plan to provide. Please note that beer bloggers, consumer-focused beer publications, and freelancers might not qualify.

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Recent Announcements

Startup Brewery Challenge 7: Meet the Players

We’re less than 24 hours away from the 2016 Brewbound Session in San Diego, and it’s time to introduce our presenters and judges for Startup Brewery Challenge 7, our on-of-a-kind business pitch competition presented by Craft Brew Alliance. Six craft brewery entrepreneurs who have been on the market for two years or less will take the stage tomorrow to show off their business plans, sample one core product offering and receive immediate feedback from a panel of five expert judges.

Networking Opportunities Abound at Brewbound Session San Diego

Brewbound Session San Diego will take place this Thursday and, in addition to featuring a thought-provoking discussions with a stellar lineup of industry executives and entrepreneurs, we’ve also carved out plenty of time for attendees to enjoy some great beers and intimate conversations with one another. To kickstart the networking, registered Brewbound Session attendees are invited to join the official welcome reception, sponsored by Blue Horseshoe, taking place at the “Paradise Terrace” at Paradise Point on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:00 PM.

Final Agenda Now Available for Brewbound Session San Diego

We’re just 10 days away from the 2016 Winter Brewbound Session, happening on Thursday, Dec. 1 in San Diego, and the final agenda is now available for viewing. And, as always, we’ve saved one final surprise announcement for attendees. Joining next week’s full-day event will be Vann Russell, the founder of Arlington Capital Advisors.

Brewbound Session: Discussing Pabst’s Partnership Strategy with Eugene Kashper

Pabst Brewing is the country’s fifth largest beer maker, but unlike competitors Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, Constellation and Heineken -- all of which have made significant investments in the craft space -- the company has yet to enter an otherwise frothy craft beer market teeming with eager sellers. But it’s not because the company lacks a desire to get serious about the segment. In fact, Pabst CEO and chairman Eugene Kashper has publicly acknowledged the fact that a true craft brand is a “big hole” in the company’s portfolio.

Craft Beer Entrepreneurs: Pitch Your Brand in Startup Brewery Challenge 7

Are you a new brewery owner? Do you want to win $5,000 and take an all-expenses-paid trip to Beervana? Interested in brewing a specialty batch of beer at the new Widmer Brothers innovation brewery? On Dec. 1, at the Brewbound Session conference in San Diego, six craft brewery entrepreneurs who have been on the market for two years or less will have an opportunity to participate in Brewbound’s one-of-a-kind business pitch competition -- Startup Brewery Challenge 7, presented by Craft Brew Alliance.

Brewbound Session: Exploring the Impact of a Growing Marijuana Economy on Alcohol

Tomorrow, voters in five states will decide whether to legalize sales of recreational marijuana. And on December 1, Vivien Azer, Cowen and Company's managing director and senior research analyst specializing in the beverage, tobacco and cannabis sectors, will discuss how a growing marijuana economy could impact companies in the alcohol sector.

Initial Speakers Announced for Brewbound Session San Diego

We’re less than two months away from our next Brewbound Session, and the team is excited announce its initial lineup of speakers for the December 1 event. The Brewbound Session, a full-day business conference for serious brewery professionals, will gather more than 200 attendees to discuss important industry issues and exchange ideas while learning strategies for success in the most competitive sector of the alcohol beverage category.

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