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Brew Talks Returns In-Person During CBC this September

Brewbound’s Brew Talks meetup series, presented by Dogfish Head and O-I, returns live and in-person during the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, CO on Thursday, September 9. Industry leaders will meet from 1 PM MT to 4 PM MT for an afternoon session of networking, beers and high-level conversations. The event will take place at Herman's Hideaway at 1578 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210.

How to Attend In-Person or Watch Live

Beer industry professionals interested in watching the panel discussions on Thursday, September 9 can either join the meetup in-person during CBC in Denver, CO or access the free livestream worldwide. Registration is required for both in-person and virtual access. The first 50 attendees to arrive in-person will receive a Dogfish Head hat. 

COVID protocol: In-person attendees are required to wear a mask for the duration of the event.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Supplier and service companies wishing to attend the event should inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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Brew Talks Denver Speaker Lineup

The first conversation will examine core beer innovation and the evolution in marketing and packaging of long-time core beers. Dogfish Head co-founder Sam Calagione, New Belgium Brewing CEO Steve Fechheimer and Bell's Brewery Executive Vice President Carrie Yunker will discuss the strategies behind their top product lines, from the iconic 60 Minute IPA and Fat Tire Amber Ale, to newer franchises such as Hazy-O and Voodoo Ranger.

The second panel discussion was chosen by our audience and will explore marketing to Generation Z consumers. Leaders from Crowns & Hops, COOP Ale Works and New Belgium will share strategies for marketing to new legal-drinking-age consumers in authentic ways.

  • Steve Fechheimer, CEO, New Belgium - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Steve Fechheimer

    CEO, New Belgium

  • Carrie Yunker, Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Carrie Yunker

    Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery

    Carrie Yunker, Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Carrie Yunker

    Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery

    As Executive Vice President for one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S., Carrie has been with Bell’s Brewery for almost two decades. She has helped develop a highly regarded and sought-after culture for the family-owned brewery that has been recognized on both a local as well as national level as one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for. Highly energized and passionate, she believes in recognizing, elevating, and celebrating the individual value a person brings to an organization. A member of the Executive Committee for the National Craft Beer Human Resource Alliance, she is an industry leader in engagement, talent management, and strategic planning.

  • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Sam Calagione

    Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Sam Calagione

    Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Sam Calagione is the founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He also owns the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. Sam is a 2016 James Beard Award recipient was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. The Wall Street Journal has called Sam "a Pioneer of bizarre brews."

  • Mary Ann Caram, Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Mary Ann Caram

    Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works

    Mary Ann Caram, Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Mary Ann Caram

    Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works

    With an extensive background in traditional and digital marketing, Mary Ann Caram is responsible for driving the strategic marketing vision for all three product lines under the COOP Ale Works portfolio: COOP Ale Works, SONIC Hard Seltzer, and Will & Wiley Hard Seltzer. Prior to joining COOP in Oklahoma City, she spent the last 15 years in New York working in the luxury goods industry at Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, as part of the IWC Schaffhausen North American marketing team. Earlier in her career, she touched brands across all categories, including Food Network, Coca-Cola, BAND-AID, Visine, and IBM. Mary Ann is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas, and when she’s not learning everything there is to know about the craft beer and seltzer market, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and son.

  • Teo Hunter, Co-Founder, Crown and Hops - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Teo Hunter

    Co-Founder, Crown and Hops

    Teo Hunter, Co-Founder, Crown and Hops - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Teo Hunter

    Co-Founder, Crown and Hops

    As COO & Head of Brewing Operations for Crowns & Hops Brewing Co., Teo Hunter is a craft beer connoisseur, recipe designer, brand community manager and activist for racial equity in the craft beer industry. Howard University Alumni, Teo’s refined palate and experience in the cellar allows for him to lead beer production, beer distribution, global brand partnerships and operations. As a 14-Year Army veteran (Paratrooper/Artillery), he is no stranger to leading men & women under difficult circumstances towards success. His passion for spreading the love of craft beer and community is not only infections, but also a key driver in collaborations throughout the brewing industry. Teo is a California native, born in Inglewood and raised in the Altadena/Pasadena area. He has three daughters; one married living in Washington state and twin daughters in their junior year of college. Teo believes that fractal, transformative change is the key to many of the issue he sees in his community, the craft beer industry and around the country. His goal is to implement as many of these progressive strategies into his business as possible proving that racial equity is a plan for economic growth, not a zero sum game.

  • Dave Knospe, Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Dave Knospe

    Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing

    Dave Knospe, Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Dave Knospe

    Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing

    Dave Knospe is the Senior Brand Manager for New Belgium Brewing, managing the Fruit Smash, Voodoo Ranger, and Collegiate brands. Following his graduation from the University of Miami with a marketing degree, Dave’s career started out in assisting with digital marketing for a small newspaper in southwest Florida. After growing tired of designing ad campaigns for hurricane shutters and alligator tours, Dave decided to return to school to pursue an MBA from the Poole College of Management at NC State, with the goal of moving into a more exciting industry. After graduation and inspired by a lifelong love of dogs, Dave took a job as a brand marketer for Nestle Purina Petcare, managing photoshoots of puppies and working on the company’s most established brand, Dog Chow. Dave then made the jump to bring his 10+ years of marketing and brand building experience to another industry that’d he’d always been a fan of (at least since he’d turned 21) – beer. Since joining New Belgium, Dave has helped make Voodoo Ranger the fastest growing brand in craft beer and recently helped crown New Belgium as the #1 IPA brewery in the United States. Outside of work, Dave loves spending time with his wife and dog, while enjoying a New Belgium beer (of course).

  • Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall provides daily coverage of the beer industry on Brewbound.com, conducts live-streamed interviews during Brewbound's events and co-produces the Brewbound podcast. Kendall is a 17-year career journalist who led alt-weekly newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Jess Infante, Reporter, Brewbound - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Jess Infante

    Reporter, Brewbound

  • Tim Connors, Managing Director, North America, O-I - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Tim Connors

    Managing Director, North America, O-I

  • Lorena Alencar Proenca, Sales Director, North America Beer+, O-I - Brew Talks Denver 2021 (CBC)

    Lorena Alencar Proenca

    Sales Director, North America Beer+, O-I

Thursday, September 9th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

 

Please note: All times US Eastern Time

  • 3:00 PM
    -
    3:30 PM

    Doors Open

  • 3:30 PM
    -
    4:15 PM

    Panel 1 - Creating a New Legacy: Building the Traditional Beer Brands of the Future, While Supporting Your Core

    The first conversation will examine innovation within the traditional beer space and the evolution of marketing and packaging of long-time core beers at a time when most innovation efforts are focused on beyond beer offerings such as hard seltzers and canned cocktails.
    • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
      Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery -

      Sam Calagione

      Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

      Sam Calagione is the founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He also owns the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. Sam is a 2016 James Beard Award recipient was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. The Wall Street Journal has called Sam "a Pioneer of bizarre brews."

    • Steve Fechheimer, CEO, New Belgium
    • Carrie Yunker, Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery
      Carrie Yunker, Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery -

      Carrie Yunker

      Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery

      As Executive Vice President for one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S., Carrie has been with Bell’s Brewery for almost two decades. She has helped develop a highly regarded and sought-after culture for the family-owned brewery that has been recognized on both a local as well as national level as one of the Best and Brightest companies to work for. Highly energized and passionate, she believes in recognizing, elevating, and celebrating the individual value a person brings to an organization. A member of the Executive Committee for the National Craft Beer Human Resource Alliance, she is an industry leader in engagement, talent management, and strategic planning.

    • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    • Steve Fechheimer, CEO, New Belgium
    • Carrie Yunker, Executive Vice President, Bell's Brewery
  • 4:20 PM
    -
    4:40 PM

    Exclusive Interview with O-I: Standing Out, Sustainability & Innovation

    Lorena Alencar and Tim Connors discuss innovation, standing out on the shelves, and sustainability in this exclusive interview with O-I.
    • Tim Connors, Managing Director, North America, O-I
    • Lorena Alencar Proenca, Sales Director, North America Beer+, O-I
    • Tim Connors, Managing Director, North America, O-I
    • Lorena Alencar Proenca, Sales Director, North America Beer+, O-I
  • 4:20 PM
    -
    4:45 PM

    Beer & Networking Break

  • 4:45 PM
    -
    5:30 PM

    Panel 2 - Darty Starter: Marketing to Generation Z

    Generation Z consumers are coming of age, and our panelists will explore marketing strategies to speak to this new generation of drinkers.
    • Teo Hunter, Co-Founder, Crown and Hops
      Teo Hunter, Co-Founder, Crown and Hops -

      Teo Hunter

      Co-Founder, Crown and Hops

      As COO & Head of Brewing Operations for Crowns & Hops Brewing Co., Teo Hunter is a craft beer connoisseur, recipe designer, brand community manager and activist for racial equity in the craft beer industry. Howard University Alumni, Teo’s refined palate and experience in the cellar allows for him to lead beer production, beer distribution, global brand partnerships and operations. As a 14-Year Army veteran (Paratrooper/Artillery), he is no stranger to leading men & women under difficult circumstances towards success. His passion for spreading the love of craft beer and community is not only infections, but also a key driver in collaborations throughout the brewing industry. Teo is a California native, born in Inglewood and raised in the Altadena/Pasadena area. He has three daughters; one married living in Washington state and twin daughters in their junior year of college. Teo believes that fractal, transformative change is the key to many of the issue he sees in his community, the craft beer industry and around the country. His goal is to implement as many of these progressive strategies into his business as possible proving that racial equity is a plan for economic growth, not a zero sum game.

    • Dave Knospe, Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing
      Dave Knospe, Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing -

      Dave Knospe

      Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing

      Dave Knospe is the Senior Brand Manager for New Belgium Brewing, managing the Fruit Smash, Voodoo Ranger, and Collegiate brands. Following his graduation from the University of Miami with a marketing degree, Dave’s career started out in assisting with digital marketing for a small newspaper in southwest Florida. After growing tired of designing ad campaigns for hurricane shutters and alligator tours, Dave decided to return to school to pursue an MBA from the Poole College of Management at NC State, with the goal of moving into a more exciting industry. After graduation and inspired by a lifelong love of dogs, Dave took a job as a brand marketer for Nestle Purina Petcare, managing photoshoots of puppies and working on the company’s most established brand, Dog Chow. Dave then made the jump to bring his 10+ years of marketing and brand building experience to another industry that’d he’d always been a fan of (at least since he’d turned 21) – beer. Since joining New Belgium, Dave has helped make Voodoo Ranger the fastest growing brand in craft beer and recently helped crown New Belgium as the #1 IPA brewery in the United States. Outside of work, Dave loves spending time with his wife and dog, while enjoying a New Belgium beer (of course).

    • Mary Ann Caram, Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works
      Mary Ann Caram, Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works -

      Mary Ann Caram

      Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works

      With an extensive background in traditional and digital marketing, Mary Ann Caram is responsible for driving the strategic marketing vision for all three product lines under the COOP Ale Works portfolio: COOP Ale Works, SONIC Hard Seltzer, and Will & Wiley Hard Seltzer. Prior to joining COOP in Oklahoma City, she spent the last 15 years in New York working in the luxury goods industry at Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, as part of the IWC Schaffhausen North American marketing team. Earlier in her career, she touched brands across all categories, including Food Network, Coca-Cola, BAND-AID, Visine, and IBM. Mary Ann is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas, and when she’s not learning everything there is to know about the craft beer and seltzer market, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and son.

    • Teo Hunter, Co-Founder, Crown and Hops
    • Dave Knospe, Senior Marketing Manager, New Belgium Brewing
    • Mary Ann Caram, Marketing Director, COOP Ale Works
  • 5:30 PM
    -
    6:00 PM

    Beers & Networking

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