Pitch Slam: Your Brand Center Stage
Meet the industry, then pitch ‘em!
- It is all about the journey. 15 semi-finalists begin the competition with a half-day of education and one-on-one conversations with respected beer industry veterans.
- Day one of the competition culminates in an opening round of tight, concise pitches with 6 brands advancing to the finals.
- On Day 2, finalists will take the main stage, challenged to make a lasting impression in just four minutes of pitch, three minutes of Q&A with the judges, and sampling of two chosen brews.
Compete against the next big brands
- We have expanded our competition to include the best new products in the brewing industry.
- The reimagined Startup Brewery Challenge welcomes adult beverage types that don’t necessarily fit into the beer category: cider, hard water, alc kombucha and beyond.
- Respected industry veterans from top investors, brands, retailers, and consultants judge the finalists, as engaged attendees and thousands of livestream viewers watch in anticipation.
Industry exposure before, during and after
- Compete for a prize including an industry awareness package and free registration for Brewbound Live Winter 2019.
- All participants will head back to their companies with actionable advice from an expert panel of judges, experience pitching in a high-stakes environment, and two days of valuable industry exposure.
- Exposure starts when participants are announced as semi-finalists, and continues after the competition.
Past Competition Judges
Category Manager – Beer, BevMo!
Amy Gutierrez, a native Northern Californian, started her beverage career, with Southern Wine & Spirits. The last two years there, she was the BevMo! Category Captain, where she helped open 19 stores. She joined BevMo! in 1997, in the same roll and then transitioned to Assistant Buyer for Food and Hardlines. Amy has always had a passion for beer, and in 2003 was promoted to the Assistant Buyer for beer. Then four years later, was promoted to her current position as Category Manager for Beer. She is responsible for all beer buying in 163 stores, in three states.
Co-Founder, Pints LLC
Daniel Lust, the former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., a family-owned beverage wholesaler based in Tucson, AZ, is an independent consultant with PINTS LLC supporting the beverage industry in strategic planning, data analysis, marketing and branding, territory expansion, and wholesaler management. During his tenure at GED he was focused on developing internal process improvements, profitable pricing initiatives, business intelligence tools and portfolio development. His sales leadership was recognized by supplier partners, including national recognition by Anheuser-Busch for developing innovative solutions to measure sales performance and execution. He is also an avid mountain biker, road cyclist, golf nut, home brewer and active member of various charitable organizations in the local community.
VP of Marketing, O&W Inc.
COO, Storied Craft Breweries
Adam has spent 20 years in the beverage industry. Prior to Storied Craft Breweries, he worked with three prominent craft brewers, serving as the VP of Sales New Holland Brewery and Distillery for two years and as VP of Sales for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for seven years. He also spent six years as National Sales and Marketing Manager for Rogue Ales. His past experiences include owning a wine distribution company and beverage brokerage, and he is a long serving member of the Brewers Association. While at Rogue, Adam grew sales of the brand from 28,000 barrels to 78,000 barrels. During his time, the brand expanded distribution to all 50 states and 20 international markets. Rogue's distribution footprint consisted of 125 distributors across 50 states. Adam also helped grow Dogfish Head from 78,000 barrels to 230,000 barrels. During his time, Dogfish expanded to 30 states with a distributor network of 135 wholesalers.
Manager of Beer Operations, Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries
With 18 years of experience in beverage and restaurant operations, Jonny is an avid craft beer expert and Certified Cicerone®. Focused within Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries on the Old Chicago brand, Jonny executes and develops the beer strategy, manages 85-plus versions of the beer list, is Old Chicago’s beer content expert, and oversees 13 regional beer specialists across the country. Jonny seeks out up-and-coming as well as proven brewers to make collaborations and exclusive beer promotions for the brand. Old Chicago has over 4000 draft lines, at 108 restaurants, in 24 states and is focused on selling a blend of local, regional and national craft beer offerings.
Director of Emerging Business Partnerships, Craft Brew Alliance
Karmen Olson is the Director of Emerging Business Partnerships for Craft Brew Alliance, where she discovers and integrates strategic partners that leverage CBA's brewing and distribution expertise. Karmen previously served as the Redhook Brand Manager for CBA where she initiated a partnership strategy with national Retail and Media outlets that led the brand from negative to double digit growth. Karmen has more than 15 years' experience in the Food and Beverage industry, specializing in brand strategy and strategic partnerships. Ms. Olson holds an MBA from George Fox University, a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University, and serves on the Board of Directors for Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, OR.
Founder, The Lost Abbey
Sports Business Reporter, ESPN
Darren Rovell is the sports business reporter for ESPN, where he has covered the beat for the network for 11 years. In this capacity, he writes for ESPN's website and appears on all its shows including "SportsCenter" and "Outside The Lines." He has a vast social media following, most notably his 1.8 million followers on Twitter. Rovell, who won an Emmy Award for his work on NBC's 2008 Election coverage during his six-year stint with business channel CNBC, has been involved with the food and beverage world for more than a decade. He wrote a book on Gatorade called "First In Thirst" and is a partner in Tastemaster Capital, which invests in early stage food and beverage companies.
Co-Founder, Border X Brewing
Innovation Brewmaster, Craft Brew Alliance
Thomas Bleigh is the Innovation Brewmaster for Craft Brew Alliance where he leads a team of Innovation brewers to create new products, explore new ingredients and engage in brewing Research & Development. Tom was born in Augsburg, Germany and is a graduate of UC Davis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and the University of Wisconsin with an Master of Fine Arts. A 16 year Craft Beer industry veteran, Tom’s interests are in meats, cheese and kimchi in addition to “Pursuit of the Perfect Pint!”
Senior Manager, Beer, Total Wine & More
Matt Bardill joined the Total Wine & More team in 2010 as a member of the Import Wine team. While on the wine business, he held various role and drove double digit growth for the import wine category. In 2014, Matt joined the beer team which accounts for over $400M in annual sales He is now the Senior Manager of the Beer Buying Team, overseeing the Beer Business at Total Wine & More across 21 states and over 170 store locations. Matt received his undergraduate degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of Maryland – College Park
Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Company
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