Brew Talks CBC Philadelphia 2016
CEO, Pabst Brewing Company
Simon Thorpe is the CEO of Duvel Moortgat USA, the US arm of Duvel Moortgat NV, an independent, family-owned Belgian brewer specializing in super-premium craft beers in Europe and North America. For the past six years, Simon has led the growth of the company's US breweries from a small base to its current position as a respected leader in the craft beer segment. He was instrumental in bringing Boulevard Brewing Company into the Duvel Moortgat family in 2014 as well as building the success of Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York.
COO, Devils Backbone
Hayes Humphreys serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Virginia's largest craft brewery. His interest in Craft Beer was spawned by a visit to the always irreverent Magic Hat Brewery as a teenager and his first legal-age love was Pete’s Wicked Ale. Beer and brewing turned from passion and hobby to profession when faced with a slate of soul-sapping job prospects upon his graduation from the Darden School of Business. He joined the team at Devils Backbone in 2011 and has been awed each day since by the talent, intelligence and personality in the beer industry. As Chief Operating Officer, Hayes helps to develop the strategic direction for the company and oversees management of Operation, Sales, Marketing and Hospitality.
Co-Founder, Firestone Walker
Founder, Dogfish Head
Co-Founder, 21st Amendment
Nico manages all operations and business development for the 21st Amendment Brewery beer production and restaurant operations. He comes from a background of more than 25 years in the restaurant and craft beer business as a manager, beer writer and avid brewer and consultant. He co-founded the 21st Amendment Brewery with business partner Shaun O’Sullivan in 2000 and has helped grow the business to include a beer production division that is currently one of the fastest growing craft breweries in America. In addition to great craft beer, Nico enjoys an occasional good tequila, cigar and game of Texas Hold ‘em. If you’re ever at a beer festival and see a guy with a big goofy watermelon hat, vest and eyeglasses, that’s Nico. Go say hello. Nico lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife Dana, a trauma surgeon, two daughters and menagerie of pets.
Founder, Bump Williams Consulting
Bump Williams has spent 33 years working in the CPG industry with retailers, distributors, brewers, importers and Wall Street across a multitude of beverage categories and has been published in multiple industry trade magazines and national newspapers. Bump’s work and analyses provide keen insights on retailer strategies and consumer purchase behaviors. Williams is President & CEO of the BWC Consultung.
Beer Category Merchant, Wegmans Markets