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Brew Talks: Industry Networking and Business Discussions

In partnership with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Brew Talks CBC will take place at Penn Social on Tuesday, April 11 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET and consist of craft beer business discussions and industry networking. Brew Talks events provide a platform to engage with like-minded beer industry professionals and find new ways to grow your business.

Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks CBC 2017. Due to space limitations, ONLY brewers, distributors and retailers will be allowed to sign up at this time. 100% of registration proceeds will be donated to The District of Columbia Brewers' Guild, a nonprofit organization that unifies, strengthens, and celebrates the DC brewing community.

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Brew Talks | CBC 2017 Speakers

  • David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    David Walker

    Co-Founder, Firestone Walker

    David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    David Walker

    Co-Founder, Firestone Walker

    Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker is originally from Devon, a county in southwest England. He relocated to the West Coast in 1991, and established the brewery in Los Olivos, California with his brother-in-law Adam Firestone a few years after that. The company relocated Paso Robles in 2001. Walker makes regular trips home to see his family and check on his beer, which, along with 20 U.S. states, is distributed in the UK.

  • Sam Calagione, Founder, Dogfish Head - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Sam Calagione

    Founder, Dogfish Head

    Sam Calagione, Founder, Dogfish Head - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Sam Calagione

    Founder, Dogfish Head

    Sam Calagione is the founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. He has been named Businessman of the Year by the Small Business Administration, named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and The Wall Street Journal calls Sam "a Pioneer of bizarre brews."

  • Bryant Goulding, Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Bryant Goulding

    Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery

    Bryant Goulding, Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Bryant Goulding

    Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery

    Bryant Goulding was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from UConn with an MA in Economics and wrote his thesis on ‘The Economics & Evolution of the Craft Beer Market.’ Goulding worked as supply chain & marketing analytics consultant while living in SF and would eventually quit the consulting world to work in beer sales at Anderson Valley. He also worked for three years with Dogfish Head, managing 18 wholesalers across five states. He then spent six months at Golden Road in LA as the company’s sales director before co-founding Rhinegeist with Bob Bonder in 2013. Goulding currently serves as the VP of sales & marketing for Rhinegeist, overseeing the creative marketing and sales execution aspects of the business.

  • Chris Lennert, COO, Left Hand Brewing Company - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Chris Lennert

    COO, Left Hand Brewing Company

    Chris Lennert, COO, Left Hand Brewing Company - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Chris Lennert

    COO, Left Hand Brewing Company

    Chris Lennert is the Chief Operating Officer for Left Hand Brewing Company. Starting in 2005, he has guided the brewery into one of the Top 50 breweries in the U.S. Building & leading strong teams within the brewery is a passion of Chris’ – with over 125 employees at the brewery, effective communication and ‘One Team’ is critical to the brewery’s success. He also is the Captain of Team Left Hand, a network of teams across 6 states with over 500 employees & friend that has raised over $2.2 million for Multiple Sclerosis since 2008. On a person side, Chris has been married to his wife, Heather, for 19 years and has two rough-n-tumble boys, Noah & Evan. He’s worked tirelessly with non-profits for the last decade and a half, from Bike MS to the VP of the Colorado Brewers Guild.

  • Brian Murphy, General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Brian Murphy

    General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

    Brian Murphy, General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Brian Murphy

    General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

    Brian has 15 years of beer and beverage experience. He began working for Coca-Cola Enterprises after graduating college in 1997, and joined Burke Distributing in 1999 as an on-premise merchandising sales representative. During 12-plus years at Burke Distributing, Brian served in many roles including: General Division Sales Supervisor; On Premise Sales Manager; Spirits Category Manager; and Craft and Specialty Import Beer Category Manager. Brian serves as a liaison between existing and prospective Craft and Specialty Import Breweries and Suppliers and the wholesalers’ network that make up the alliance in order to achieve statewide sales and distribution objectives and secure new brand acquisitions. He became a Certified Cicerone® in August, 2012 and is a proud member of the NBWA, Brewer’s Association and American Homebrewers Association. Brian graduated from Bentley College (now Bentley University) in Waltham in 1997 with a BS in Business Marketing.

  • Todd Bollig, VP of Sales, Dogfish Head - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Todd Bollig

    VP of Sales, Dogfish Head

    Todd Bollig, VP of Sales, Dogfish Head - Brew Talks CBC 2017

    Todd Bollig

    VP of Sales, Dogfish Head

    Todd’s entire adult life has been spent in multiple segments of the three tier industry. His first 11 years in the industry was on the Distributor Side in New Mexico where his roles ranged from a Driver/Salesman with a large AB wholesaler to being the General Manager for New Mexico Beverage in Albuquerque. After that he spent 16 years with Constellation Beer in various leadership roles across the country. In the summer of 2015 Todd moved to Dogfish Head to take on the V.P. of Sales role.

Timeline

  • 4:00 PM
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    4:30 PM

    Doors Open + Beers & Networking 
  • 4:30 PM
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    5:15 PM

    Evolving Three-Tier Dynamics

    • Brian Murphy, General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance
      Brian Murphy, General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance -

      Brian Murphy

      General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

      Brian has 15 years of beer and beverage experience. He began working for Coca-Cola Enterprises after graduating college in 1997, and joined Burke Distributing in 1999 as an on-premise merchandising sales representative. During 12-plus years at Burke Distributing, Brian served in many roles including: General Division Sales Supervisor; On Premise Sales Manager; Spirits Category Manager; and Craft and Specialty Import Beer Category Manager. Brian serves as a liaison between existing and prospective Craft and Specialty Import Breweries and Suppliers and the wholesalers’ network that make up the alliance in order to achieve statewide sales and distribution objectives and secure new brand acquisitions. He became a Certified Cicerone® in August, 2012 and is a proud member of the NBWA, Brewer’s Association and American Homebrewers Association. Brian graduated from Bentley College (now Bentley University) in Waltham in 1997 with a BS in Business Marketing.

    • Todd Bollig, VP of Sales, Dogfish Head
      Todd Bollig, VP of Sales, Dogfish Head -

      Todd Bollig

      VP of Sales, Dogfish Head

      Todd’s entire adult life has been spent in multiple segments of the three tier industry. His first 11 years in the industry was on the Distributor Side in New Mexico where his roles ranged from a Driver/Salesman with a large AB wholesaler to being the General Manager for New Mexico Beverage in Albuquerque. After that he spent 16 years with Constellation Beer in various leadership roles across the country. In the summer of 2015 Todd moved to Dogfish Head to take on the V.P. of Sales role.

    • Chris Lennert, COO, Left Hand Brewing Company
      Chris Lennert, COO, Left Hand Brewing Company -

      Chris Lennert

      COO, Left Hand Brewing Company

      Chris Lennert is the Chief Operating Officer for Left Hand Brewing Company. Starting in 2005, he has guided the brewery into one of the Top 50 breweries in the U.S. Building & leading strong teams within the brewery is a passion of Chris’ – with over 125 employees at the brewery, effective communication and ‘One Team’ is critical to the brewery’s success. He also is the Captain of Team Left Hand, a network of teams across 6 states with over 500 employees & friend that has raised over $2.2 million for Multiple Sclerosis since 2008. On a person side, Chris has been married to his wife, Heather, for 19 years and has two rough-n-tumble boys, Noah & Evan. He’s worked tirelessly with non-profits for the last decade and a half, from Bike MS to the VP of the Colorado Brewers Guild.

    • Brian Murphy, General Manager, Massachusetts Beverage Alliance
    • Todd Bollig, VP of Sales, Dogfish Head
    • Chris Lennert, COO, Left Hand Brewing Company

     Watch Video

  • 5:15 PM
    -
    5:30 PM

    Beer Break
  • 5:30 PM
    -
    6:15 PM

    The Maturation of the Craft Category

    • Sam Calagione, Founder, Dogfish Head
      Sam Calagione, Founder, Dogfish Head -

      Sam Calagione

      Founder, Dogfish Head

      Sam Calagione is the founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. He has been named Businessman of the Year by the Small Business Administration, named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, and The Wall Street Journal calls Sam "a Pioneer of bizarre brews."

    • David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker
      David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker -

      David Walker

      Co-Founder, Firestone Walker

      Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker is originally from Devon, a county in southwest England. He relocated to the West Coast in 1991, and established the brewery in Los Olivos, California with his brother-in-law Adam Firestone a few years after that. The company relocated Paso Robles in 2001. Walker makes regular trips home to see his family and check on his beer, which, along with 20 U.S. states, is distributed in the UK.

    • Bryant Goulding, Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery
      Bryant Goulding, Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery -

      Bryant Goulding

      Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery

      Bryant Goulding was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from UConn with an MA in Economics and wrote his thesis on ‘The Economics & Evolution of the Craft Beer Market.’ Goulding worked as supply chain & marketing analytics consultant while living in SF and would eventually quit the consulting world to work in beer sales at Anderson Valley. He also worked for three years with Dogfish Head, managing 18 wholesalers across five states. He then spent six months at Golden Road in LA as the company’s sales director before co-founding Rhinegeist with Bob Bonder in 2013. Goulding currently serves as the VP of sales & marketing for Rhinegeist, overseeing the creative marketing and sales execution aspects of the business.

    • Sam Calagione, Founder, Dogfish Head
    • David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker
    • Bryant Goulding, Co-Founder, Rhinegeist Brewery

     Watch Video

  • 6:15 PM
    -
    7:00 PM

    Beers + Networking

Venue: Penn Social DC

Brew Talks CBC 2017 will take place at:

Penn Social DC

801 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

Recent Announcements

Speakers Announced for Brew Talks CBC 2017

We’re just one week away from next week’s Brew Talks meetup, taking place on Tuesday, April 11 at Penn Social in Washington D.C., and Brewbound is pleased to finally reveal the speaker lineup and official agenda for the event. The industry-only event, hosted in partnership with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and occurring alongside the 34th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference, will offer brewers, distributors and retailers a chance to participate in three hours of top-level business discussion and networking.

Brew Talks Returns to CBC on April 11

Brewbound is excited to announce that Brew Talks, our traveling meetup series for beer industry professionals, will make its official return in 2017 alongside the 34th edition of Craft Brewers Conference, being held in Washington D.C. in April. The industry-only Brew Talks meetup, hosted in partnership with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on Tuesday, April 11, will offer brewers, distributors and retailers a chance to participate in three hours of top-level business discussion and networking at Penn Social (801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004).

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