Brew Talks Colorado 2016
Brew Talks Colorado 2016 Speakers
CEO, New Belgium Brewing
Christine Perich serves as the CEO of New Belgium Brewing and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. At the end of 2012, she guided the company through a 2nd Stage ESOP transaction, which resulted in New Belgium becoming a 100% employee-owned company BCORP. Perich now has oversight of all day to day operations and the construction and integration of the company’s second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated for completion in late 2015. Christine has been an integral part of New Belgium’s growth and success. When she started at New Belgium in 2000, the company operated a 165,000 barrelage production facility and distributed its products in 7 states. In 2014, New Belgium will produce more than 970,000 barrels and distribute its products in 37 states and throughout Canada and Sweden.
Co-Founder, Odell Brewing
Wynne Odell is co-founder and CEO of Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. Starting in 1989 with her husband, Doug, and sister-in-law, Corkie, the trio had no grand plans, but after five years of a draft-only format, bottles were introduced and rapid growth ensued. 26 years later, Odell Brewing Company ranks 34th in size among craft breweries in the U.S. Odell is a Colorado-centric company, with 65% of its sales coming from Colorado. With the addition of Texas in 2014, it now distributes in 11 states. Wynne, Doug and Corkie undertook two transactions in July, 2015 that sold the majority of their stock to a combination of an ESOP and a trio of long-term managers. Having chosen legacy over maximum wealth, the three founders sleep well at night. Wynne, Doug and Corkie, along with 3 of their children, remain active at the brewery. Wynne currently chairs the Colorado Brewers’ Guild Board.
Co-Founder, Left Hand Brewing
Director of Sustainability & Strategy, New Belgium Brewing
From bottling line to CFO and COO, Jenn’s roles have evolved since her start at New Belgium in 1993. As a B Corporation, New Belgium makes decisions that incorporate impact on planet and people as well as profit and invests in a sustainability team to drive that effort. Jenn leads the team developing and implementing the sustainability management system, corporate responsibility reporting, greenhouse gas accounting, natural resource management, legislative advocacy, and philanthropy. She has a special interest in the intersection of environment, economics, and policy, such as ecosystem services, carbon and water credit markets.
Brewer, Fort Collins Brewery
Taylor graduated from Colorado State University with a background in Nutrition and Food Science. His love of home brewing brought him to Fort Collins Brewery where he started out as an intern, jumping in on the packing line, cleaning kegs, floor drains and grain pipes. Eventually, Taylor worked his way up to head brewer at FCB. Taylor first brewed Oktoberfest using the brewery’s pilot brew system which led to a GABF gold medal for Oktoberfest in the Dortmunder/German-Style Oktoberfest category in 2015. For both FCB and Taylor, sustainable practices are a core value that has had a profound impact on the brewery and restaurant. As a company, FCB continues to embrace a commitment to sustainability to benefit the environment and the local community.
Director of Brewing Operations, Upslope Brewing
Dany has been in the craft beer industry for over 15 years. As a brewmaster with a background in chemistry, microbiology, electricity and mechanics, he is an innovator who has contributed to building breweries from scratch. In 1999 Dany Pages opened the southernmost brewery in the world. Beagle Brewery, located on the Patagonian island of Tierra del Fuego in Ushuaia, Argentina is still in operation under the name of Fuegian Beverage. In 2008 with his partner and a very low budget, he started Upslope Brewing Co, a currently successful, independent, regional brewery located in Boulder, Colorado. Upslope has decided to stay independent by declining the offer to sell to Anheuser-Busch InBev.