Brew Talks Travels to GABF:
Industry Networking & Business Discussions on September 25
Dogfish Head and Keg Logistics present Brew Talks, Brewbound's industry meetup. The event series give brewery executives, distributors, retailers and professionals who are already attending major industry gatherings an opportunity to network and engage in honest conversations about the state of the beer industry.
The Brewbound team will travel to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO and host a Brew Talks meetup at Cervantes' Masterpiece (2637 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205) on Friday, September 25th. Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Past Brew Talks Speakers
CEO, 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."
Founder & CEO, Maui Brewing Co.
Garrett co-founded Maui Brewing Company in 2005 and has made it a successful Regional Craft Brewery and Hawaii’s Largest Craft Brewer. Under his leadership, Maui Brewing Company has grown from a seven-barrel brewpub with 32 employees producing 320 barrels of beer in 2005, to a pub and brewery with over 400 employees on pace to produce nearly 53,000 barrels of beer in 2017. In the ten years since opening, revenues have grown from $1.8M in 2005 to $18M in 2017. Garrett has led numerous legislative initiatives succeeding in changing laws to better support the growing craft industry in Hawaii. In 2014 Garrett also co-founded Maui Stone Craft Beverages, a joint venture between Maui Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. in order to distribute craft beers across the State. Garrett holds a BA in Economics, a BA in International Relations, and an AA in Finance. He is passionate about craft beer, food, and Hawaii. Garrett is a Board Member of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center for the SBA, Vice President and Founding Member of the Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild, and sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Brewers Association representing Hawaii at the Federal level.
Former Diversity & Inclusion Director, Founders Brewing Co.
Graci Harkema, former Diversity & Inclusion Director of Founders Brewing Co., is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant with graci LLC. She specializes in equity and inclusive leadership training within beverage, technology, and Fortune 100 industries. She is dedicated to driving inclusion and integrating diversity to ensure an open and safe work environment. She helps evolve strategies to attract and engage a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace. Graci is committed to empowering employees to perform to their potential as their authentic selves. She partners with clients to help them achieve successful business results by maximizing talent and inclusion strategies. Graci is passionate about serving her community by volunteering her time on LGBTQ non-profit boards and committees in Michigan. She is recognized as a “40 Under Forty Business Leader of West Michigan” by Grand Rapids Business Journal and has her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University.
President, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective
Matt Fraser joined the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective as Chief Financial Officer in July 2015 after spending eight years at Lazard Freres in its middle market advisory group where he advised Dale Katechis on his partnership with Fireman Capital. As CFO of CANarchy, Matt lead all financial matters in collaboration with CANarchy brewery executives including financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and overall budget management. Matt was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 and in May 2018 his role expanded to President of the collective. As President and COO of CANarchy, Fraser leads all business operations in collaboration with the brewery partners and founders across the portfolio of craft breweries, including Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing. Fraser earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He resides in Chicago with his wife, Jennifer and two daughters.
Caitlin Looney Landesberg
Founder & CEO, Sufferfest Beer Company
Driven by her desire to have the best “finish line” beer in the world, Caitlin Landesberg took matters into her own hands. In 2012 she began developing the beer she wanted to see in the world, and as fellow runners and endurance athletes rapidly drove demand, she launched Sufferfest Beer Company in Spring 2016. Based in San Francisco and a Certified B Corporation, Sufferfest inspires active, healthy and passionate humans with award-winning, purpose-brewed craft beer. As the company's Founder and CEO, Caitlin brings 14 years of consumer marketing experience to the company, with prior positions including Director of Marketing at Strava — a social network for athletes. Three successful years into business, Sufferfest was fully acquired by Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Spring 2019. Caitlin is an avid trail runner, proud mom, member of the San Francisco Brewers Guild, and a graduate of Kenyon College. Stay in touch and follow her journey @loonsterberg.
Co-Founder & CMO, Boochcraft
Adam has been brewing regular kombucha for over a decade and began brewing for retail sale at his own restaurant in 2011. His restaurant, Local Habit, was one of the first restaurants in the country to offer kombucha on tap. Adam is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and resident Stunt Man at Boochcraft. His biggest goal is to make a difference in the communities and for the people where Boochcraft has an impact, like the Farm to Families program created in tandem with Wild Willow Farm just a couple miles from the brewery. Adam’s passions include acroyoga, surfing, organic gardening, and cooking.
Eric “Smitty" Smith
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Odell Brewing Company
Eric has dedicated his entire 25-year career to the growth of Odell Brewing. As a member of the Odell executive management team, his focus is on market expansion, portfolio management, product innovation, and coworker development. Outside of Odell initiatives, Eric is passionate about supporting the beer industry as a whole, serving on The Brewers Association’s Market Development Committee, Colorado State University Beverage Business Institute Advisory Board, Tamarron Consulting’s Alliance for Beer Leadership Council as well as committee support to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Odell Brewing is currently the 23rd largest craft brewer in the United States, with distribution across 19 states and two Colorado locations with two more in planning for 2020. As a 100% employee owned brewery, Odell strives to reinforce its commitments to independence through dedication to the Evergreen Principles.
Founder & CEO, Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
Shyla Sheppard is the founder and CEO of Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., a three-year old brewery and beer hall specializing in wild, sour and Southwest-inspired beers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shyla is originally from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where she is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She earned her Economics degree from Stanford University and completed Oxford University’s SAID School of Business Impact Investing Executive Program. Her professional background includes nearly a decade of investing and business experience as well as corporate and non-profit board directorships. With a love of funky and sour beers, she enjoys bringing a diverse perspective to the craft beer industry.