Brew Talks: Industry Networking and Business Discussions
Brew Talks, Brewbound's industry meet-up series, will travel to this year's Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO on Friday, October 6 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM MT. Brew Talks GABF 2017 will consist of craft beer business discussions and industry networking at the Great Divide Brewing Co. Bottling Hall and Event Space located at 3403 Brighton Blvd. Denver, CO. Please note that the event space is located in their RiNo location, with exclusive behind the scenes look at the packaging and barrel aging facility!
Brew Talks is a traveling meet-up designed to offer beer industry professionals an opportunity to hear thought-provoking business discussions and find new ways to grow their businesses. Engage with like-minded professionals and network with fellow brewers, distributors, retailers and investors. Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks GABF 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
Past Brew Talks Speakers
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beer Category Merchant, Wegmans Markets
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.
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