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.
Brew Talks | GABF 2017 Speakers
Owner, No-Li Brewhouse
John Bryant is the owner of No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, Washington (USA). No-Li is an internationally-recognized and award-winning craft brewing organization built on a foundation of people, world-class craft beers, and community. John has a 30-year industry track record that began at The Rainer Brewery in Seattle. Previous industry experience includes roles as the president of Oskar Blues Brewery; chief operating officer of Odell Brewing; vice president of sales and marketing at Deschutes Brewery and national brand manager of Henry Weinhard’s. John is currently the vice president of the Washington Brewers Guild. He previously served on the board of the Association of Brewers and the board of the Brewers Association of America. He is a past president of the Inland N.W. Craft Brewers Association and received the 2011 Colorado Brewers Guild Director's Award. No-Li Brewhouse was awarded the 2015 National Brewery Partner of the Year by the NBWA and named the 2016 Washington Brewery of the Year. The company has earned 23 international brewing medals.
Managing Partner, Wormtown Brewery
David Fields is the managing partner and majority owner of Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, Massachusetts. Since joining the business in 2014, Fields has helped the company scale from just 2,700 barrels to an expected 27,000 barrels in 2017. Prior to purchasing a majority stake in the brewery, Fields was the managing partner of Consolidated Beverages, an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Auburn, Massachusetts. As a wholesaler, Fields served as the president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts and on the board of the NBWA. He is married with one son.
Senior Director of Finance, Great Divide Brewing Company
Bryan Slekes is the senior director of finance for Great Divide Brewing Company. In this role, Bryan oversees finance, HR, and national sales. Prior to joining Great Divide, Bryan’s background and experience stems from private and public finance, commercial real estate development and sales. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys biking, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Co-Founder & CEO, Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Chris Cramer is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Chris was related to Karl M. Strauss, the company’s original Master Brewer. Chris helped launch Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989. For the last 28 years, Chris has held a variety of leadership roles in the company including serving as the company’s President. He currently serves as CEO and is focused on defining long-term strategies for growth and identifying growth opportunities and resources for the company. In addition to his work with Karl Strauss, Chris sits on the board for the California Craft Brewers Association. Chris is a community activist and he personally championed many business and legislative reforms that helped pave the way for San Diego to become the capital of craft beer.
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