Brew Talks Travels to CBC:
Industry Networking & Business Discussions on April 21
Dogfish Head presents 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 Craft Brewers Conference in San Antonio, TX and host a Brew Talks meetup at Paper Tiger (2410 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212) on Tuesday, April 21st. Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Texas 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."
Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham
Diversity Ambassador, Brewers Association
A professor of communication studies at Randolph College, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham has dedicated her career to the study of American beer. She has published social commentary, journal articles, and book chapters; delivered keynote addresses and guest lectures; and provided expertise as a guest on radio shows, podcasts, and in news and entertainment media on the culture and inclusiveness of craft beer. Dr. J. works to provide industry members with effective strategies for aligning inclusive organizational practices with overall organizational goals and tactics for diagnosing and removing barriers to access for populations that are underrepresented among craft beer drinkers and producers.
President, Goose Island Beer Company
Todd is the president of Goose Island Beer Company, a Chicago-based brewery owned by Anheuser-Busch. He fell in love with craft beer culture in 1988 as a bartender at Goose Island’s Chicago brewpub. From there, he launched a 20-year career in music marketing, but beer was always his first passion; he never stopped offering Goose Island his help on the side (in exchange for beer, of course). Todd’s marketing career took off; he served as an executive for several of the biggest labels, working with artists from Pitbull to the Ramones, Beyonce to Blur. He developed a sixth sense for what people want to buy, and a penchant for disruptive marketing. As a bonus, he also worked mostly on the road, which allowed him to visit new breweries across the country just as craft brewing began to take off. Soon, he was back in the business, serving as Goose Island’s Consumer Experience Director. There he was responsible for the brewery’s long-term marketing strategy, leading to a national and finally, international footprint for Goose Island, all the while maintaining its authentic identity. After a two year stint running the Blue Point Brewery in New York, Todd returned home to Chicago, this time as the President of Goose Island. He’s more excited than ever to bring Goose Island into the future and give Chicago, and the rest of the world, the damn fine beer it deserves.
VP of Marketing, Boulevard Brewing Company
Natalie Gershon is the vice president of marketing for Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO. In this role, Natalie oversees the creative, consumer and trade marketing initiatives for Boulevard. Before joining the organization, Natalie spent the prior fifteen years in Los Angeles, working primarily in natural and organic CPG where she lead the marketing team at Zevia, disrupting traditional CSD, and Dogswell, the innovator of functional pet food. Natalie was thrilled to return to her hometown, and join the Boulevard team, a brand with unparalleled respect in Kansas City.
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.
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.
CEO, Beer Institute
A 20-year veteran of policy and political work, Jim McGreevy serves as president and chief executive officer of the Beer Institute, the national trade association that represents America’s brewers, beer importers and supply-chain partners – a $350 billion industry that supports more than 2.2 million American jobs. As the national voice for the industry, Jim advocates on policy matters involving Congress, state legislatures, courts and regulatory agencies. He also serves as the official spokesman to the media and elsewhere on matters affecting the beer industry. Before joining the Beer Institute, Jim served as senior vice president for government affairs at the American Beverage Association (ABA). Jim joined ABA in November 2005 as its vice president for state and local affairs. Prior to ABA, Jim was a senior associate at the Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he represented client interests before the Minnesota Legislature and administrative agencies. Jim was honored by CEO Update as a 2014 Top Association Lobbyist. Jim received a B.A. from Seton Hall University and a J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law, and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He was also a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 2003-2004. Jim lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Lizzy.
Senior Category Manager, Lowes Foods
Charles Slezak is a 25-year retail veteran and the current senior category manager for beer and wine at Lowes Foods. Based in North Carolina, Lowes is a family-owned regional supermarket focused on local products. It operates 76 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Charles is a Certified Cicerone®, Certified Specialist of Wine and holds an MBA from The University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business.