BREW TALKS: INDUSTRY NETWORKING &
Dogfish Head presents Brew Talks, Brewbound's industry meet-up series. Engage with like-minded professionals and network with fellow brewers, distributors, retailers
Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks at SAVOR 2019. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity chosen by Dogfish Head.
BREWERY FOUNDERS & INDUSTRY EXECS SPEAK AT BREW TALKS
The Brew Talks SAVOR 2019 speaker lineup has not been released. Stay tuned for updates.
Co-Founder, Night Shift Brewing
Rob is part of a trio of friends who left their day jobs to follow their passion for brewing. Rob graduated from college with a strong love for craft beer. Post-college Rob worked for 6 plus years in the technology industry in Boston. In early 2012 Rob and his two other Co-Founders launched Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA. For the past 5+ years Rob has lead the brewing team at Night Shift pushing for innovation and the creation of unique world class beers. In the fall of 2016 Rob and his Co-Founders launched a second business venture, Night Shift Distributing. Rob now leads this disruptive beer wholesale operation. Rob also serves as a the President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Brewers Guild where he works to protect and promote the state's brewing industry.
Co-Founder, Independence Brewing Company
Little did Amy Cartwright, the co-founder of Independence Brewing, know that taking a job at the Bitter End Brewpub in 1996 would lead to a lifelong pursuit for the perfect IPA, and an obsession with craft beer. While enjoying a killer American Pale Ale brewed by her husband, Rob, Amy decided to dedicate herself to a more worthy endeavor: craft beer. It was then that the idea for Independence Brewing Co. was born. Years of research, planning, and fundraising culminated in October 2004, when Independence opened its warehouse doors in South Austin. Amy’s passion for brewing handcrafted beers for Texas comes through in every batch, every keg, every bottle and every can of beer that Independence brews.
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."
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.
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.
Co-Founder, Monday Night Brewing
Jeff Heck co-founded Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia with his two partners in 2011. The company began when a small group Bible study started homebrewing in his garage socially. In his role as CEO, Heck oversees all aspects of Monday Night’s operations and strategy with the aim of fulfilling the company’s purpose of “deepening human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.” A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Heck graduated from Harvard University and spent over 10 years in private equity and M&A before co-founding Monday Night. He and his wife of 14 years have four children and live just a mile from the brewery in Atlanta.
President & COO, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective
An experienced executive in craft beer, Fraser joined the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in July 2015 after spending eight years at Lazard Freres in its middle market advisory group. As CFO, 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 (COO) 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.
Managing Partner, Wormtown Brewery
David Fields is the managing partner of Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, Massachusetts. Under David’s leadership, the brewery has grown from 2,700 barrels in 2014 to 27,000 barrels in 2018. Prior to joining Wormtown, David spent 15 years as the managing partner of Consolidates Beverages, an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Auburn, Massachusetts. He also served as the vice president of sales for Consolidated Beverages between 1996 and 1999. David is the past president and former board member of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts. He also served on the boar of the National Beer Wholesalers Association and was a member of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesale panel. Born and raised in Worcester, David is married and has one son.
VP Sales & Marketing, Brooklyn Brewery
Dave Duffy is the vice president of sales & marketing at Brooklyn Brewery and leads the new combined sales partnership between Brooklyn Brewery, 21st Amendment Brewery, and Funkwerks. He has over 20 years of experience in craft beer sales & marketing, working in both the supplier and distribution tiers and as a consultant. After completing his MBA degree, Dave cut his teeth in field sales roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises and Boston Beer Company in Virginia and Colorado before working as a GM for a family Miller distributor in Denver. Returning to the supplier side, he was Division Director at New Belgium Brewing and VP of Sales & Marketing at Great Divide Brewing. In 2012, Dave began his consulting career by starting Colorado Craft Advisors, a sales & marketing consultancy focused on sales & marketing solutions for brewers and distributors which led to a role as Director in the investment banking arm of First Beverage Group.
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, 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.
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