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Brew Talks Virtual to Discuss COVID-19 Response 6 Months Later

Brewbound and Dogfish Head will host the next Brew Talks Virtual event on Thursday, August 27 at 3 p.m. ET on Brewbound.com. 

Nearly six months after the COVID-19 pandemic upended the beer industry, leaders from the three major beer industry trade organizations will return to discuss how the industry is meeting the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, efforts to provide brewers with relief, the industry’s legislative priorities, and much more.

Leaders from Dogfish Head Russian River, Hopewell Brewing and Green Bench Brewing will discuss how their craft breweries have navigated the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and give a look at how they’re approaching the future of their businesses.

Brew Talks, Brewbound's industry meetup, is presented by Dogfish Head. The free event series give beer professionals an opportunity to engage in honest conversations about the state of the beer industry.

“Dogfish is proud to sponsor this special edition of Brew Talks.” said Sam Calagione, the co-founder of Dogfish Head. “This is a challenging time in our country and industry. We have a lot to learn from each other. Let’s take this opportunity to help one another navigate through this moment.”

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Brew Talks Virtual Panelists

  • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Sam Calagione

    Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Sam Calagione

    Co-founder, 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."

  • Natalie  Cilurzo, Co-Owner, Russian River Brewing Company - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Natalie Cilurzo

    Co-Owner, Russian River Brewing Company

  • Khris Johnson, Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co. - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Khris Johnson

    Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co.

  • Samantha Lee, Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Co. - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Samantha Lee

    Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Co.

  • Bob Pease, President & CEO, Brewers Association - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Bob Pease

    President & CEO, Brewers Association

  • Craig  Purser, President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Craig Purser

    President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association

    Craig  Purser, President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Craig Purser

    President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association

    Craig Purser serves as the leading advocate for America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors. In this role, Purser is responsible for the strategic development and tactical execution of the association’s mission in the areas of government, public, industry and political affairs. He has led the charge to strengthen the three-tier system of beer distribution and state-based alcohol regulation. During his tenure at NBWA, Purser has been a consensus builder among industry partners, control advocates, public health activists and elected leaders. Under Purser’s leadership, NBWA worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to help Congress pass the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act. This meaningful legislation emphasizes the primary responsibility of the states to regulate alcohol as afforded them by the 21st Amendment, addresses health and safety issues related to underage drinking and authorizes grants to support innovative efforts. A veteran of Capitol Hill and numerous political campaigns, Purser served on the staff of former U.S. Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (OK) and managed the successful election of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (OK). In 2009 and 2011, Purser was recognized by the leading association publication CEO Update as a Top Association CEO. A native of Oklahoma, Purser is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Gretchen, reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their three children.

  • Jim McGreevy, President & CEO, Beer Institute - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Jim McGreevy

    President & CEO, Beer Institute

    Jim McGreevy, President & CEO, Beer Institute - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Jim McGreevy

    President & 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.

  • Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall provides daily coverage of the beer industry on Brewbound.com, conducts live-streamed interviews during Brewbound's events and co-produces the Brewbound podcast. Kendall is a 17-year career journalist who led alt-weekly newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Jess Infante, Reporter, Brewbound - Brew Talks Virtual - August 2020

    Jess Infante

    Reporter, Brewbound

Brew Talks Virtual Presenting Sponsor

Livestream Program: Thursday, August 27th - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

 

Please note: All times US Eastern Time

  • 3:00 PM
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    Introduction & Welcome Remarks

    • Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound
      Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound -

      Justin Kendall

      Editor, Brewbound

      Justin Kendall provides daily coverage of the beer industry on Brewbound.com, conducts live-streamed interviews during Brewbound's events and co-produces the Brewbound podcast. Kendall is a 17-year career journalist who led alt-weekly newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

    • Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound
  • 3:00 PM
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    4:00 PM

    Panel 1: Navigating the Next Normal

    • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
      Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery -

      Sam Calagione

      Co-founder, 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."

    • Natalie Cilurzo, Co-Owner, Russian River Brewing Company
    • Khris Johnson, Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co.
    • Samantha Lee, Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Co.
    • Sam Calagione, Co-founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    • Natalie Cilurzo, Co-Owner, Russian River Brewing Company
    • Khris Johnson, Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co.
    • Samantha Lee, Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Co.
  • 4:00 PM
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    5:00 PM

    Panel 2: Beer Industry Trade Group Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Crisis 6 Months Later, Legislative Efforts and More

    • Bob Pease, President & CEO, Brewers Association
    • Craig Purser, President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association
      Craig  Purser, President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association -

      Craig Purser

      President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association

      Craig Purser serves as the leading advocate for America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors. In this role, Purser is responsible for the strategic development and tactical execution of the association’s mission in the areas of government, public, industry and political affairs. He has led the charge to strengthen the three-tier system of beer distribution and state-based alcohol regulation. During his tenure at NBWA, Purser has been a consensus builder among industry partners, control advocates, public health activists and elected leaders. Under Purser’s leadership, NBWA worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to help Congress pass the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act. This meaningful legislation emphasizes the primary responsibility of the states to regulate alcohol as afforded them by the 21st Amendment, addresses health and safety issues related to underage drinking and authorizes grants to support innovative efforts. A veteran of Capitol Hill and numerous political campaigns, Purser served on the staff of former U.S. Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (OK) and managed the successful election of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (OK). In 2009 and 2011, Purser was recognized by the leading association publication CEO Update as a Top Association CEO. A native of Oklahoma, Purser is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Gretchen, reside in Alexandria, Virginia, with their three children.

    • Jim McGreevy, President & CEO, Beer Institute
      Jim McGreevy, President & CEO, Beer Institute -

      Jim McGreevy

      President & 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.

    • Bob Pease, President & CEO, Brewers Association
    • Craig Purser, President & CEO, National Beer Wholesalers Association
    • Jim McGreevy, President & CEO, Beer Institute

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