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.”
Brew Talks Virtual Panelists
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."
Co-Owner, Russian River Brewing Company
Head Brewer & Co-Owner, Green Bench Brewing Co.
Co-Founder, Hopewell Brewing Co.
President & CEO, Brewers Association
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.
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.