2012 Craft Brewers Conference Kicks Off Next Week

Thousands of craft brewers from across the country will converge on San Diego next week for the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference, presented by the Brewers Association.

As one of the largest industry events for professional brewers, brewpubs and packaging breweries, CBC offers a wide-ranging spectrum of seminars and discussions aimed at providing brewers the chance to learn and enhance their craft.

This year’s event will be held at the San Diego Town & Country Resort (located at 500 Hotel Circle North). The Brewers Association is expecting 4,500 brewing industry professionals to attend over 100 different educational sessions. The event will also feature over 250 exhibitors at BrewExpo America, the largest trade show in the craft brewing industry.

CBC will officially begin with a welcome reception at the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday night from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The following morning, a keynote address from Brooklyn Brewery President and Co-Founder, Steve Hindy, will kick things off during the conference’s general session.

A few notable seminars happening throughout the remainder of the week include:

  • Entering Craft’s Golden Era? Considerations with the Next Wave Coming with Benj Steinman (Beer Marketer’s INSIGHTS).
  • Succession Planning and Strategies with Alan Newman (Magic Hat Founder), Jerome Chicvara (Maletis Beverage) and Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery)
  • Sales Business Planning with Adam Lambert (Dogfish Head), John Bryant (Industry Veteran) and Tommy Gannon (Sierra Nevada).
  • Penetrating Chain Stores with Tom Fox (CM Profit Group)

When: May 2-5, 2012

Where: San Diego Town & Country Resort, San Diego, CA.

Who: Craft Brewers, Distributors, Suppliers & Investors

Why: Educational seminars, Supplier networking, craft beer sampling and special events.

BrewExpo America Show Hours:

Thursday, May 3: 11:00 — 5:00 p.m.

Friday May 4: 9:30 — 4:00 p.m.

A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

Representatives from Brewbound will be in attendance and providing continual updates via twitter, facebook and on the web. If you are attending the show, please make sure to say hello.

More information on the event can be found via the conference website, which will be mobile-friendly beginning next week.

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