6 Finalists Selected in 2020 Brewbound Pitch Slam Competition

The six finalists have been selected in the 2020 edition of Brewbound’s Pitch Slam Competition, presented by Anheuser-Busch’s Brewers Collective.

Advancing to the final round of the competition on Thursday, December 10, which will be streamed for free on Brewbound.com and Brewbound’s social media platforms starting at 4 p.m. ET, are six finalists selected by the judging panel:

  • Cajun Fire Brewing Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Lunar Hard Seltzer, New York, New York
  • Norwalk Brew House, Norwalk, California
  • Pow Brewing Company, Torrance, California
  • Study Break Hard Seltzer, Los Angeles, California

Also reaching the finals, via audience vote, will be Dokkaebier (San Francisco, California).

In the semi-final round, 12 companies presented two-minute pitches to a panel of industry experts that included Ryan Lake, principal at Arlington Capital Advisor; Day Bracey, co-founder of Fresh Fest and co-host of the Drinking Partners Podcast; Oceania Eagan, founder and creative director at Blind Tiger Design; and Jason Murphy, beverage product and program innovation manager at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Other semi-finalists included:

  • Gruvi, Denver, Colorado
  • Khonso Brewing, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Masq Hard Tea, Winchester, Virginia
  • Metazoa Brewing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Patuxent Brewing Company, Waldorf, Maryland
  • Warcloud Brewing Company, Rowland Heights, California

With the field narrowed, the six finalists will each receive five minutes to pitch their businesses to a final panel of judges that includes:

  • Beny Ashburn, co-founder and CEO of Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.;
  • Thomas Bleigh, innovation brewmaster and co-founder pH Experiment, Brewers Collective;
  • Sinead Carey, director of sales at Wine Warehouse;
  • Joy Young, senior director of innovation at Anheuser-Busch’s Brewers Collective.

The winner of Pitch Slam 12 will take home a trophy and the grand prize — an advertising package valued at $10,000. The winner of Pitch Slam 12 will receive multiple opportunities to connect with craft brewery founders within Anheuser-Busch’s craft business unit the Brewers Collective, as well as industry veterans and specialists across different functions of the business, gaining access to invaluable insights and state-of-the-art resources to support their business’ growth.

Additionally, the winner will receive lab testing and quality assurance support through Elevate QA, a new initiative launched by the Brewers Collective, which provides free lab access and assistance to craft brewers.

All 12 semi-finalists will receive an individual annual subscription to Brewbound.com. The subscription includes free registration to the Brewbound Live Winter 2020 virtual business conference and Investor Speed Dating networking event.


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