Brewers of Pennsylvania to Host Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium

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HARRISBURG, PA – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, will host the second annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium, which will feature a keynote address from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Chairman, Tim Holden. The important one-day event on Friday, September 30 will feature ten 45 minute seminars from leaders of the craft brewing industry. The Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium will take place at the Artsquest Center at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pa.

“With both the science of brewing and the business of brewing as an event focus, attendees will be introduced to a valuable marketplace of resources, and be given a unique perspective on Pennsylvania’s ever-changing craft beer landscape,” said Dan LaBert, Executive Director of the Brewers of Pennsylvania. “For any Pennsylvania brewer, small or large, this is a must-attend event as the education presented and networking opportunities available will help set the stage for business success.”

Due to the recent change in Pennsylvania liquor laws, the Symposium, co-sponsored by Concannon, Miller & Co. P.C., and HMK Insurance, will also include a special Members-Only session to review changes that impact Brew Pubs, Farmers Market activity, distilleries, and the application process for the recently passed Malt Beverage Tax Credit.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chairman, Tim Holden, will be the keynote speaker during the Symposium Luncheon. Chairman Holden will address recent changes to the Pennsylvania liquor code, current state regulations, and other items of importance to all Pennsylvania brewers. Mr. Holden was first nominated to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Gov. Tom Corbett on June 14, 2013, and was unanimously confirmed. Mr. Holden was named Chairman of the PLCB by Gov. Tom Wolf on February 17, 2015. He was nominated to a second term by Gov. Wolf on May 18, 2016, once again being unanimously confirmed by the state Senate. Mr. Holden was a member of Congress for 10 terms, representing Pennsylvania’s 6th District from 1993 to 2002 and the 17th District from 2003 to 2012.

The Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. on September 30 with a breakfast followed by a State of the Union address from Bill Covaleski, BOP President and President of Victory Brewing Company. The first seminar will be Hop to Table: Beer Manufacturing and Distribution Issues presented by Ted Zeller, Esq., Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Nima Hadian, Shangy’s, and Fred Meyer, Susquehanna Brewing Company. Other notable seminars throughout the day include: Emerging Safety Resources for Brewers, Managing Growth: Balancing Retail vs Wholesale Demands: The First 5 Years, New Rules on Overtime Pay, Who Gets OT & How You Pay It, Content Marketing for Breweries, Stay Above the Fray – Avoiding and Resolving Trademark Disputes.

The Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium is free to BOP members (two-person representation). Paid participation is required by non-member licensed breweries and homebrewers. Click for more information on the Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium. As an added bonus, the Symposium will run in conjunction with the Artsquest Annual Oktoberfest featuring a BOP Craft Brewers Village.

About the Brewers of Pennsylvania

The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, brings together leaders of Pa.-based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state. A 501c6 trade association, the BOP is a strong and influential organization, serving the consuming public of Pa. by encouraging brand diversity in the market. BOP members employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state. Its signature annual event is the popular Meeting of the Malts. #supportPAbeer