WHAT: From April 8-11, Denver, Colorado will play host to the 31st edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America┬« (CBC). Presented by the Brewers Association, CBC is the largest industry event, and the only one that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.
BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for craft brewers, allowing exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships, and helping brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and the best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.
CBC 2014 also serves as home to the World Beer Cup┬« (WBC), often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition.” As the world’s largest global beer competition, WBC creates greater awareness about different beer styles and flavors while promoting international brewing excellence. Every two years, a highly qualified professional panel of beer judges—about 70 percent of whom hail from outside the U.S.—honors the top three beers in 91 categories with gold, silver and bronze awards. Several first time countries will be represented on the 2014 judge panel, including Spain, China and Taiwan.
WHO: An estimated 7,000 attendees will have the opportunity to visit with over 400 exhibiting companies and hear from more than 145 presenters, including CBC keynote speaker, bestselling author, food advocate and activist Michael Pollan.
WHY: Craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level with more than 2,700 breweries operating in the U.S., pouring $33.9 billion into the economy in 2012. With the innovation and full flavor that craft brewed beers offer, there continues to be an increased demand in the marketplace for small and independent brewers. CBC provides an environment for new and established members of the craft brewing community to connect, share ideas and learn about the growing industry.
WHEN: Craft Brewers Conference
Tuesday, April 8 – Friday, April 11, 2014
Times vary. For a full schedule of events, visit the CBC conference schedule.
Events of Note:
- ┬À First-Time Attendee Orientation:
Tuesday, April 8: 2:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
- ┬À Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 8: 6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
- ┬À Keynote Address & General Session
Wednesday, April 9: 9:15 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 9: 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10: 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
World Beer Cup
Gala Awards Reception and Award Ceremony
Friday, April 11: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup┬«, Great American Beer Festival┬«, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America┬«, SAVORÔäá: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week┬«. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.