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May 29
Boston, MA
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Startup Brewery Challenge Returns to Brewbound Session – Apply Today!

Get ready for round two.

Startup Brewery Challenge 2, Brewbound’s business pitch competition for new craft brewery owners, is returning to the Brewbound Session in Boston on May 29.

The Startup Brewery Challenge is a unique opportunity for new brewers to partner with one of the country’s largest craft beer companies, Craft Brew Alliance (CBA). Brewery owners will have the opportunity to showcase their business plans, new beers and receive immediate feedback from an expert judging panel. The 10 U.S. craft beer companies who enter will have been on the market for less than two years and have annual revenues of $2 million or less.

Competing for the chance to become Widmer Brothers’ “Brother for a Day,” the winning company will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Portland, Ore. with the opportunity to craft a new collaboration beer with Widmer Brothers Brewing, take an extensive tour of the company’s pilot and production breweries, participate in Widmer Brothers’ daily taste panel and meet with its sales, marketing, graphics, quality assurance and packaging departments.

The inaugural Startup Brewery Challenge featured 10 craft beer companies and was held during last December’s Brewbound Session in San Diego. Seth Weatherly, the founder of 5 Stones Craft Brewing Co., beat out nine other participants with his seasonal release business model and a 6.4 percent ABV ‘Aloha Pina’ golden ale, brewed with fresh pineapple and roasted jalapeno.

Waverly recently traveled to Widmer’s brewery in Portland, Ore., where he spent time learning from various CBA executives and also brewed a White IPA with grapefruit.

Interested in applying for the second Startup Brewery Challenge?

Simply visit the application page for a complete listing of rules and selection criteria. Applicants will be evaluated and chosen by the Brewbound team. Questions about the competition can be directed to Mike Vassallo at or 617-231-8827.

To register for the 2014 Brewbound Session in Boston, click here.

About the Brewbound Session:

The Brewbound Session, which will be held at the Revere Hotel in downtown Boston, is a full-day conference for beer industry professionals. The event focuses on the strategic marketing, brand building and business development issues that most directly impact craft brewers. A variety of distribution, retail, investment and branding discussions are offered.

To register for the 2014 event, please click here. For questions about the event or to inquire about small brewery pricing discounts, please contact Mike Vassallo at or 617-231-8827.


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About Craft Brew Alliance:

CBA is an independent, publicly traded craft brewing company that was formed through the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers – Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery – in 2008. With an eye toward preserving and growing one-of-a-kind craft beers and brands, CBA welcomed Kona Brewing Company in 2010, and then launched Omission beer in 2012 and Square Mile Cider Company in 2013.