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Dec 4, 2014
San Diego, CA
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Startup Brewery Challenge 3 at Brewbound Session Winter 14 — Apply Today!

The Startup Brewery Challenge, Brewbound’s bi-annual business pitch competition, will return for a third edition at the Dec. 4 Brewbound Session in San Diego, Calif.

Presented by Craft Brew Alliance, the Startup Brewery Challenge gives U.S. craft breweries who have been on the market for less than two years and have annual revenues of $2 million or less a chance to show off their business plans, sample a core product offering and receive immediate feedback from an expert judging panel.

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 receive business coaching from its sales, marketing, graphics, quality assurance and packaging departments.

Participating entrepreneurs will be given two minutes to explain their business propositions and company mission statements and will receive immediate feedback from a judging panel that will include accomplished beer executives, innovative brewers and savvy craft retailers. All attendees of the conference are invited to watch the presentations.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned the winner of Startup Brewery Challenge 3?

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 Jon Landis at or 617-231-8834.

Complete details on the Startup Brewery Challenge, including exact timing of the competition and judging announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Apply Today!

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

Learn more about previous Startup Brewery Challenge winners 5 Stones Craft Brewing and Appalachian Mountain Brewery.


The Brewbound Session, which will be held at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 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.