We’re just 10 days away from the 2016 Winter Brewbound Session, happening on Thursday, Dec. 1 in San Diego, and the final agenda is now available for viewing.
The Brewbound Session, a full-day business conference for serious brewery professionals, will gather 200-plus attendees to discuss important industry issues and exchange ideas while learning strategies for success in the most competitive sector of the alcohol beverage category.
And, as always, we’ve saved one final surprise announcement for attendees. Joining next week’s full-day event will be Vann Russell, the founder of Arlington Capital Advisors.
Over the last two years, Russell has advised a number of marquee craft brewery owners in a variety of strategic, private equity and family-office transactions. His client list includes Stone Brewing, Victory Brewing, Cigar City, Dogfish Head and SweetWater Brewing, among others.
At the Brewbound Session, Russell will share his thoughts on the current deal environment and explain the types of considerations both buyers and sellers have in craft beer transactions. He’ll also discuss current valuation metrics, and how he expects investments in the craft space to evolve over the next 12-to-18 months.
Joining Russell on Dec. 1 are a number of previously announced speakers, including Pabst Brewing CEO Eugene Kashper, who will discuss his company’s partnership strategy and Cowen & Company managing director Vivien Azer, who will discuss how a growing marijuana economy could impact companies in the alcohol sector.
Other speakers include:
- Brett Joyce, President, Rogue Ales & Spirits
- Tomme Arthur, Founder, The Lost Abbey
- Joel VandenBrink, Founder, Two Beers Brewing & Seattle Cider Company
- Bart Watson, Chief Economist, Brewers Association
- Lester Jones, Chief Economist, National Beer Wholesalers Association
- Alva Mather, Partner & Chair, Beverage Practice Group
In on our ongoing quest to design a full-day program that provides attendees with in-depth discussions about the state of the beer industry, lessons on branding, marketing, investment and expansion strategies, and ample networking opportunities, we’ve tweaked this year’s conference in two distinct ways:
We scaled back the number of discussions included in this year’s agenda and given speakers additional time to present. We’ve also extended networking and lunch breaks in an effort to give attendees more time to connect with other like-minded beer industry professionals.
We hope these small changes will allow speakers and attendees a chance to dive deeper into important industry issues and give those in the audience an opportunity to ask additional questions. The goal, as always, is have thought-provoking conversations and create an environment where both speakers and attendees are challenged to think critically about the future success of their businesses.
The winter conference will also include a year in review, our one-of-a-kind business pitch competition, Startup Brewery Challenge 7 (presented by Craft Brew Alliance), and the 3rd annual Brewbound Awards presentation.
About Brewbound Session:
Focused on the business side of craft brewing, Brewbound Session events offer an unmatched strategic learning opportunity for beer industry professionals by combining the best in business information and networking. The full-day program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and leaders who, through presentations and panel discussions, will touch on topics including investment, emerging trends, distribution strategies and more. Marketing, merchandising, and the overall state of the craft market are looked at as opportunities for brewers to improve revenue and profitability, and to build the capital structure that will allow them to weather any future storms.