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Brewbound Session: First Wave of Speakers Announced

Brewbound Session, the business conference for serious beer industry professionals, is announcing the first wave of speakers for the full-day event that will take place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Wednesday, November 29.

Joining the winter conference — which will examine the future of beer brewing, distributing and retailing — will be top executives from Constellation Brands, Ninkasi Brewing, Drizly, Total Wine & More and Uinta Brewing.

Constellation Brands CMO Jim Sabia, along with Marty Birkel, the president of craft & specialty, will discuss the company’s recent craft brewery purchases and share lessons with the audience that the company has gleaned from its mastery of the broader beverage alcohol landscape.

The conference will feature a talk on the future of e-commerce for beer companies from Drizly co-founder Justin Robinson, and Taylor Burton, the company’s vice president of strategic partnerships. They will also provide a series of valuable insights into online purchasing behavior.

Over the course of the day, other speakers will include:

  • Matt Bardill, Senior Manager, Beer, Total Wine & More
  • Eli Aguilera, Vice President, Spirits, Total Wine & More
  • Jeremy Ragonese, Chief Marketing Officer, Uinta Brewing
  • Nikos Ridge, Co-Founder, Ninkasi Brewing
  • Cheryl Collins, CEO, Ninkasi Brewing
  • Lindsay Kunkle, Vice President, Kantar Futures
  • Mike Kallenberger, Founder, Tropos Brand Consulting

Attendees will also have the chance to rub elbows with the industry’s best and brightest during a welcome reception, hosted and sponsored by Santa Monica Brew Works, on Tuesday, November 28.

In addition to conversations with leading industry experts, the Brewbound Session will also feature the ninth installment of the Startup Brewery Challenge, sponsored by Craft Brew Alliance.

Conference registration is available online.

About Brewbound Session

Focused on the business side of brewing, the Brewbound Session is an intimate conference for serious beer industry professionals interested in hearing growth strategies while networking with emerging and established players alike. The full-day program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and innovators 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.