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Brew Talks: Analyzing the Beer Category’s Hop Vax Summer Trends ft. Dogfish Head, Korger, NielsenIQ, Brewers Association

Brew Talks returns on Thursday, July 15, for another virtual meetup to examine just how hot the all-important summer season has been for the beer category.

Following the July 4 holiday weekend, the Brew Talks panel will discuss summer selling season trends, examine the growth of beyond beer offerings such as hard seltzers and ready-to-drink canned cocktails, zero in on the style trends that are working, and peer ahead to fall resets.

Panelists include:

  • Sam Calagione, co-founder of Dogfish Head
  • Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association
  • Danelle Kosmal, VP of Beverage Alcohol Practice for NielsenIQ
  • Jason Milburn, director of adult beverage for Kroger

The discussion begins at 3 p.m. ET and is free to view via Brewbound’s virtual event venue.

A second panel discussion will explore the future of craft beer bars in the U.S. following the reopening of the on-premise channel and in the wake of the closing of Denver’s Falling Rock Tap House. The conversation will delve into how craft beer bar owners are adjusting to consumers’ changing palates and interests and how the pandemic affected them.

Calagione will stick around for the conversation, which will include:

  • Celina Tio, owner of The Belfry Lounge in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Melissa Myers, owner of The Good Hop in Oakland, California
  • Michael Roper, owner of The Hopleaf Bar in Chicago, Illinois

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration is free but required for access. Click here to register.

Audience members are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the program to

Brew Talks is presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Additional sponsors include the Reyes Beer Division. Supplier and services companies interested in sponsoring future editions of Brew Talks should contact Bryce McDonald.

About Brewbound

Published by Inc., Brewbound is a leading multi-media industry trade publication providing comprehensive information about the beer space, analysis of industry trends and in-depth interviews with industry leaders. In addition to providing daily news coverage, Brewbound gathers entrepreneurs and executives to exchange ideas, discuss the state of the industry and hear strategies for succeeding in beverage alcohol via a series of nationwide meetups, multi-day business conferences, live-streamed shows and podcasts.

About Brew Talks

Since hosting our first event in the basement of a Boston craft beer bar in 2013, Brewbound’s Brew Talks meetup series has developed into a multi-city tour in which beer industry professionals gather at well-known industry events to share business insights. The program provides members of the beer community with an opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business of beer and beyond. Brew Talks is also broadcast globally via a free live stream.