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April 28, 2015
Chicago, IL
Brew Talks Chicago 2015
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Preliminary Program for Brew Talks Chicago Announced


The Revolution Brewing Barrel Room

First things first: we need to apologize.

At the end of February, we told you that we’d be visiting Chicago on Tuesday April 28 to host our traveling Brew Talks meetup series at Revolution Brewing’s Kedzie production facility. At the time, we promised that speakers would be revealed shortly after the announcement.

Well now it’s April 24, there are 100 beer industry professionals already registered to attend next Tuesday’s meetup and we still haven’t said a peep about the program. That changes today.

Brewbound is excited to announce the first half of next Tuesday’s Brew Talks program, featuring a stellar lineup of sales & marketing experts.

Kicking things off will be Revolution Brewing’s director of sales and marketing, Donn Bichsel, who will join Brewbound editor Chris Furnari in a 1-on-1 conversation and discuss the company’s progress through the first half of 2015. He’ll also share a few insights from the Craft Brewers Conference and provide his outlook for the craft segment over the next 12-18 months.

Brew Talks guests will be also treated to a special presentation from Jason Miller, the vice president of emerging media for FleishmanHillard. In his role as VP, Miller helps clients connect with customers online and is an expert at creating and executing digital programming that is consistent with a brand’s story. At Brew Talks, Miller, an avid craft beer drinker, will explain how breweries can refine their online messaging and engage new consumers through visual storytelling.

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A third panel discussion with Wirtz Beverage’s David Kahle, Une Annee founder Jerry Nelson and two other local craft brewers will also be featured. Additional details about that talk will be announced in the coming days.

Lastly, the incredibly generous folks over at Revolution Brewing have agreed to open the taps next Tuesday and a selection of beers will be made available to Brew Talks guests. Please note: while Brew Talks Chicago is FREE to attend, Brewbound encourages all attendees to donate to West Town Bikes, which promotes bicycling in the city of Chicago.

Additional 2015 Tour Locations:

Brew Talks will be making stops in several other markets this year. While not yet finalized, here’s a glance at our plan for the remainder of 2015. Official dates and locations will be announced in the coming months.

  • May: Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO.
  • July: Michigan
  • August: Portland, Ore.
  • September: Denver, Colo. or Washington D.C.
  • November: Los Angeles

Interested in hosting a Brew Talks event? Contact Brewbound editor Chris Furnari at or 617-231-8828. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. Please contact John McKenna at or 617-231-8825 to learn more.

About Brew Talks:

Since hosting our first event in the basement of a craft beer bar in Boston in 2013, the meetup series has developed into a multi-city tour where beer industry professionals can come together inside of some of the country’s most recognizable craft breweries and share business insights with one another. In less than two years, we’ve hosted 19 meetups, in 15 U.S. cities, and connected with thousands of individuals from all tiers of the industry. The events are also broadcast globally via a free live stream.