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August 19, 2015
Portland, OR
Ticket Proceeds Donated to the Oregon Brewshed Alliance
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Commons Brewery Founder Joins Brew Talks PDX


Brewbound is pleased to announce that Michael Wright, the founder of The Commons Brewery, will join tomorrow’s Brew Talks PDX meetup to share his entrepreneurial lessons from building a small artisan craft brewery in one of the country’s most competitive beer markets.

Wright, who launched The Commons Brewery out of his garage in 2010, will discuss his experience of patiently scaling The Commons Brewery, share his business philosophy and outlook on the continued growth of the craft segment.


Beer business professionals are invited to join the Portland, Ore. meetup, being held in the Key Bank Club at Providence Park at 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, Aug 19. Panel discussions will begin promptly at 5:30 P.M. and guests are invite to imbibe and socialize until 8:00 P.M.

Two additional conversations will also be featured. Karmen Olson, Craft Brew Alliance’s senior manager of emerging business, will discuss the newly created division and share how the company approaches partnerships with smaller breweries. A panel discussion, moderated by Brewbound assistant editor Dave Eisenberg and featuring Rogue Ales’ president Brett Joyce, Columbia Distributing president Mark Walen and Maletis Beverage owner & president Rob Maletis, will analyze the challenges craft brewers face when trying to grow craft sales in crowded marketplaces.

Brew Talks — gatherings designed to provide craft brewers, distributors and retailers the opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business of craft beer – will offer attendees an excellent opportunity to gain business lessons and network with other beverage entrepreneurs.

In addition to hosting conversations with industry experts, Brewbound will also be raising money for the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, a coalition of brewers, craft beer affiliates, and conservationists advocating for the protection of forests and watersheds. 100 percent of registration proceeds will be donated to Oregon Wild, the non-profit group behind the initiative.


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. The Brew Talks program is designed to provide members of the beer community with an opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business of craft beer. The events are also broadcast globally via a free live stream. Through its six meetups this year, Brewbound has connected with more than 700 beer industry professionals and raised $8,000 for local non-profit organizations.

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