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Brew Talks San Francisco: Tom McCormick to Discuss California Craft Beer Legislation

Brewbound will travel to San Francisco next Wednesday, September 11, to host Brew Talks, a free educational and networking meetup for craft beer industry professionals.

The event, which will be hosted at Speakeasy & Lagers, will feature two panel discussions on the business of craft beer. editor Chris Furnari will sit down with Tom McCormick, the executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), to discuss important legislative issues facing California’s craft brewers.

McCormick will review the changes to AB 647, California’s ‘growler bill,’ as well as future considerations for additional growler-sale policies. He’ll discuss the pros and cons of allowing both on-premise and off-premise retailers to sell to-go containers. Additionally, McCormick will provide a brief preview of the bills that the CCBA is considering sponsoring in 2014.

A second discussion on the strategies behind new package introductions will feature three Bay Area-based craft brewers. Those featured panelists will be announced in the coming days.

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Sponsored by Owens-Illinois, Brew Talks will be held at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, located at 1195 Evans Ave. in San Francisco. The free event will begin at 5 p.m. PST. Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register on

Eight previous Brew Talks events have taken place in Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Portland, Maine, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. Video playback of those events is available on the Brewbound YouTube Channel.

About Brew Talks:

The Brew Talks event series provides beer industry professionals with an intimate opportunity to network and discuss the business of craft in beer-friendly locales. Prior discussions have focused on selling craft beer in key markets, the decision-making process behind brewery expansions and the challenges of earning local tap handles. All Brew Talks events are broadcasted globally via a free live stream for those unable to attend.

About Owens-Illinois

As a trusted partner for the world’s leading beer brands, we help large and small-volume craft brewers make powerful connections with consumers through innovative and brand building glass packaging. O-I’s Glass Is Life™ movement promotes the benefits of glass. For more information, visit or or contact:

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