CBC

Presenting at the CBC!

Every year the Brewers Association asks member breweries to submit seminar ideas for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference (see Robby's informative post about the conference here). In August 2013 we were beginning to plan our trip to Denver, Colorado, for CBC 2014 when the request for submissions arrived in our inbox. Having recently completed our business planning, we briefly considered the idea of submitting a proposal related to startup breweries. We felt like CBC veterans (having attended since San Diego 2012), but we were also keenly aware that we wouldn't be operational by the time the conference started.

A final call for submissions was issued in September 2013. We realized that we had information we really wanted to share with fellow startup breweries and began composing a seminar outline...

Craft Brewers Convene

One of the most exhilarating events that Chris and I attended in our early stages of starting Virginia Beer Co. was the Craft Brewers Conference. This conference is organized by the Brewers Association (touched on in a previous post) on a yearly basis. It moves from East Coast to Midwest to West Coast venues each year, so you get a chance to experience craft beer around the country. It's primary focus is on improving brewery education and performance for brewpubs and production breweries. The event includes industry updates ("My fellow Craft Brewians:  the state of the craft beer industry is good."); seminars focused on topics from breweries-in-planning to advanced brewing techniques; and BrewExpo America, a trade show for exhibitors and buyers that allows attendees to experience first-hand products and services that industry vendors have to offer. Oh yeah, and there are waterfalls of free craft beer cascading as far as the palate can last. If you've ever dreamt of discussing the pros & cons of a two-vessel versus four-vessel brewing system with an NSI rep while drinking free Russian River Supplication, well this is the event for you. Seriously though the Craft Brewers Conference has been one of the best events that we have spent time and money on, and if you'll grant me a few words after the jump I will attempt to explain why...