Let’s Meet-Up! Introducing New Networking Opportunities for 2020

The chance to connect with your peers in the craft brewing community — that’s what the Craft Brewers Conference is all about. For 2020, there are more networking opportunities than ever, including a brand new format: meet-ups! Check out the schedule of official meet-ups and gatherings:

First Time Attendee Meet-Up

SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 225

First time at CBC? Finding the 13,000 new friends, all the options, and the giant conference center a bit overwhelming? Join Brewers Association staff, Event Committee members, and other newbies at this reception. Have a beer and some popcorn, ask your questions, and meet some friendly faces who will be there for you the rest of the conference.


Draught Quality Subcommittee Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 006 C

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Draught Quality Subcommittee. Bring your questions and ideas.


Safety Subcommittee Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 006 D

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Safety Subcommittee. Bring your questions and ideas.


Sustainability Subcommittee Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 007 A

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Sustainability Subcommittee. Bring your questions and ideas.


Engineering Subcommittee Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 007 B

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Engineering Subcommittee. Bring your questions and ideas.


Supply Chain Subcommittee & Hop Quality Group Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 006 A

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Supply Chain Subcommittee and Hop Quality Group. Bring your questions and ideas, and learn what the subcommittee is doing to help provide resources and innovation for sourcing brewing ingredients and materials.


Quality Subcommittee & Glass Quality Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:30 PM | 006 B

Join this Meet-Up to have a beer with the engaged volunteer members of the Quality Subcommittee and Glass Quality Working Group. Bring your questions and ideas.


Diversity Committee Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 C

Meet members of the Brewers Association Diversity Committee and celebrate our community!


Craft Beer Retailer Meet-Up

MONDAY, APRIL 20TH | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 D

A true gem of the Craft Brewers Conference is the chance to further learn about craft beer sales at retail. Come have a beer and participate in discussions where you can work the room, move from table to table, and get the inside scoop on how multiple retailers decide what beers they will carry and what breweries need to know.

Hosts: The Brewers Association and retailer experts, including those from the On-Premise and Off-Premise seminars earlier in the day.

*This event is open to all full-conference attendees. No sign-up required.


Continuing Education in the Brewing Industry Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | 210 A

A meet-up for those who promote learning in their workplace or brewing community!

The craft brewing industry attracts people who love to learn but often do not have an academic background in brewing science, food science, human resources, safety, business administration, etc. Most of us learn On-The-Job (OTJ) and look to resources from the Brewers Association, MBAA, and other organizations to supplement what we have learned at our breweries. We also learn from our peers through forums, conferences, and brewer social gatherings. This meet-up is for those who provide these educational resources (state guilds, MBAA districts, and more), as well as for those in breweries who either have or want to have robust continuing education programs. Join us over a few beers as we discuss our experiences, triumphs, and failures in helping our co-workers, employees, and fellow brewers access continuing education opportunities.

Hosts: Lauren Gerfen, HR Manager at COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Campbell Morrissy, Chair – Technical & Safety Committee, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild & Director of Brewery Operations at Mother Road Brewing Company in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Taproom Brewery Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 3:45 PM-5:00 PM | 006 A

Join the members of the Taproom Committee for a beer and an opportunity to meet other Taproom Brewery members. Whether your brewery has already classified itself as a Taproom, or even if you are just interested to learn more, we’re looking forward to meeting you, hearing your ideas, and sharing a beer!


Semester by Semester: College Town Brewery Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 006 B

This Meet-Up explores the opportunities and challenges of brewing in college communities. College or university towns, those spaces characterized by and dependent on the higher education industry, present a unique set of demographic and socio-economic variables for breweries to consider. Participants are invited to come together to discuss methods for discerning prevailing tastes among diverse academic bodies (undergraduates, older graduate and professional students, faculty, and support staff), approaches to designing recipes, planning tap lineups, implementing promotions and special events to appeal to those bodies, and strategies for managing the seasonal fluctuations in campus populations – specifically how to take advantage of high seasons like football, basketball, graduation, etc. – and how to contend with slower periods following the student summer exodus. This Meet-Up welcomes current and prospective professional brewers, brewery owners, and taproom managers to share their experiences, insights, and questions toward mutually navigating and flourishing in these dynamic spaces.

Host: Aaron Delgaty, Assistant Brewer at Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Veterans in the Brewing Industry Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 006 C

This Meet-Up is for veterans who own breweries or work in craft brewing to come together to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities our industry provides. We will discuss topics like the transition from the military to beer, how to recruit more veterans into the industry, and how veterans can work together to grow craft beer. Join us to establish connections and share ideas.

Hosts: Todd Baldwin, President and Founder at Red Leg Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kevin Ryan, CEO at Service Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia


Craft Brew Couples Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 006 D

Are you and your partner or significant other starting a brewery? Do you own or work in a brewery together? Let’s get together to talk about balancing business without getting tapped out. At this Meet-Up, we’ll share tips for the successful survival of both your business and your relationship.

Hosts: Tracy and Brent Cryder, Co-Founders of Southern Tail Brewing


Craft Beer Marketer and Sales Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 C

Hello marketers and sales professionals! Come have a beer with the Brewers Association PR & Marketing (PRM) Committee and fellow craft beer marketers/sales professionals. We want to pow-wow on opportunities to share ideas and advance sales for small and independent U.S. craft breweries’ beers.

Hosts: BA Board Members and PRM co-chairs Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery) and Jose Mallea (Biscayne Bay Brewing) / Julia Herz (Craft Beer Program Director, Brewers Association)​


European Craft Brewing Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 A

Come meet with folks from breweries all over Europe to discuss the topics we’ve explored at CBC 2020 and how they apply to our day-to-day back home. Make connections, share ideas, and build knowledge for the future!

Host: Liz Pratt


Human Resources Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 B

Meet human resources professionals from all over the craft brewing world and connect on how HR can impact your brewery.


Brewers of Latin America Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM | 007 D

Join this Meet-Up to network with other Latino brewers and brewing industry professionals. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to Latin American markets, including supply chain issues, finding and training employees, taxes and regulatory concerns, QA/QC, distribution, and more.

Host: Edgar Hernandez, Host and Yeast Trainer at Entre Cervezas


Brewpubs Committee Meet-Up

TUESDAY, APRIL 21ST | 4:30 PM-6:30 PM | BLUE STAR BREWING COMPANY

Meet the Brewpubs Committee and mingle with your brewpub peers. Beer and appetizers will be provided.

This is an off-site event at Blue Star Brewing Company. Event is limited to brewery operators, employees, and their guests. Ticket and/or conference badge required for entry. Tickets will be available onsite at the convention center.