Craft Beer Wholesalers Symposium

Craft Beer Wholesalers Symposium addresses topics such as supplier-distributor interaction, logistics and warehouse, staff and business issues, information technology, sales strategy and sales team.

Includes access to two-day Craft Beer Wholesalers Symposium Seminars, one-day access to Tuesday session of the BrewExpo America® trade show and Tuesday’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) welcome keynote and general session. Does not include access to CBC seminars (Tuesday – Thursday), nor access to BrewExpo America® on Wednesday or Thursday.

Attendance is limited to licensed beer wholesalers who distribute the brands of more than one company. Proof of distributors license is required for eligibility.

2018 Agenda


Monday, April 8th
10:00 am – 10:30 am Introduction and Ground Rules
10:30 am – 11:30 am Keynote Speaker
11:30 am – 11:45 am Move to Breakouts
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Six Breakout Sessions
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

Beer & Food Pairing hosted by Chef Adam Dulye

Three-course lunch with three beers

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Six Breakout Sessions
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Six Breakout Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm General Session


Tuesday, April 9th
9:15 am – 10:30 am Craft Brewers Conference General Session I
10:30 am – 10:45 am Move to Symposium Room
10:45 am – 11:45 am General Session
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Scheduled Break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm General Session
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm General Session
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Recap, Final Topics and Closing

Cold beer served

Registration Pricing

BA Member


Increases to $350 Feb. 13, 2019

Non Member


Increases to $430 Feb. 13, 2019

The Craft Beer Wholesalers Symposium was founded by Greg Koch and Arlan Arnsten of Stone Brewing Co. in spring of 2004. The first meeting, held at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego, was a small but enthusiastic gathering of 40-plus attendees. Today the conference comprises over 400 attendees and is held annually in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference. While the Brewers Association hosts this event, it exists only through the efforts and participation of America’s craft beer wholesalers.