Brewers Association Event Takes Place April 7-10 in Chicago
Boulder, CO • March 4, 2010—Keynote speaker Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) will officially open the Brewers Association’s (BA) Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Chicago, Illinois on April 8, 2010. More than 1,600 of the world’s leading brewers, brewery owners and brewing supply professionals are expected at this year’s CBC.
As a long-time homebrewer and craft beer enthusiast, Congressman DeFazio brings real beer and brewing credentials to the annual gathering of brewers. As a legislator, he also understands the importance of ensuring that the voice of small brewers is heard on Capitol Hill.
This awareness lead Congressman DeFazio to co-found and co-chair the House Small Brewers Caucus in Washington, D.C. Bringing together more than 60 U.S. Representatives, the Caucus serves to educate Congress about the unique issues and challenges faced by America’s small brewery businesses.
Congressman DeFazio has also championed the cause of small brewers through his early and influential support of H.R. 4278, the graduated excise tax reduction legislation now under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Congressman DeFazio is a true advocate for small brewers, and we’re extremely fortunate to have him join us in Chicago” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “He has a real passion for the breweries, the brewers and the beer, and he truly understands the unique issues of our industry. Introducing him to the 1,600+ brewers attending CBC will be a real pleasure.”
“American small brewers are true craftsmen, producing some of the finest beers in the world. As a home brewer myself, I have a deep appreciation for the quality of their work. But, perhaps more important than their fine beers, is their place in local communities. These small business men and women create jobs and economic activity, and are an integral part of local community culture. I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak to this growing group of innovative business leaders,” Congressman DeFazio said.
About the Craft Brewers Conference
The Craft Brewers Conference is known for attracting renowned brewing industry professionals and supporters, such as Congressman DeFazio, as keynote speakers. The CBC is the nation’s largest annual gathering of the professional brewing industry. This year’s event takes place April 7-10 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
Conference workshop presenters cover more than 30 topics ranging from technical brewing to how to manage and market a brewery. A complete list of speakers and selected seminar topics is available at CraftBrewersConference.com.
Also at the CBC this year is the BA’s World Beer Cup®, an international beer competition held every two years. Awards for this competition will be presented on Saturday evening, April 10 at the World Beer Cup gala awards ceremony and dinner.
An additional component of the Craft Brewers Conference is BrewExpo America, the nation’s largest trade show for the craft brewing industry, featuring more than 180 of the top vendors in the industry. Attendees will also enjoy numerous social opportunities to sample the diversity of beers available in the Chicago area.
Applications for press credentials to attend the Craft Brewers Conference are now being accepted online.
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Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Visit the website, www.BrewersAssociation.org, to learn more. The association's activities include events and publishing: CraftBeer.com, World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience; American Craft Beer Week; Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 19,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.
Consumers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com.