Full Pour | San Diego | June 21, 2023

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Registration Opens May 16

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Fresh Insights On Tap

On the eve of Homebrew Con, let’s gather the professional brewing industry together for some beers and a chance to hear midyear updates from industry experts Dr. Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association, Christopher Shepard of Beer Marketers Insights, and Mitch Steele of New Realm Brewing Co.

The program includes an update on the craft brewing industry data and trends, the latest information on the supply chain, and a post-event industry happy hour.

Event Details

Wednesday, June 21

Program | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Industry Reception | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Town & Country Resort in San Diego, CA

Full Pour Pricing

Registration opens May 16

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(Price increases to $109 on June 9)

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(Price increases to $209 on June 9)

Full Pour Speakers

Bart Watson

Bart Watson

Mid Year Update: Challenges & Opportunities

While craft production was static in 2022 the industry and the market around craft is more dynamic than ever. Hear from Brewers Association chief economist on the underlying industry, economic, and consumer trends that are shaping craft and what challenges and opportunities those shifts create going forward.

About Bart:

Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, is a stats geek, beer lover, and Certified Cicerone®. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where in addition to his dissertation, he completed a comprehensive survey of Bay Area brewpubs one pint at a time.

Chris Shepard

Chris Shepard

Waiting on the 3rd Wave in Stormy Seas

Craft went through two decade-long periods of sustained growth, separated by eight years of stagnancy and course correction. Seven years after the end of its second growth spurt, is U.S. craft beer on the cusp of another wave? And if so, what will drive it? Some major craft players are going back to basics and building brands as smaller brewers invest in experiences and explore new routes to market. But beer remains challenged, regulatory sands are shifting, and M&A keeps shuffling up the deck. Buckle up for a fast-paced ride through the latest data and biggest news stories impacting the U.S. craft beer biz.

About Chris:

Christopher Shepard is a senior editor of Craft Brew News and editor of Alcohol Issues Insights. Christopher is Beer Marketer's INSIGHTS' (BMI) resident homebrewer and beer geek, and a talented actor and theater director. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in theater, dance and English.

Mitch Steele

Mitch Steele

Supply Chain Update

Supply chain disruptions imperil a brewer's ability to make beer, package beer, and get it to market. Mitch Steele will provide updates on current developments in malt and hops, carbon dioxide, packaging materials, labor, and parts of the shipping chain.

About Mitch:

Mitch Steele is the brewmaster, chief operating officer, and co-founder of New Realm Brewing Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. A professional brewer for 34 years, Mitch has managed brewing operations and innovation for four different breweries including Anheuser-Busch, and Stone Brewing in San Diego County. Mitch is the author of Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, and in 2014, he was awarded the Russell Scherer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing.