The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) Seminar Subcommittee is once again hard at work reviewing the submitted seminar proposals. This year the Subcommittee is faced with an even harder task. With expanded seminar space at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. and 160+ proposals submitted by craft brewing community participants, there will be extended deliberation during the review phase. We hope to have answers for those of you waiting for a reply before the end of the year.
Speaker proposers will hear from me, Sarah White, with the committee decision. Usually the replies include “sorry, thank you but the committee was unable to find room in the program,” “the committee has decided to merge with another proposal, change format for the topic that that suggested or would like you to focus on ideas not detailed in the proposal” or “yes, the proposal is accepted.” At times it is helpful to have a talk in each track that can fit as a late substitute if circumstances warrant. Committee-generated talks or format changes will often involve a committee person calling someone directly to invite or clarify expectations.
The proposal lineup has many strong offers, and we look forward to working with many of you on creating the best and most thought-provoking educational program we can.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.