The Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) is in full swing in D.C., bringing together thousands of brewing industry professionals from around the world. CBC is presented annually by the Brewers Association (BA) and is the only industry event that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries. This year’s conference brings four days of events, 70 seminars across 11 tracks, over 150 speakers, and the largest BrewExpo America yet.
The event kicked off Monday, April 10, with a welcome reception held at two D.C. museums. Local breweries served samples to attendees as they browsed Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History.
An address from BA President & CEO Bob Pease and from U.S. Representative DeFazio proceeded announcements of the Brewers Association Recognition Award and Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award. Finally, keynote speaker Alison Levine, inspired attendees with her message of strength and perseverance.
2017 Award Winners
- Recognition Award:
- Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Co.
- F.X. Matt Defense of the Craft Brewing Industry Award:
- Matt McLaughlin, McLaughlin, PC/Mississippi Brewers Guild
- Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing:
- Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Co.
- Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year:
- Elite Brands of Colorado
Wednesday began with even more educational opportunities, including a second general session and keynote adress. Bart Watson and Paul Gatza’s gave their annual State of the Industry Address. Awards were presented, followed by a presentation was a panel of quality experts, and wrapped up with industry veteran Dick Cantwell.
The conference closes after a full day of seminars on Thursday.
Next year’s conference will be held April 30-May 3, 2018, in Nashville.