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Nashville to Host 35th Annual Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup℠


The 35th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) will be held in Music City—Nashville, TN from April 30 – May 3. CBC, presented annually by the Brewers Association, is the craft brewing industry’s leading event, and the only one that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for craft brewers, providing the opportunity to connect with customers, vendors and leaders in the national and international brewing arena. The trade show sets the stage for exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

CBC 2018 also serves as home to the World Beer Cup℠, often referred to as “the Olympics of Beer.” Developed in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing, this global competition continues to create greater consumer awareness about different beer styles and flavor profiles while promoting international brewing excellence. In 2016, 6,596 beers entered from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries were entered in the World Beer Cup and were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. This year is expected to be even more competitive, as craft brewing continues to attract an even broader universe around the globe.


Over 13,000 brewing industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet with 700 exhibitors and hear from a wide range of speakers during 70 seminars across 12 different educational tracks. Featured speakers include industry keynote address speaker Deb Carey, founder and president of New Glarus Brewery, Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza and Chief Economist Bart Watson, who will deliver the annual State of the Industry Address. The complete line up of keynote and seminar speakers will be announced mid-January.

Craft Brewers Conference 2018


As small and independent craft brewers face unique opportunities and challenges in the marketplace, CBC allows them to connect with their colleagues and comrades to share ideas and learn about relevant topics ranging from brewery operations to sustainability and government affairs. This year’s educational seminars cover 12 tracks: Brewery Operations, Brewpub Marketing and Management, Export Development, Government Affairs, Leadership (new in 2018), Packaging Brewery Marketing and Management, Quality, Safety, Selling Craft Beer, Start-ups, Sustainability and Technical Brewing.


Craft Brewers Conference

Monday, April 30 – Thursday, May 3, 2018

Times vary. For a full schedule of events, visit the CBC conference schedule.


Tuesday, May 1

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | General Session/Keynote

1:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Seminars

Wednesday, May 2

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | General Session- State of the Industry/Keynote

1:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Seminars

Thursday, May 3

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Members Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. | Seminars

BrewExpo America

Tuesday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 3: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Music City Center

201 Fifth Avenue South

Nashville, TN 27203


Media interested in attending and covering the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America must apply for press credentials.

Lodging can be booked through ConferenceDirect.


The 2018 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of their sponsors.

Contact: Matt Sutton, on behalf of the Brewers Association, (212) 255-8478


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the largest publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.
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