Media Advisory: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America

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Industry Taps Southern California as Host of the Brewing Industry’s Annual Gathering, May 2-5


San Diego will play host to the 29th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America®. Presented by the Brewers Association, CBC is the largest industry event, and the only one that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.  Bringing together small and independent brewers from across the country, CBC draws more than 4,000 brewing industry professionals for workshops, collaboration and education. The CBC program includes over 50 sessions and workshops focusing on issues including sustainability, sales, packaging and export development among others, along with daily receptions and hospitalities.

BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for brewers, featuring more than 250 vendors, allowing exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and help brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and the best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

CBC is also host to the prestigious World Beer Cup® (WBC), often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competition.” The biennial WBC has drawn more than 4,000 entries from 56 countries spanning five continents. Medal winners will be decided by a panel of 215 judges, representing 29 countries.


Keynote Speaker:  Steve Hindy, Chairman and President, Brooklyn Brewery

Charlie Papazian, President, Brewers Association

Paul Gatza, Director, Brewers Association  

Vinnie Cilurzo, Owner/Brewer, Russian River Brewing Company

Tom Dargen, Director of Brewing Operations, CraftWorks Restaurants

Meg Gill, Co-founder and President, Golden Road Brewing

Ken Grossman, Founder, Owner, President, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Kim Jordan, CEO and President, New Belgium Brewing Company

Matt Meadows, National Director of Field Quality, New Belgium Brewing Company

Jenn Vervier, Director of Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing Company

…and many more


The U.S. now has more beer styles and brands to choose from than any other market in the world, allowing craft beer beginners and enthusiasts to enjoy uniquely flavored beer, produced by independent brewers. America’s craft beer industry is booming, with over 1,950 small and independent brewers responsible for creating new jobs each year and a vibrant craft beer scene. In California alone, there are more than 270 craft breweries, accounting for 19 percent of America’s total craft beer production.

The Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America provides the ideal setting for this burgeoning industry to further explore growth opportunities and the advancement of America’s craft beer culture.


Craft Brewers Conference
Wednesday, May 2-Saturday, May 5, 2012
Times vary – see link below to full schedule

BrewExpo America
Thursday, May 3: 11:00 a.m,-5:00 p.m. PT
Friday, May 4: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PT

World Beer Cup
Gala Awards Dinner
Saturday, May 5: 7:30 p.m. PT

For a full schedule of events, visit


Town and Country Resort
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108


The 2012 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America is made possible by the generous support of more than 50 sponsors.


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR?: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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. Follow us on Twitter.