General Session: Welcome & State of the Industry

Craft Brewers Conference 2023
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Speakers: Pamela Brulotte, Leah Cheston, Brian Crawford, Peter DeFazio, Ben Edmunds, Jessica Fierro, Richard Fierro, Garrett Marrero, Fred Matt, Bob Pease, Craig Purser, Julie Rhodes, Bart Watson

Welcome to the 2023 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America! Join our President and CEO Bob Pease and Board of Directors Chair Garrett Marrero as they welcome you to the event and present opening remarks.

Then, we will announce the winners of our four annual industry awards, including the F.X. Matt Defense of the Craft Brewing Industry Award, the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing, the Brewers Association Recognition Award, and the Brewers Association Mentor of the Year Award.

Next, Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson will address the changing industry in the annual State of the Craft Brewing Industry presentation. He will take a uniquely deep dive into the association’s recent annual survey—the best and freshest data set in craft brewing—and present a broad national view of trends and topics he doesn’t cover anywhere else. He’ll also share exclusive big-picture thinking about what’s on the horizon for craft beer.

Finally, we will close with a panel of Industry Leaders, including the CEOs of the Brewers Association, Beer Institute, and National Beer Wholesalers Association, moderated by Right Proper Brewing Co.’s Leah Cheston. Bob Pease, Brian Crawford, and Craig Purser will discuss challenges and opportunities facing the beer industry, new beverage categories and large companies entering beverage alcohol, and what qualities differentiates beer as “America’s Beverage.”

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