2014 Craft Brewers Conference Wrap-Up

Wow! What a week. The 2014 Craft Brewers Conference was an event to behold and participate in hosted by the fine City of Denver, Colorado.

Over 8000 people attended the 2014 CBC

Over 8000 people attended the 2014 CBC

It was a record setter…and here’s what the Brewers Association tells us:

“Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) wrapped up Friday, and it will be remembered as the largest gathering to date. How big? 9,000 industry professionals participated in the conference—that’s a 40 percent increase over the 2013 event. About 1,100 American breweries were represented in this pool of attendees.

BrewExpo America also continued its growth and remains the largest trade show of its kind, with 490 exhibitors in 2014.

In addition to the main events, the Craft Beer Wholesalers symposium saw 370 attendees, and the Craft Beer Bar Owners Conference brought together 100 participants.

To wrap up the week, 2,700 brewery representatives and select members of the trade gathered at the Hyatt Regency to celebrate the 10th World Beer Cup®. They enjoyed an array of craft beer and food pairings at the Award Ceremony and Reception, where 281

10th Annual World Beer Cup, Denver CO

10th Annual World Beer Cup, Denver CO

World Beer Cup awards were presented in one of the largest commercial beer competitions on record.

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America will travel to Portland, Ore. in 2015, April 14-17.”

If you’ve yet to attend one of the CBC’s and are in the industry in some way, I highly recommend you plan on participating. Regardless of where you are in the greater pro beer community, there are connections and friendships to be made, educational seminars to take advantage of, and an overall camaraderie that is like no other on the planet.

See you next year in Portland!

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CBC DEN 2014

Got it?

Craft Brewers Conference. Denver, Colorado, USA. 2014.

The world abounds with acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms (seriously, check it out). How we speak with each other is often rife with at least some of these on a daily basis.

Some are fun – ASAP. PBR. CBC.

Which brings me back on topic. As soon as possible, April 8 – 11 to be specific, a large portion of the professional beer community will descend on Denver, Colorado for the Craft Brewers Conference, aka CBC. (see, there we go again….).

It’s a humdinger of a conference for many reasons.

  1. Attendees come from all over the globe. This year will be the biennial World Beer Cup awards as well, which definitely skyrockets the global representation.
  2. The many tracks and seminars, workshops and events that happen as part of the conference proper as well as unofficial yet anticipated pack the days full of learning, networking, relationship building, and visiting.
  3. The variety of talent speaking and presenting is impressive – from the seminars to the trade show floor. If you want to get questions answered, here’s a great place to do so.
  4. It can be overwhelming for some, since there’s so much going on. You really have to know how to strategically plan your trip. Get lots of sleep in advance, bring a refillable water bottle, and plot your schedule.
Corkie Odell, Odell Brewing, at a previous CBC

Corkie Odell, Odell Brewing, at a previous CBC

It’s super easy to get distracted and if you want to go that route, go for it. Planning will usually yield better, more productive and meaningful results.

I’ll be there again hosting a meet-up for professionals, holding a Marketing Beer To Women workshop and presenting as part of a panel during the CBC. Go through the site to find out what’s going on.

Education and ongoing professional development are critical to progress and idea sharing. It’s also sometimes the last thing we put on the list to invest in, when it should be a list topper. Support, insight, camaraderie and relaxation make us all better in the short and long run.

See you there and then.

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A Few More Statistics

A few of the incredible professional beer community members

Because we study and gather qualitative psychographic data, it’s interesting to read quantitative stats. Fascinating!

  • As of March 2012, there were 1,989 operating breweries in the USA.
  • American small and independent breweries provide well over 100,000 jobs. Think of the end number when you add the large brewery employees!
  • The small and independent breweries produced somewhere in the range of 11.47 million barrels in 2011.
  • Over 4000 beers were entered in the 2012 World Beer Cup competition, which included 95 styles from 56 countries judged by 215 from 29 countries.

To celebrate our American Beer landscape, look for festivals, events and other beer related goings on. WEB is involved in many focused on fun education. If you’ll be at SAVOR June 8 & 9 2012 in Washington DC, be sure to look for us there.

Stats courtesy of Brewers Association

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