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.
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.
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
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!