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May 16-17, 2016 at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton



Click here to view the Spring Conference agenda

Join us for the 2016 Beer Insights Spring Conference, May 16-17th at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton. This year’s Spring Conference will focus both on the current deal landscape (brewer and distrib) along with our usual focus on the hi-end of the beer biz.


Presentations will start at 3pm this year on Monday, May 16th and continue all day Tuesday, May 17th.
Speakers on tap include:
Panel on hard sodas, including Small Town Brewery's prexy Greig DeBow and MillerCoors Sr Director of Marketing and Innovation Bryan Ferschinger
You'll hear from AB's President of the High End Felipe Szpigel
The shifting craft landscape (IPAs and beyond) panel with 3 prominent founders:
    • Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder & President
    • Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO & Co-Founder
    • Bill Covaleski, Victory Brewing Founder

   Leaders of the beer businesses high end panel:
    • Jim Koch, Boston Beer Company Brewer and Founder
    • Bill Hackett, Contellation Brands Beer Division Chairman
    • Ronald den Elzen, Heineken USA Prexy and CEO
   You'll hear from the #2 craft player, coming off a great year:
    • Sierra Nevada's Joe Whitney, Sales & Marketing Director and Brian Grossman, co-manager of the Mills River brewery, new leadership representing generational change.
   You'll get the latest on consolidation from:
      • Bill Anderson, First Beverage Chairman & CEO, with his current perspective on the evolution of craft M&A. (His craft deal assessments/predictions at last year’s conference were spot on!)
      • Joe Thompson, Independent Beverage Group President, will give us his views on the past, present & future of distributor consolidation.
      • Mark Hall and Randy Jozwiakowski, Managing Directors of Paragon Beverage Advisors. For a number of years, Mark & Randy led AB's team on distributor consolidation. And Randy served on the board of the Craft Brew Alliance. Now that they're out on their own, they'll give us their unique perspective as they apply almost 30 years of combined beverage industry experience to client transactions.
Panel of the leading industry economists giving you informed looks at the numbers and trends:
    • Lester Jones, NBWA 
    • Bart Watson, Brewers Association
    • Michael Uhrich, Beer Institute 


Plus BMI publisher Benj Steinman's overview with key stats and developments.


Look for lots of new insights into these 2 top-of-mind topics. Along with plenty of Q&A and networking opportunities.


Price: $1125

Click here to view the Spring Conference agenda