The Colorado Brewers Guild is pleased to host our second annual conference and trade show –– the Colorado Craft Brewers Summit.


    A conference for independent Colorado craft brewers, by independent Colorado craft brewers. The Summit will focus on the most pressing needs of our craft beer community.


    Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado


    It’s not just beer! At the Summit, Colorado brewers have an opportunity to learn from each other and discuss their needs. We’ve designed the Summit to be relevant to everyone at a brewery – whether you’re in sales, a brewer, or a politics junkie.

  • Agenda

    Colorado Craft Brewers Summit

    November 4 & 5, 2018

    Lory Student Center - Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO

    Sunday, November 4

    Session S1: Brewery 101 Bootcamp

    1:00 - 2:00pm Room 382

    Join counsel for the Colorado Brewers Guild, Chas Runco, for an informative educational session on Colorado liquor law. Chas will also discuss basic differences between the rights and privileges of manufacturing breweries, wholesalers, and brewpubs.

    Session S2: Legislative and Regulatory Update

    2:15 - 3:15pm Room 382

    Andres and Chas will provide an update on the legal and market implications of the 2019 transition to full-strength beer sales in grocery and convenience stores. In addition, they will give an update on new unfair trade practices rules for on- and off-premise retailers.

    Colorado Brewers Guild Town Hall Meeting

    3:30- 4:30pm Room 382

    CBG will host a “town hall” with its members to discuss issues on your mind and what else the CBG should be doing for a brewery. Come with questions, concerns, and comments! CBG Members only!!!

    Summit Reception

    4:30 - 6:30pm - Ramskeller Brewery (On CSU Campus)

    Join us in the CSU on campus brewery, The Ramskeller, for some cold beers and light appetizers. Sponsored by RubinBrown.

    Monday, November 5

    Check in / Breakfast

    7:45 - 9:15am - Grand Ballroom

    Check in and a light breakfast. Who says brewers don't like early morning meetings?


    9:00 - 6:00pm - Grand Ballroom

    The finest suppliers in all of the land. From packaging to raw materials, they will be here to give you what you need to make the finest beers in the nation.

    Welcome and Opening Keynote: Exciting Safety Resources for Brewers

    8:30 - 9:45 - Theatre

    Matt Stinchfield – Safety Ambassador – Brewers Association

    The content is in four parts: 1) BA’s commitment to safety; 2) a discussion of helpful safety resources for brewers with an emphasis on including free, valuable brewer resources, such as BA-developed Best Management Practices, video education, Forum interaction, and presentations; 3) an overview of the hazard assessment process; and 4) a rundown of some commonplace safety concerns for brewers. Since each state has known peculiarities having to with safety laws, OSHA, etc., Matt will also address state-specific programs.

    Session A1: Beer Festival Best Practices (Marketing and Events Track)

    10:00 - 11:00am Room 386

    Listen to members of the CBG Conference and Events Committee talk about best practices on evaluating, selecting and attending beer festivals and special events.


    Speakers: Tess McFadden, Boulder Beer - Bridget Gieger, Lone Tree Brewing - Adam D'Antonio, Odell Brewing

    Session A2: Off Premise Retailer Panel (Sales and Distribution Track)

    10:00 - 11:00am Room 372

    This panel will feature representatives from grocery, convenience, and liquor stores, focusing on what they look for in selecting suppliers to work with, their plans for 2019, and their expectations for working with self-distributing breweries.


    Speakers: Greg Junk, Adult Beverage Category Manager, King Soopers - Matt Dinsmore, Managing Partner, Wilbur's Total Beverage - Safeway Representative - Convenience Store Representative

    Session A3: Enough about hops, let's talk about malt (Technical Brewing Track)

    10:00 - 11:00am Room 382

    Colorado farmers and maltsters continue to lead the charge with high quality and innovative malts for craft brewers. We gathered a few experts to tell us the story of growing and malting grain in Colorado, and what the future holds for this essential ingredient.


    Speakers: Aaron Steuck, Brewery General Manager, BJ's; Todd Olander, Owner/ Maltster, Root Shoot Malting; Jake Capron, Proximity Malt

    Session A4: Menu Consulting for Brewpubs (MASH Track)

    10:00 - 11:00am Room 376

    This panel will feature an expert restaurant consultant on how to maximize your kitchen’s food menu and ways to appeal to an ever-changing clientele. We will also discuss food and beer pairing.


    Speaker: Richard Weil, Vice President, National Restaurant Consultants

    Session B1: Anniversary Parties and Special Events (Marketing and Events track)

    11:15 - 12:15pm Room 386

    Every brewery celebrates their anniversary. But how do you create a celebration that fits your brand, community and fan base and be different from all the other anniversary parties out there?


    Speakers: Grant Babb, Joyride Brewing - Neil Fisher, Weldwerks Brewing - Jeffery Green, Very Nice Brewing

    Session B2: Legal Aspects of Distribution (Sales and Distribution Track)

    11:15 - 12:15pm Room 372

    Attorneys from Moye White will focus on pitfalls and challenges often encountered in distribution contracts. We will cover statutory rights, common contractual provisions, and tips and tricks on negotiating your own contract.


    Speakers: Craig Knobbe, Partner, Moye White - Jessica R. Hunter, Associate, Moye White

    Session B3: Custom sensory analysis programs (Technical Brewing Track)

    11:15 - 12:15pm Room 382

    Learn how different breweries can implement a sensory analysis program to fit their brewery, brands, and the unique beers they brew. Panelists will discuss topics such as how to build a beer archive, creating brand descriptions, and assembling your in-house tasting panel.


    Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave - Chris Labbe, Periodic Brewing - Mark Wingert, Left Hand Brewing

    Session B4: Examination of the effects of wood on the brewing process and beer chemistry. (MASH Track)

    11:15 - 12:15pm Room 376

    Wood can have many effects on beer and malt. Panelists discuss items to consider when using wood as part of the brewing process and ways of monitoring the contributions of wood on beer chemistry.


    Speakers: Kelley Freeman, Beyers Analytical Brewing Sciences, LLC; Graeme Hirstwood, McClellan's Brewing Co; David Monaham, Squarrel Square Barrel Company; Chris Schooley, Troubadour Maltings; Tom Moseman, Black Bottle Brewing


    12:15 - 1:45pm Grand Ballroom

    Even brewers need to eat.

    Session C1: Creative Collaborations (Marketing and Events track)

    1:45 - 2:45pm Room 386

    We all know by now that collaborations are very important to craft brewers. Weather you are collaboration with another brewer or working with like-minded companies in and outside the beer industry, the collaborations that work the best are the ones that matter the most.


    Speakers: Jason zumBrunnen, Ratio Beerworks - Christopher Schooly, Troubadour Maliting - Matt Sandy, Great Divide

    Session C2: On Premise Retailer Panel (Sales and Distribution Track)

    1:45 - 2:45PM Room 372

    This panel will feature representatives from taverns and restaurants, focusing on tap selection, special events, and tips and best practices for working with on-premise retailers.


    Speakers: Chris Black, King, Falling Rock Tap House - Kevin Bolin, Mayor, The Mayor of Old Town; Beau Jo's

    Session C3: Innovative recipe formulation (Technical Brewing track)

    1:45- 2:45pm Room 382

    Have you ever wanted to brew a chocolate milk stout, but you didn’t have the confidence to get it right on the first try? This panel will talk about how to go from idea to production, including brewers who don’t have a pilot system. Learn how to bring your ideas to life and execute in a marketable way.


    Speakers: Neil Fisher, Co-Owner and Head Brewer, Weldwerks; Brian Hutchinson, Owner, Cannonball Creek; John Sims, Wynkoop


    Session C4: Sustainability (MASH Track)

    1:45 - 2:45pm Room 376

    This panel discussion will focus on the environmental impacts of brewing and packaging beer and current obstacles Breweries are faced with when attempting to decrease their manufacturing footprint. Panelists will outline low hanging fruit and illustrate how short and long term goals will not only reduce a breweries environmental manufacturing foot print, but decrease utility costs. Topics will include the implementation of an environmental management system, tracking and baselining utility usage, as well as what tools and resources are available which help Colorado Breweries become more environmentally sustainable.


    Speakers: Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility, New Belgium; Erin Cox, QA/QC Manager, Sustainability Coordinator, Great Divide Brewing Company; Carol Cochran, Co-Founder, Horse and Dragon Brewing

    Keynote and Closing Address: Fans, Hands, and Brands: Strategies and Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity in Craft Beer

    3:00 - 4:00pm - Theatre

    Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham – Diversity Ambassador – Brewers Association

    What do a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, a colony of ants, and a recipe for a brown ale have in common? In the real world, very little. But in Dr. J.’s talk, this eclectic list of common objects will inspire attendees to rethink how we approach diversity and inclusion in the craft beer industry. In this interactive presentation, Dr. J. will open the door for an honest and judgement-free conversation about the realities of authentically reaching populations that are underrepresented among beers drinkers and brewery employees. Though there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to the many different challenges organizations face when seeking to diversify, this talk will use established best practices, craft brewing industry data, insights from social-science, and consumer research to help attendees begin to craft individualized plans for aligning inclusive practices and diversity outcomes with their overall organizational goals.


    4:00 - 6:00pm - Grand Ballroom

    A reward for all of your hard work, and another opportunity to source great products from great partners and suppliers.

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  • On Site Lodging

    Hilton Fort Collins

    Short walk to Lory Student Center

    Hilton Fort Collins has reserved a block of rooms for Summit attendees for $109.00 per night.


    To reserve by phone call 970-482-2626. Use code MCR to receive the group rate.

    To reserve online use this link. http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/F/FNLCOHF-MCR-20181104/index.jhtml

    Best Western University Inn

    Short walk to Lory Student Center

    Best Western University Inn has reserved a block of rooms for Summit attendees for $79.00 per night.


    To reserve by phone call 970-484-1984. Or book online and use GROUP ID #1P4FU9V4 to receive CCBS room rate. https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.06040.html?groupId=1P4FU9V4