Presented by West Coast Canning and hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild, the 2019 BC Craft Brewers Conference—dubbed BC Beer Con—takes place during BC Craft Beer Month and will be the largest to-date in this world-class beer city. Due to its explosive growth, the conference now spans two days and has moved to the Harbour Convention Centre where it will host more than 600 attendees. Bringing together the brewing community and beer enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest, the conference aims to connect stakeholders and educate them with insight into initiatives, issues and innovation.
Keynote speakers, peer- and industry-led educational seminars, and of course, beer are on the agenda. The conference also includes the Kickoff event, presented by Great Little Box Company, a trade show with more than 60 exhibitors from across North America, as well as the official after party, presented by BSG Canada and Gambrinus Malting. BC Beer Con is open to all levels of brewery staff and management, craft beer fans, industry partners, media, influencers and the general public.
Experts from across North America will be landing in Vancouver to deliver keynote speeches and seminars covering topics of brewing methods, brewery operations, finance and marketing. Featured speakers include:
Steve Beauchesne, co-founder of Beau’s Brewing Co., Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Opening Keynote address
Bryan Roth, Good Beer Hunting and the North American Guild of Beer Writers, Durham, North Carolina
Kickoff Keynote: What narratives and numbers tell us, and what you can do about them
Lizzie MacNeil, Later PR and partnerships lead, Vancouver
Actionable ways to improve your Instagram marketing strategy
Greg Zeschuk, Rob Monk, and Doug Checknita, Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, Edmonton
The story of Blind Enthusiasm
Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver, Colorado
Brewing with Brettanomyces yeast and mixed cultures seminar
Dr. Josh Mayich, owner of Darlings Farms, Darlings Island, New Brunswick
Moving beyond variety-by-name to flavour contributions in the hops industry: An evolved approach to integrating the brewing community
All-access early bird discounted tickets for the third annual BC Craft Brewers Conference are on sale until September 15 for $199 (regularly priced at $249 starting September 16). BC Craft Brewers Guild members receive a $50 discount on all-access tickets.
About BC Brewers Conference
The BC Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild, brings together key stakeholders from the entire British Columbia craft brewing industry for an annual networking and educational event. A highlight on everyone’s calendar, 600+ attendees will form new contacts with industry peers, connect with key industry suppliers, and gain insight into key industry issues. The conference includes peer-led educational sessions, a supplier trade show, and plenty of beer—we are brewers after all.