39th annual Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America set for May

March 14, 2022
More than 11,000 brewing industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet with 500 exhibitors and hear from a wide range of speakers during seminars across several different educational tracks from May 2-5 in Minneapolis.

The 39th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from May 2-5, 2022. Presented annually by the Brewers Association, The Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo is the craft brewing industry’s leading event, and the only one that serves brewpubs, taprooms and packaging breweries.

More than 11,000 brewing industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet with 500 exhibitors and hear from a wide range of speakers during seminars across nine different educational tracks.

BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for craft brewers, providing the opportunity to connect with customers, vendors and leaders in the national and international brewing arena. The trade show sets the stage for exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing professionals encounter the latest and best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

Insights and education

It is no secret the craft beer landscape is rapidly changing, challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, new distribution methods, new channels, boundary-pushing innovation and category blur. No matter your business size, it is important to understand national and global trends, how they will affect you and how you can apply this knowledge to grow your local business. With top educators, innovators and speakers from around the world, CBC’s seminars will provide an extra edge in today’s highly competitive marketplace. This year’s educational seminars cover several tracks, including:

Brewing operations & beer styles — Every distinct beer style has a unique history and characteristics and is brewed using specific techniques. Similarly, every brewery — from the smallest local brewpub to the largest regional or national packaging brand — has its own set of brewing processes and engineering challenges. Brewing experts in this track will highlight current beer styles and the techniques used to brew them, as well as ways to maximize quality and efficiency in your brewery operations, no matter the size.

Government affairs & legal and export development — It is essential for every small business to stay up to date on the rules and regulations affecting their operations. Attend the seminars in this track to make sure you are aware of the risks and opportunities in today’s national and global environment. Topics will cover everything from taxes and tariffs, to changes in state and federal laws, to the things you need to know to export your beer abroad.

Quality & ingredients — Quality management is critical for continued success in the brewing industry. Seminars in this track will help you build your own sensory and quality programs, as well as source, analyze and properly use the highest quality ingredients to brew the best beer possible.

Safety & sustainability — To ensure the long-term success of the craft beer industry, it is vital that every brewery is committed to safety and sustainability. Nothing is more important than maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your employees and customers. This track is all about providing you with the resources you need to build a culture in your brewery that fosters environmental stewardship and protects your staff and equipment from harm.

Additionally, there will be five pre-conference workshops on May 2: Safety Bootcamp for Brewers, TTB Bootcamp for Brewers, Draught Beer Quality Workshop, ASBC Lab in a Fishbowl, and THRIVE, a new roadmap to a CBC experience that empowers craft brewing community members to build safe, inclusive, and equitable cultures where everyone who makes, sells, and enjoys craft beer can thrive.

Health and wellness protocols

The Brewers Association takes its role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and understands the need to provide attendees of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo with the safest conference experience possible.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all 2022 Craft Brewers Conference attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

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