Craft Beer is big business, and a many people’s thirsty hobby. Your chance to learn more about local Craft Beer is coming at BC Beer Con, November 8-9. Otherwise known as The BC Craft Brewers Conference, the annual networking and educational event hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and presented by Great Little Box Co / Ideon Packaging, brings key stakeholders from the BC craft brewing industry together, in-person at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.
The conference will feature a Keynote each day, educational seminars, industry updates and an opportunity to network on the trade show floor with 65+ vendors. Social networking is back with an Industry Mingler and Neon Nights Social at Another Beer Co, both on day one. The Official After Party at Steel & Oak Brewing, will wrap up the conference on day two.
“We are very excited to hold our first in person conference and trade show since 2019 and look forward to welcoming back our members and suppliers of the BC craft beer community for two days of learning, sharing, collaborating and socializing at the Anvil Centre” remarked Ken Beattie, the Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild.
The opening Keynote on November 8th is LeBaron Meyers, a Leadership and Communications coach and Advisor to NotMe Solutions, and will present, “Reconnection & Redemption,” covering the topic of workplace harassment and how craft breweries are leading the change in a way that protects both employees and owners. On November 9th Daniel Frankel, Founder & CEO of The Tap & Barrel Group, will take the stage for a talk on “Let Go and Let Grow”, a discussion on how to empower others in order to succeed.
Industry Updates focus on Sustainable Brewing and reducing the environmental impact of craft beer with Alexis Esseltine from Tin Whistle Brewing, an update on the BC Ale Trail and craft beer tourism, and Respectful Workplaces, a panel discussion focusing on mental health and wellness, with tips and tools for employers led by go2HR and the Canadian Mental Health Association BC.
The Educational Seminars are divided into three tracks: Brewing, Sales & Marketing, and Operations & Finance. Brewers can look forward to talks on Canning, Barrel Aging, Hop Growing and Yeast Hybrids. Sales & Marketers will dive deep into Digital Marketing and Video Content for Social Media Marketing, Labels and Retail Distribution. The Operations & Finance track sessions include How to Attract Capital, Beverage Diversification, Wage Compensation and Retention, and Sales Agreements and the LDB Audit.
BC Craft Brewers Guild will be partnering with #NotMe, the modern end-to-end people speak up solution, during BC Beer Con. The #NotMe App enables attendees to safely, easily, and quickly report any form of misconduct (harassment, discrimination, intimidation, etc.) that they experience or witness to the Guild during the event – anonymously if they choose.
In addition to sponsoring the conference Great Little Box Co/Ideon Packaging, are joined by workshop and event sponsors include Vessel Packaging, KegShare, Glenmore Custom Print, Hops Connect and Cellartek as vendors in the BC Beer Con Marketplace.
Tickets for the BC Craft Brewers Conference are $199 for BC Craft Brewers Guild Members for the full conference, $259 for Non-Members, and $159 for students. $25 Tickets for the Official After Party and to the Neon Nights Social can be purchased separately. Tickets and more information for the whole conference agenda can be found online at bccraftbrewersconference.com