Beer Industry Pros and Insiders – Event Next Week in Seattle

Brewbound is coming to town next week to host a networking and educational event for beer pros. Unless you work in the industry, or keep an unusually close eye on the industry, you may not be familiar with Brewbound. In fact, next Thursday’s event might only be of interest to industry professionals and insiders. Hard to say. The event is part of Brewbound’s Brew Talks – a series of free educational and networking events featuring in-depth business discussions with craft beer industry professionals.

Thursday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m. Brewbound will host a panel discussion at Two Beers Brewing (blog sponsor) as part of its Brew Talks West Coast Tour. The event is free but registration is required. According to Brewbound, the panel will take a look at the cultural and civic institutions that help promote craft beer in Seattle. Also, the group will discuss the forces that have enabled beer to become such a big deal in cities like Portland and San Diego. Click here to read about the event on

The panel will include editor Chris Furnari, Joel Vandenbrink (Two Beers Brewing), Ryan Hilliard (Hilliard’s Beer), and myself. Everyone is welcome to show up at 5:00 for an informal social gathering before the discussion gets underway at 5:30. Of course Two Beers brewing will have a full complement of brews on tap for your enjoyment (purchase).

Prior to the panel discussion, Furnari will conduct a question-and-answer session with Michael Gorman, Columbia Distributing’s vice president of craft and import beer. The pair will discuss how craft brewers can work with — instead of against – their distributor partners to better build brands. Gorman will explain what he looks for when selecting new craft brands, best practices for developing a strong marketplace presence and the evolving landscape of craft beer sales in Seattle.

Again, registration is required.


Brewbound provides daily coverage of the craft beer industry. Brewbound’s core readers are craft brewers with brands sold on- and off-premise, beer distributors and industry suppliers.

Brewbound delivers daily content via and the Brewbound email Newsletter. Content includes: new product launches, analysis of industry trends, video interviews with industry leaders, expert beer reviews and exclusive content from craft beer events. Brewbound convenes industry leaders twice a year for the Brewbound Craft Beer Session. Providing brewers with a detailed look at the business side of craft beer, our 2013 Sessions will take place in Boston in the second quarter and in California in the fourth quarter.

About Brew Talks:

The Brew Talks event series provides beer industry professionals with an intimate opportunity to network and discuss the business of craft in beer-friendly locales. Prior discussions have included the decision-making process behind brewery expansions, the challenges of earning local tap handles and the strategies for working more effectively with distributors. All Brew Talks events are broadcast globally via a free live stream for those unable to attend.

The West Coast Tour will also include stops at The Lost Abbey on July 23, Golden Road in Los Angeles on July 24 and Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore. on July 27.


  1. Will there be a video or audio recording of this talk available after the fact for those who can’t make it? Please link us back up if so!

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