Florida Brewers Conference 2017


The Florida Brewers Conference will provide brewery personnel and industry trades with a high quality educational experience, plus an opportunity to network and share delicious Florida craft beers during the two-day trade show.

Ticket Pricing:
Member: SOLD OUT
Non-Members: SOLD OUT

The 2017 conference will be held at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. This luxury, lakeside property is located just minutes from all the fun and excitement of Walt Disney World® Resort, the nighttime festivities at Universal's CityWalk and the up-close animal encounters at Gatorland. Complimentary shuttle service provided to Disney's famed theme parks. Map and directions located here.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring or advertising at the Florida Brewers Conference will provide your company with an increased level of exposure in front of brewery owners, managers, brewers and other industry leaders. The following is an overview of the 2017 sponsorship opportunities, including expo space at the trade show. Please note that package structure and pricing are subject to change.


Hotel Accommodations

To book a room contact the Wyndham's reservations department directly at 407-390-2300 or 1-800-996-3426. Reservations may also be booked online


The conference will feature presentations by experienced professionals from Florida the national craft beer community. The curriculum will be relevant to the landscape of today's business climate and will feature specific topics from the areas of production, sales and marketing, operations, economics and more. Planning is underway. Stay tuned for updates and speaker information!

TIMELINE (subject to change)

Monday, August 7th
6:00-8:00 Poolside Brewers Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 8th
7:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast, coffee, and Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar

9:00-10:00 AM  - Welcome and Keynote with Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery)

10:00-11:00 AM        Breakout Session A
Track 1 - Navigating Distribution in Florida - J. Paul Pepin (Pepin Distributing), Justin Clark (Cigar City Brewing), Ben (Cavalier Distributing), Ian Colston (Playalinda Brewing)
Track 2    - Good, Better, and Best: Establishing a lab program and taking your program to the next level - Jarrod Lindenmuth (Cigar City Brewing), Desiree Chubb (3 Daughters Brewing)
Track 3    - Most Common Violations from Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco - Thomas Philpot (ABT), John Zachem (DBPR)

11:15 AM-12:15 PM     Breakout Session B
Track 1    - Running the numbers: An in-depth look at craft beer (state, regionally, historically) / How do we measure up? - Bart Watson (Brewers Association)
Track 2    - Floridafy your Beers: Brewing with native ingredients - Matt Manthe (Odd Breed), Alden Bing (Orchid Island), Bob Sylvester (Saint Somewhere), Brandon Lojdwski (Orchid Island)
Track 3    - Insurance, Payroll, and Legal Issues in Brewing - Ryan Brawner (Plastridge Insurance Agency), Denny Gallagher (Dominion Payroll), and Trevor Brewer (Brewer Long)

12:00-2:00 PM    Lunch & Networking    
2:15-3:15 PM    Breakout Session C
Track 1    - So You Want to Host An Event - Chris Lovett (Cigar City Brewing), John Linn (Funky Buddha Brewing)
Track 2    - PLC Troubleshooting for Brewers - Dr. Alessandro Anzalone (Hillsborough Community College)
Track 3    - Meridian BrewSight - Ken Robbins (McRae)

3:30-5:30 - Hospitality Suites Open

3:30-4:30 - Emerging Safety Resources for Brewers - Matt Stinchfield (Brewers Association)

4:45-5:45 - Jim Koch (Boston Beer Company)

6:00-10:00 PM - Event Special Event at Crooked Can Brewing

Wednesday, August 9th
7:30-9:00 AM - Breakfast, coffee, and Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar

9:30-10:00 AM  - State of the Guild (Sean Nordquist - Executive Director, Kent Bailey - Guild President, Josh Aubuchon - Lobbyist & Legal Counsel)

10:00-11:00 AM        Breakout Session A
Track 1    - The Business of Brewing: Things to Know Before Day One - Nathan Stonecipher (Green Bench Brewing), Devon Kreps (7venth Sun Brewing)
Track 2    - Non Traditional Marketing Success/Social Media Effectiveness - Gary Kost (Coppertail Brewing), John Holl (Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine), Nicol Winkler (Polycreative)
Track 3    - Full-Bodied Retirement: Creating the Path from Craft Brew Wishes to Caviar Dreams - Jacqeline Dheere (Primerica Advisors)

11:15 AM-12:15 PM     Breakout Session B
Track 1    - What Do Florida Retailers Want? - Brent Hernandez (Redlight Redlight), Louis Guzzi (7-11, Inc.), and other TBA
Track 2    - Kettle Sours & Fermenting with Brett - Justin Stange (7venth Sun), Adam Beauchamp (Creature Comforts)
Track 3    - Trademark Law in Florida - Maxey Law Offices, PLLC

12:00-2:00 PM    Lunch & Networking
2:15-3:15 PM    Breakout Session C
Track 1    - Can We Do That? Florida 3-Tier and Franchise Law - Josh Aubuchon (Holland & Knight LLP)
Track 2    - Intelligent Inventory - Chris Farmand (Small Batch Standard)
Track 3    - Part sourcing, spare parts, and preventative maintenance - Casey Hughes (Coppertail Brewing), Madison Roane (Cigar City Brewing)

3:30-5:30 - Hospitality Suites Open
6:00-7:00 PM - Closing Reception - Biggest Mistakes - Joey Redner (Cigar City Brewing)