BC Craft Brewers Conference Returns Virtually Feb 3-5, 2021
Joe Wiebe •
BC Beer Con will return virtually to a monitor near you from February 3 to 5, 2021.
The BC Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and presented by Great Little Box Company | Ideon Packaging, brings together key stakeholders from the Canadian craft brewing industry for an annual networking and educational event.
From February 3 to 5, brewery staff, brewing students, and beer enthusiasts are invited to take part in various educational seminars and keynotes to gear up 2021. The three days are divided into half-day tracks, broken out into Brewing, Marketing & Sales, Operations, and Finance.
Keynote speakers for BC Beer Con include:
Brewing up a real change – a discussion about diversity, inclusion, and equality with Ren Navarro of Beer. Diversity.
The Path Forward for the Hospitality Industry from COVID-19 with Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association
In response to current public health advisories, the BC Craft Brewers Guild has developed a conference focused on enriched virtual experiences promising to keep BC’s craft beer community connected during the conference and throughout the year. Attendees will receive educational seminars and networking sessions centred around activating a new online private community network. The BC Craft Brewers Guild Community is a private network for attendees to form new connections directly with industry peers, suppliers, and various partners, to gain insight into key industry issues and solutions, year-round.
“While we can’t meet in person this year, we’re confident the new format and online community platform will help connect BC Craft Brewers in a new way,” said Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s important for us to continually build connections within our industry and outside of it, to ensure the longevity of craft brewing in BC.”
“Breaking out the conference into half-day tracks allows people to take part in what they’re most interested in,” said Beattie. “Running concurrent sessions didn’t allow people to absorb everything they wanted to. Now, they have the option to stay for the whole conference, or just attend the half-day session that pertains to their job.”
Tickets to BC Beer Con are now available here, with 50% of every ticket sold supporting the Canadian Craft Brewers Association to create a more inclusive and diverse beer community. BC Craft Brewers Guild member breweries and Associate Members, Canadian Craft Brewers Association Members, and Brewing School Students can attend for $20 plus applicable taxes, and public or non-member tickets are available for $50 plus applicable taxes.
Joe Wiebe is one of Canada's leading beer writers and has been telling the stories of B.C.'s craft beer community since 2006. His writing has appeared in publications throughout Canada. Based in Victoria, B.C., he is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider's Guide to BC Breweries. He is a co-founder of Victoria Beer Week and the BC Ale Trail, for which he is the Content Manager.