Durham | Fri, Nov 10 | 8:45am-4:30pm | $125+
Where better to join fellow craft brewing entrepreneurs, brewing experts, craft brewing vendors, advanced hobbyists, and brew masters than in New Hampshire: central to all that the craft brewing renaissance has to offer in New England and the East Coast. The inaugural NH Craft Brew Conference offers a unique opportunity to hear from well-known keynote speakers, network, and participate in breakout sessions, panels and one-on-one discussions. Sessions offer something for everyone: brewers, advanced hobbyists, brewing entrepreneurs, brewing support staff and craft brewery owners. One track is focused on the business of beer and the other is focused primarily on the technical aspects of brewing. Learn more about marketing, sensory analysis, distribution, canning/bottling, permits, taproom management and many other key aspects of craft brewery startup and management. Learn More
NEW! NH Craft Brewing Startup Workshop
Portsmouth | Nov 6-10 | M-Th 5:00-9:00pm / Fri 8:30-4:30pm | $525+
This five-day workshop is designed for working professionals who benefit from a flexible format. After completing your evening sessions (Monday-Thursday), you’ll join our all-day NH Craft Brew Conference on Friday, November 10, to wrap up your startup workshop experience. We’ve designed several conference tracks just for you and other entrepreneurs. You’ll also have the option to purchase a ticket to the Brewer’s Banquet on Friday evening, where you can network with brewers from around New England and meet some craft brewing movers and shakers. You’ll learn all about the ins and outs of the craft brewery industry as successful craft brewery owners and industry professionals share their stories and provide insight into the inner workings of their business. Several attendees from last year’s craft brewing startup workshop will also share valuable tips about their startup experiences over the last year. Each day will take you deeper into the startup experience as you gather helpful information about funding, brewing logistics, marketing, supplies, ingredients, legal issues, distribution and strategic planning. You’ll leave the workshop with a personalized business plan, new industry contacts, good memories and a better understanding of what it takes to enter the nano-craft brewing market.
Mitch Steele is the Brewmaster, COO and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing Co. in Atlanta, GA . He has been brewing beer for over 30 years, studying brewing science at the University of California Davis and home brewing prior to becoming a professional brewer in 1988. He has since brewed at some of the largest and smallest breweries in the world. After starting on a 14 bbl system at the San Andreas Brewing Co. in California, Mitch joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992. There he managed brew-house and fermenting operations in three breweries, and lead new beer innovation as part of the Anheuser-Busch Specialty Brewing Group in the mid-1990s. In 2006, Mitch joined Stone Brewing in San Diego county, where he spent 10 years overseeing all brewing operations as Stone Brewing grew from a 50,000 bbl operation to one of the top 10 largest craft brewers in the country, operating 4 separate breweries. In 2012, Mitch authored the Brewers Publications book IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale and in 2014, the Brewers Association awarded Mitch with the prestigious Russell Scherer Award for innovation in craft brewing.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for information on conference sponsorship opportunities: 2017 Sponsor Information Packet
UNH has partnered with the Pink Boots Society to offer a scholarship for women in the brewing industry. For more information, please visit the PBS website at https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/scholarship-application/