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2019 Illinois Craft Brewers Convention

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild presents the 3 rd annual Illinois Craft Brewers Convention Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 2019 back at the UIC Forum in Chicago, Illinois!

The convention will feature technical workshops, educational sessions, panel discussions, trade show floor, and networking.

Current seminar topics include chemical cleaning, wastewater treatment, advertising and the first amendment, music licensing, data benchmarking and analysis, OSHA, lager production, taproom service, and more! Check back for further updates and for a line-up of speakers.

Seminars are subject to change

Need a hotel room? Holiday Inn & Suites, 506 West Harrison Street Chicago, IL 60607. To book, call 855-268-1763 and refer to the ICBG room block.

Check back on Monday, April 29 to purchase tickets and to sign-up as a vendor

July 15-16


Over 60 Vendors

And also: Workshops, Panels, and Sessions

9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-in & light breakfast Entrance
10:00-12:00 PM Annual Q3 Meeting & Board Elections (Brewery Members Only) Rooms DE
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Main Hall ABC
12:00 – 5:00 PM Trade Show Floor Open Main Hall ABC
TBD Live Demos Main Hall ABC
5:30 - 9:30 PM Networking Dinner and Beers Details to follow!
9:00 – 10:00 AM Registration & Light Breakfast Entrance & Main Hall C
10:00 – 11:00 AM Welcome Remarks & Keynote Address featuring Joe Shorts, Founder & CEO, Shorts Brewing Co. Main Hall C
11:00 – 3:30 PM Brewer's Lounge Open Main Hall C
11:00 – 1:00 PM Box Lunches Available Main Hall C
15-Minute Break
11:15 – 12:15 PM Breakout Sessions
1A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Lager Panel moderated by John Hannafan, Siebel Institute

1B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Advertising & the First Amendment moderated by Ashley Brandt, Goldstein & McClintock
15-Minute Break
12:30 – 1:30 PM Breakout Sessions
2A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Wastewater Management

2B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Beer Server Training: “Your Service Sucks!” featuring Tim Brady, Brewers Association Beer Server Training Ambassador
15-Minute Break
1:45 – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions
3A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Chemical Cleaning

3B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Music Licensing Requirements featuring Joe Infante, Miller Canfield
15-Minute Break
3:00 – 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
4A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Plumbing & Control Systems

4B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Data Benchmarking & Analysis
4:00 PM Conference Concludes