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2018 Illinois Craft Brewers Convention


The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild presents the annual IL Craft Brewers Convention Monday July 16th and Tuesday July 17th, 2018 which will take place in Chicago, Illinois!

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

Current seminar topics will include hop aromatics, quality control, trends in label design and branding, gases in the brewery (safety, monitoring, usage, and troubleshooting), OSHA, sales & distribution, souring your beer, tax reform and the impact on brewers, and a malt sensory tasting. 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, which is good until 6/21.

July 16-17

Monday/Tuesday

Over 60 Vendors

And also: Workshops, Panels, and Sessions

9:00 – 10:00 AM Registration & Check-in  
10:00-12:00 PM Q3 Annual Meeting
Brewery members only
Board of Directors Election
Introduction of 2018-2019 Board of Directors
ILCC Representatives 11:15-11:45
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Main Hall ABC
12:00 – 5:00 PM Trade Show Floor Open Main Hall ABC
5:30 - 9:30 PM Networking Dinner and Beers Sponsoring breweries: Haymarket, Finch Beer Co., and On Tour Brewing. Bus shuttles provided. More details to follow!
9:00 – 10:00 AM Registration & Check-in Light Breakfast
10:00 – 10:45 AM Keynote Address - Main Hall C Featuring Julia Herz, Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director
15-Minute Break
11:00 – 2:30 PM Brewer's Lounge Open Main Hall C
Lunch available from 11:00-1:00 PM
11:00 – 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions
1A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Hop Aromatics featuring Dr. Patricia Aron, Rahr Malting

1B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Safety & OSHA Tips featuring Kyle Cochran, Vista Safety Consulting and Kathy Webb, USDOL-OSHA
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Main Hall C
Box Lunches will be available
12:15 – 1:15 PM Breakout Sessions
2A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Tax Reform featuring Alex Warner, CPA & Nick Romanelli, CPA of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

2B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Souring Your Beer moderated by Tom Korder, Penrose Brewing and featuring Michael Pallen, Mikerphone Brewing; Brian Pawola, Pollyanna Brewing; Luke Cole, Rhinegeist; Chris Betts, Transient; and Matt Potts, Destihl Brewery
15-Minute Break
1:30 – 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions
3A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Sales & Distribution moderated by William O’Donaghue, Daley & Georges and featuring Brandon Banbury, Hailstorm Brewing; Jason Klein, Spiteful Brewing; Brian Kerby, Heartland Beverage; Dimitri Christopoulos; Christopoulos Law; and Austin Sawyer, Lakeshore Beverage

3B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
Gases in the Brewery moderated by Ed Malnar, Pollyanna Brewing and featuring Scott Rosenbaum, Miller Carbonic; Craig Parmele, Compressed Air Services; Shaun Albeck, Helget Gas; Michael Ferris, Delta Industries; and Steve Byrd, Air Services Co.
15-Minute Break
2:45 – 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions
4A. Seminar - Rooms DE
Craft Malt Sensory featuring Jen Blair, Craft Maltsters Guild Executive Director

4B. Seminar - Rooms GHI
How to Build a Lab featuring Liz French, Begyle Brewing; Laura Burns, Great Central Brewing Co.; and Kristen Soucek, Revolution Brewing

4C. Main Hall C
Taproom Managers Roundtable featuring Paul Slayton, Skeleton Key; Brie Allison, Hand of Fate Brewing; Vikki Reid, BuckleDown Brewing; Anna Coyle, Metropolitan Brewing; and Maurizio Fiori, Half Acre Beer Co.
4:00 PM Depart  

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