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A Sign of The Times: BC Business Magazine Returns With A Full Day 'Business of Craft Beer' Event For 2015

Carlos Mendes

You really don’t have to look far to see signs of the unprecedented success that our craft beer industry is currently experiencing.  From the proliferation of new breweries across the province, to the growth of craft beer tourism and the ever-expanded lineups at festivals like Victoria Beer Week and Vancouver Craft Beer Week, the industry and the culture that surrounds it have grown in recent years to become an integral part of the fabric of our province.  On the back of this success has come a growing recognition from media, government and the larger business community of the important contributions that BC’s craft beer industry make to our cities, our culture and to our provincial economy.   

A great example of this recognition is the ‘Business of Craft Beer’, an event hosted by BC Business Magazine that is now in its second year.  After putting on a successful and well-attended half-day event at the Imperial last year, BC Business has returned with a full-day event at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 28th.  Balancing topical discussions with the kind of personal insights from industry veterans that we enjoyed last year, the event will feature six different panels, including a ‘Liquor Laws’ panel moderated by the BC Craft Brewers Guild's Ken Beattie featuring the LDB’s Kim Giesbrecht, a ‘Pioneers’ panel featuring none other than John Mitchell, and a Water Conservation & Waste Management panel featuring representatives from Metro Vancouver and everyone’s favorite waste water engineer/P49 head brewer, Graham With.   It will also include a ‘Legal/Accounting’ panel featuring yours truly, and moderated by the fabulous Rebecca Whyman.  If the prospect of hearing me speak about the legal aspects of opening and operating a brewery weren’t enough of a motivation to rush out and buy tickets, the event will also include opening remarks from the Thirsty Writer himself, Joe Weibe, provide a great opportunity to connect and share stories, and (if last year’s event is anything to go by) include a fair amount of refreshments from some of BC’s top breweries.

A few tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

What better way to get ready for VCBW than an all-day craft beer conference? See you there!