• Craft Brewers Conference Celebrates a Brewing Nation

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.

  • Craft Brewers Conference Celebrates a Brewing Nation

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.

  • Craft Brewers Conference Celebrates a Brewing Nation

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.

With more than 390 breweries, Colorado ranks fourth in the nation and is considered a trendsetting region. From April 8-11, 2019, the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America gathered 14,000 attendees from all 50 states at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver to offer insights and a celebration of the craft beer community. More than 7,000 small and independent craft brewers were represented, meaning the conference is a must for both emerging and established community members.

Topics covered by event speakers ranged from opportunities for industry growth and shifting consumer preferences to resources for technical excellence in brewing. Themed activity areas were another highlight including a spin on the traditional Oktoberfest in a mountain-chic lodge, a campground area featuring a Colorado outdoor adventure, and Burning Man Music Festival. Each area featured food, live music and beer, of course.

Other fare options consisted of a variety of box lunches, grab-and-go breakfast items and local food trucks.

Another attendee favorite is the annual community-created brew that serves as the official symposium beer. This year’s 2019 Symposium Ale, a red brut IPA, was a collaboration between several local brewers and was brewed and canned at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company in Denver. “Brut IPA is a new and exciting style, and our Conference Beer Committee thought it would be a great fit and a chance to experiment,” says Steve Kurowski, who until recently was marketing director for Colorado Brewers Guild.

Through the Colorado Brewers Guild, brewery bus tours were available the day before the conference began. This year, 11 all-day brewery tours explored regions of the Denver Front Range and Summit County.

VISIT DENVER estimates that the Craft Brewers Conference, organized by the Boulder-based Brewers Association, generated more than $35 million in direct spending in The Mile High City.

More than 6,000 attendees representing at least 70 countries gathered in Denver from May 19-23 for the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace. Denver last hosted IPW 27 years ago, and this one was particularly special since it marked the showcase’s 50th anniversary.

 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
—1 oz. Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
—.5 oz. Myer’s Dark Rum
—.5 oz. Salted spiced caramel
—hot apple cider
—apple slice
—cinnamon stick

DIRECTIONS
Line an Irish coffee glass or hot coffee mug with salted spiced caramel made with a good quality caramel and sea salt added. Pour first four ingredients into glass. Top with hot apple cider. Stir until ingredients are well mixed. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. 

 

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz. Absolut Elyx Vodka
— 0.5 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
— 1 oz. fresh grenadine
— 0.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
— 5 drops Peychaud’s Bitters
— 2.5 oz. Domaine Chandon sparkling wine (in carafe)