Ticket sales open for a first-of-a-kind event bringing together California’s craft brewers and craft beer enthusiasts

Today the California Craft Brewers Association launched online ticket sales for a first-of-a-kind event, the California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase. More than 150 California breweries are expected to participate in events ranging from beer tastings to educational brewing sessions at the two day summit, including industry icons such as Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada; David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.; and Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo, owners of Russian River Brewing Co.

“This is a golden ticket into the world of craft brewing,” said Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association. “This type of access to experienced brewers, and insight into the culture and creativity of craft brewing is unheard of. When you live in a state that is overwhelmingly passionate about the art of craft beer, you don’t expect tickets to last for long.”  

The summit will bring together retailers, wholesalers, brewery owners, beer enthusiasts and home-brewers for an educational, hands-on experience to see, touch, smell and taste beer.

“This is not just a celebration of California’s craft brewers,” said McCormick. “It is a thank you to all craft beer enthusiasts who value the art, culture and quality of California’s craft beers.”

Ticket packages and pricing for the weekend range from $60 to $239 and include a variety of educational sessions, tasting and food pairing activities, VIP access and festival events on September 11-12 in Sacramento.

“We are beyond thrilled to be a part of the growing craft beer culture in California,” said Mike Sardina with Societe Brewing Company in San Diego. “This summit is a significant and exciting event for our brewery and it is important for the entire craft brewing community in this state.”

Tickets for the event are available at

A complete speaker and topic schedule will be released In May 2015.

To learn more about the craft beer industry in California, please follow California Craft Brewers Association on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



The CCBA is excited and proud to announce the launch of the California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase to connect California’s thriving craft brewing industry to beer enthusiasts across the state. This first-of-its-kind event will profile California craft beer and celebrate the brewers whose creativity and passion have formed the world’s most coveted beers. The two day summit and brewers showcase will be held in Sacramento on September 11th-12th, 2015.

The two day event will allow attendees to see, smell, taste and feel beer while learning about beer styles, how beer is made and experience an inside view of the craft brewing industry.  The trade show floor will feature numerous demonstrations and “Tap Talks” while breakout seminars in a classroom setting will explore all facets of craft beer.

The Expo will culminate with the “Brewers Showcase” – a unique beer festival and village that will profile and highlight craft beers from all across California.

Summit Website IS LIVE! More information on the event can be found here:

Sponsorship Opportunities: Looking at ways your company can get involved? Sponsorship Opportunities can be found here. Contact- [email protected] 

Brewery Participation: Interested in pouring your beer at the Brewers Showcase? Please email  [email protected]


‘Farmers’ Market Bill’ is Now Law

January 12th, 2015 by CCBA


The CCBA-sponsored Assembly Bill 2004 (Chesbro) added Section 23399.45 to the Business and Professions Code, effective 01/01/15.  This provision creates a new Certified Farmers’ Market Beer Sales Permit, which has been designated as a Type 84. 

The new permit will allow beer manufacturers (Types 01 and 23) to sell sealed containers of beer off-sale to consumers at certified farmers’ markets.  Each permit allows the permit-holder to exercise this privilege at a single certified farmers’ market one day per week.  However, a licensee may hold additional permits authorizing these activities at multiple certified farmers’ markets.  Permits may only be issued to licensees for certified farmers’ markets held in the same county in which their manufacturing facility is located or the county adjacent to such location.

The privileges and restrictions of the Certified Farmers’ Market Permit are as follows:

•             Permit can only be issued at a specific address that is a certified farmers’ market as defined by Chapter 10.5 of Division 17 of the Food and Agriculture Code.

•             Permit can only be used one day per week at each certified farmers’ market.

•             Beer manufacturers can have more than one permit at different certified farmers’ market locations.

•             Permit may only be issued for a location within the same county of or adjacent county to the licensed beer manufacturing facility.

•             Sales at certified farmers’ market(s) are not to exceed 5,000 gallons of beer annually. Licensees shall maintain records of sales under this permit.

•             No refilling of containers/growlers is permitted (pre-filled and sealed growlers may be sold).

•             No tasting or samples of beer may be provided or sold by permit holders.

•             Permits can only be issued to licensees who hold either a Type 01 or a Type 23.

California Craft Beer- 2014 Review

December 11th, 2014 by CCBA

Photo Courtesy Bart Watson- Brewers Association

Photo Courtesy Bart Watson- Brewers Association

As 2014 comes to a close the California Craft Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing the small and independent craft brewers in California, looks back at the year of craft beer in the golden state.

 “We have seen year after year of strong craft beer growth both in California and nationally”, said Tom McCormick, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association.  “And 2014 has been perhaps the strongest growth year ever for the craft brewing industry here in California.”

California craft brewery count passes 500. In November, California passed the mark of 500 craft breweries, the highest in the nation with an additional 240 breweries in planning. During 2014 the number of operating breweries increased by over 20 percent.

According to the Brewers Association’s chief economist Bart Watson, “2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream. Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.”

Nationally the number of craft brewery openings continue to grow. In November the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day. In addition, there are more than 2,000 breweries in planning.

California produces more craft beer than any other state, in 2014 approximately 3.4 million barrels of beer have been produced. Sales of craft beer in California are up 20.7% compared to 18% nationally and now account for a 16.8% market share. In addition, California breweries exported 1.2 million barrels of beer last year, that’s more beer than most other states produce. Only Oregon and Pennsylvania produced more than 1.2 million barrels in 2013.

The economic impact California brewers have in the state continues to grow, California breweries contributed $ 5.5 billion to the California economy in 2013 inclusive of all goods and services both directly and indirectly.

Other noteworthy trends in 2014 were the continued popularity of India Pale Ales (IPAs) and the diversity of craft beer consumers.

According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales.

Craft beer consumers are growing as data indicates that 38 percent of households bought a craft beer in the last year versus 29 percent in 2010. More women are consuming craft beer at almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34.


California Craft Brewers Association celebrated its 25th year at the 2014 California Craft Brewers Conference in Santa Rosa on November 3rd and 4th.

 Video Highlights from the conference can be found here  

Founding members and industry pioneers; Fritz Maytag former owner of Anchor Brewing Co., Ken Grossman owner/founder of Sierra Nevada, and John Martin owner of Triple Rock Brewing Co. held a riveting keynote address, reminiscing about their early days in the industry and why they came together to form the association. 

With an audience of over 400 craft brewery owners, brew masters and industry members in attendance, Tom McCormick, executive director of the CCBA, inducted the three founding CCBA members into the California Craft Beer Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contributions to the California Craft Brewing industry. More information on the CCBA Hall of Fame can be found here.

The CCBA would like to extend a big round of applause to the founders and past board members of the California Craft Brewers Association. CCBA would also like to recognize and thank all of our members and the exhibitors and sponsors.



Sunday, February 15th 2015 | 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm

The Celebrator Beer News will celebrate its 27th year with a Beer Fest from 4pm to 8 pm at Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California.This is a major fundraiser for the CCBA as all proceeds will go to the California Craft Beer Association.

This party is the Grand Finale for SF Beer Week.

Come join us and support the CCBA ~ Tickets are ON SALE now!

Ticket sales and additional event details- Click Here

Pre-paid tickets are discounted:
CCBA members:  $40 with discount code  (If you are a CCBA member please contact CCBA offices to receive the members only promotional code)
General Public: $60
At the Door:  $80

This event will sell out !