Schedule

CCBA’s Spring 2019 Conference Schedule

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
REGISTRATION OPEN | Open 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM | Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Pick up your badge early!

CCBA San Diego Brewery Tour | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM |
Brewery Stops include: Alesmith, Bitter Brothers, and Karl Strauss

The California Craft Brewers Association is offering a fun and educational way for Spring Conference attendees to travel through the San Diego area, visit local breweries and sample some great craft beer produced in the region. Brewery Stops include: Alesmith, Bitter Brothers, and Karl Strauss Join CCBA for a tour of three well-known San Diego County breweries. The tour starts in front of the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa at 1pm on Sunday, May 5 and will travel to three breweries for fun and educational tours.

Welcome Reception at Stone Liberty Station | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM | Sponsored by Moss Adams
Join conference attendees for a Welcome Reception

Join CCBA staff, conference attendees, speakers, and sponsors at the Sunday Welcome Reception. Attendees must be 21 years old or older to register and participate. Shuttle buses will transport attendees from the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa to the Stone Liberty Station beginning at 5:15pm. For fast check in please BRING YOUR CONFERENCE BADGE to the reception. Badges can be picked up at the Hilton San Diego at registration from 11am-5:30pm on Sunday, May 5.


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Monday, May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
REGISTRATION OPEN | Open from 8AM-5PM

Welcome Breakfast & Tradeshow | 8:00-9:15 AM | Garden Pavilion |
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Garden Pavilion

CCBA 2019 Legislative Update & Board Introductions | 9:15 AM- 10:20AM | Sorrento-Monte Carlo Rooms
9:15 am - 10:20 am
Sorrento-Monte Carlo Rooms
Tom McCormick, CCBA & Chris Walker, Walker Strategies

Challenges, coalitions and changes in the industry all impact policy discussions at the State Capitol. The CCBA's Government Affairs team is highly engaged throughout the legislative process - speaking with a unified voice on behalf of the California craft brewing industry. Get the rundown on CCBA's legislative activity during the 2019 session, new laws impacting the alcohol beverage industry this year, and an overview of what the association expects in the year ahead.

Strong Financial Planning for Craft Breweries
Intermediate
10:30 am - 11:20 am
St. Tropez Room
Lou Catalano, MUN CPAs

Projections, strategy and planning for financial needs over time.

ABC 102: Regulatory Updates, Enforcement, Priorities and FAQs
Intermediate
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Terrazza Ballroom
Lee Riegler, California ABC

How do you legally brew a beer with a retailer? Can you post about beer on social media? What are all the ways your brewery can donate or fundraiser for a nonprofit? What are the general guidelines for working with licensed retailers? Learn about key ABC regulations as they apply to marketing, social media, licensing, sponsorships and much more.

Developing a Sensory Program for Small Breweries
Intermediate
10:30 am - 11:20 am
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Lindsey Barr, Draughtlab

Looking to build a sensory program at a smaller scale? Learn what tools you can access and build into your QA program.

Business Decisions for Small Scale Brewing
Intermediate-Advanced
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
St. Tropez Room
Tomme Arthur

Every brewery starts with making great beer and connecting to consumers, but what do you need to pay attention to as your business expenses grow year over year? Where can you be more efficient with your dollars and your resources? How should you assess risk while remaining fiscally responsible? Join this panel discussion moderated by Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder of Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, to participate in a candid discussion about business best practices.

Building a Marketing Program that Works
Intermediate
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Terrazza Ballroom
Cambria Griffih, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Environmental Compliance 101: A Comprehensive Introduction to Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements and Compliance Strategies 
Intermediate
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Bruce Armbruster, JE Compliance Services and Christopher Foster, Esq. , Clark Hill Los Angeles

In this seminar participants will be provided with information regarding priority environmental compliance issues confronting the craft brewing industry. The participants will receive information regarding various environmental, health, and safety regulatory requirements with a discussion of critical compliance issues, practical potential strategies to address them, and a long term forecast of the future regulatory climate. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions regarding specific compliance issues they are dealing with.

Luncheon Key Note Part 1: Looking at the Industry By the Numbers
Join the craft beer community for a sit down luncheon and Keynote Part 1
12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Sorrento-Monte Carlo Rooms
Christopher Shepard, Craft Beer News

Beer Stations & Tradeshow Open
1:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden Pavilion

Beer Stations & Tradeshow Open
1:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Garden Pavilion

Perspectives on Managing a Successful Taproom
1:40 pm - 2:30 pm
Sorrento - Monte Carlo Rooms
Lori Miller, Berryessa Brewing Co.

Yeast Storage and Yeast Handling Questions
Intermediate-Advanced
1:40 pm - 2:30 pm
Terrazza Room
Kara Taylor, White Labs

Case Study: ERP Brewery Management
Beginner - Intermediate
1:40 pm - 2:30 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Kelly Walsh, Moss Adams and Andrew Koehring, Seismic Brewing

Join Seismic Brewing Co. and Moss Adams to review specifically how ERP can serve as the single software solution that manages your brewery-based business. This case study review and Q&A session will give your brewery thoughtful recommendations for software integrations at your brewery.

How Has “Craft” Impacted the Beverage Industry?
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Tropez Room
JB Shireman, Panelists TBD

Join a panel of beverage industry experts from wine, spirits and NA to discuss what can be learned from craft’s impact on the beverage industry and what it means for the future. This panel will be moderated by industry consultant, JB Shireman, and include thoughtful forward-thinking conversations for breweries of every size.

HR: Picking the Perfect Fit
Intermediate
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Terrazza Room
Steve Napolitano, Bottle Logic Brewing Co.

How do you interview a perspective employee? Interviews are never consistent, so breweries are often faced with inconsistent hiring results. A less than positive outcome on a “new hire” can be devastating for a small brewery and for the new employee! Learn some basics for interview questions, maintaining consistency through interviewing processes, how to review a resume and take a moment to participate in a hands-on “mock” interview during this seminar.

Guild Leaders Meeting (Open to Guild staff & Board only)
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms

Roundtable discussion with California’s regional guild leaders on current projects and issues. (Invite only)

Brews & Bites on the Tradeshow Floor in the Garden Pavilion
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Garden Pavilion

Expert is-in Session
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Marseilles & Portofino Rooms

Sign-up for one-on-one consultations with experts in the craft beer industry! Experts in the following industries will be available: ABC trade practice, employee benefits, accounting, employment law and more!

Dinner Reception at Societe Brewing Co.| 6pm-8pm | Sponsored by Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger
Separately ticketed event
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Societe Brewing Co.

Separately Ticketed event. Free shuttles will transport attendees to and from the hotel and Societe Brewing.

Monday, May 6, 2019

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
REGISTRATION OPEN | Open from 8 AM-1:30 PM

Coffee & Bagels | 8:00- 9:00 am | Garden Pavilion |
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Pavilion

Keynote Part 2-Look at the Industry on the Ground| 9-10 AM | Sorrento-Monte Carlo Rooms
General Session
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sorrento - Monte Carlo Rooms
Doug Constantiner, Societe Brewing & John Martin, Drakes Brewing

Managing a Team in the Brewing Industry
Intermediate
10:10 am - 11:00 am
St. Tropez Room
Jack Dyer, Topa Topa Brewing Co.; Virginia Morrison, Second Chance Beer; Colleen Mims, Modern Times

Panel discussion with Topa Topa Brewing Company, Modern Times Brewing Company and Second Chance Brewing talking through creating a strong work culture and maintaining community over time and growth.

Strengthening your Online Presence: Social Media Tips and Tricks
Beginner-Intermediate
10:10 am - 11:00 am
Terrazza Room
Jemma Wilson, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Learn how to maximize your presence online through social media channels and gain organic reach to new consumers.

Critical Safety Practices Breweries Usually Screw Up
Intermediate -Advanced
10:10 am - 11:00 am
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Dan Drown, Drown Consulting

This session will discuss a handful of the commonly observed safety practices in breweries that are not being done or are incorrectly/inadequately implemented. You may think your brewery has a stellar program but you will find out that several critical safety and regulatory requirements may be missing the mark.

Voices in On-Premise
Intermediate
11:10 am - 12:00 pm
St. Tropez Room
Jill Davidson Pizza Port Brewing; Trevor Tyler, Eureka Restaurant Group

Learn from a panel of beer buyers in the on-premise space how to work your beer into the taproom line-up.

Spirit Barrel Aging: Processes, Procedures, & Techniques For Small-Scale Programs
Intermediate-Advanced
11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Terrazza Room
Julian Shrago, Beachwood Brewing

Learn the processes and techniques Beachwood Brewing uses for its spirit barrel-aged beers, including recipe formulation & blending.

Is the Customer Always Right? How to Navigate Reports of Harassment Involving Customers and other Third Parties
11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Megan Walker, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Join us to examine the relationships between breweries and third parties—including tap room consumers, restaurant and retail customers, and hardware vendors—to identify key steps all parties can make to ensure a harassment-free environment.

Trade show: Beer & Food Stations Open Noon-1pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Garden Pavilion

Mentor-Is in Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Marseilles & Portofino Rooms

Canned Heat: The Rise of the 16oz Small Batch Can
Intermediate
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
St. Tropez Room
Sam Gilbert, Temescal Brewing and additional panelists TBA

The times are changing! Look closely at industry trends of the past few years—the proliferation of beer brands, the explosive growth of small breweries, the rise of hazy IPA, the changing demographics of craft beer drinkers—and weaving its way through it all, you'll find a newly-fashionable packaging format: the 16oz can. Sam Gilbert of Temescal Brewing will lead a panel of brewers and vendors at the heart of the recent small batch, one-off can craze in California. Together, they'll explore the shift in demand towards cans, the culture and marketing of 'hype cans', the benefits and challenges of canning as a small brewery, and the future of the trend.

Distribution Contracts: The Beer Industry Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Intermediate
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Eugene Oak, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP

Entering into a beer distribution contract is like entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, you want to carefully negotiate the terms -- especially termination of contract -- before signing. This seminar will review key issues to address in a beer distribution contract, and creative ways that a brewery can negotiate less onerous termination provisions, preserve its ability to self-distribute, and otherwise maintain control over its beers.

Effective Brand Marketing and Trademark Compliance
Intermediate
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
St. Tropez Room
Sabrina Hicks, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

The creation of a unique and recognizable brand is key to capturing and cementing consumer loyalty. In this presentation, branding experts from CODO Design and lawyers from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp will lead the audience through the development of a brand-based marketing strategy and provide practical steps brewers can employ to establish a strong, effective, and protectable brand and avoid infringing on the intellectual property rights.

D System Keg Valves: Safety and Quality Assurance for your Draft Beer
All Levels
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Marseilles & Porotfino Rooms
Jon Graber, Micromatic

What's going on in your kegs? Learn how to solve the mystery! In this presentation you will learn all about the D System, aka "American Sankey" keg valve - from guidance on safe repair and maintenance techniques, to tips on keg washer interface with D System valves, to overall quality assurance and customer satisfaction for your draft beer. Draft beer quality and customer satisfaction begins with your kegs. Every brewery that owns its kegs should have properly trained staff who know how to safely and effectively inspect and maintain them; kegs are a safe and robust container for beer – until they are not. Kegs require attention and service to keep providing top quality draft beer for your customers.

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