The Maine Brewers’ Guild has officially opened registration for its second annual New England Craft Brew Summit being held on March 31, 2017, at the University of Southern Maine, Portland.
Last year’s inaugural New England Craft Brew Summit drew more than 450 attendees from 13 states and more than 60 breweries from across the country. This year’s expanded Summit is expected to top 600 attendees and will feature new opportunities for sponsors and speakers.
This year’s theme will focus on sustaining craft beer’s growth across the Northeast and beyond. Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, and Katie Marisic, federal affairs manager for the Brewers Association, will deliver the keynote on the economic growth of the industry and how public policy can support or hinder expansion.
Presented by Bernstein Shur, the full-day conference will feature live talks and panel discussions from brewers and owners, blended with practical advice from professional service providers on a wide range of topics currently impacting the craft brew industry. New for 2017, brewers will have the opportunity to send beer samples to the University of Southern Maine’s QC2 lab ahead of the event and discuss the quality assurance analysis results on-site with lab staff.