San Diego Craft Beer Con Returns August 8

San Diego Brewers Guild will host the 2023 Craft Beer Con on Tuesday, August 8 at Mira Costa College’s San Elijo campus in Cardiff. The annual half-day conference that celebrates San Diego as The Capital of Craft™ and discusses trends in the local craft beer industry is open to the general public.

The conference begins at 11 a.m. and includes three education tracks, a trade show that runs throughout the day, and beer tastings that start at 4 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand during the lunch hour. Last year’s conference sold out. Tickets can be purchased here – $60 for the general public and $50 for Brewers Guild members.

“While some of the topics are nuanced for experienced brewers and brewery owners, this is a tremendous opportunity for anyone interested in our industry to learn more and get involved,” said Brewers Guild Board Member Erik Fowler. “Craft Beer Con has become our best networking event for both Guild members and newcomers, and we can’t wait to celebrate all that is good about the local craft beer scene.”

The three education tracks are Production, Sales & Marketing, and Business. Attendees can learn from such topics as hopping techniques for modern beer styles, marketing to a non-beer drinker, the world of a beer buyer, and leadership development. Speakers from some of the most well-known San Diego breweries will be on hand as part of the panels, including AleSmith Brewing Company, Belching Beaver Brewery, Pizza Port, and Stone Brewing.

Craft Beer Con is co-produced by MiraCosta College’s BrewTech Program, a 210-hour course that trains students to become production brewers and is the only Master Brewers Association of the Americas-recognized brewing program in the State of California.

San Diego County has more than 150 independent craft brewery locations in San Diego County, up from only 15 in 1997 when San Diego Brewers Guild was founded. The Guild is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization of allied brewery members, tradespeople, and other providers supporting the production and distribution of craft beer.

The Guild’s 15th-Annual San Diego Beer Week will take place November 4-12.

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