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Beer Industry Convenes in Orlando

The Beer Industry of Florida held its Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida last week and we are so happy to report the high participation from our brewers and vendors.

Our welcome reception was filled with product showcase vendors and a great selection of beers. At dinner, we heard from Kim Jordan the CEO of New Belgium Brewery and Scott Whitley, President and Chief Beer Merchant of Tenth and Blake Beer Company. Kim spoke about New Belgium’s up and coming Asheville, North Carolina brewery and how New Belgium’s employee ownership structure. Scott Whitley spoke about his past experience as a beer distributor and his plans for Tenth and Blake.

At breakfast the following morning, participants received a natural gas fuel update from Dale Calhoun with the Florida Natural Gas Association. Richard Nowak with Brooklyn Brewery spoke about Brooklyn’s plans for 2015. And in true Sierra Nevada tradition Dave Kemper and Tommy Gannon gave a wonderful presentation on Sierra Nevada’s new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina and a run down of the Beer Camp Across America tour (see video here).

Our Annual Golf Tournament was a blast and afterward we held a casual dinner at Todd English’s Bluezoo to celebrate. The Beer Industry of Florida would like to thank all of our distributors, vendors and brewers for their continued support. We look forward to another year of celebrating the responsible sale and consumption of beer -- Cheers!

 

 

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