The 2021 version of the Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo is scheduled for September in Denver (September 9-12, 2021). The event was originally slated for March in San Diego. The Brewers Association, which organizes the event, announced the change this morning. Last year’s event, which took place in the pandemic-affected spring, happened online via Zoom-like events and seminars.
The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is a learning opportunity that offers a number of valuable seminars and symposiums. Along with that, the Brew Expo is a sales event where suppliers showoff their latest and greatest brewing equipment and ingredients. The whole thing is also a social gathering of like-minded brewers from across the nation, with events at local breweries and bars.
The change of date, hopefully, moves the event to a time when the world will be closer to normal and gatherings like this will be much safer. The change of location brings the event closer to the Brewers Association’s headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.
Here is this morning’s announcement from the Brewers Association:
We’re pleased to announce that the 38th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo America® (CBC), presented by the Brewers Association, will return to Denver, September 9-12, 2021.
The premier conference and trade show for the craft brewing industry was originally scheduled to take place in San Diego, March 29-April 1, 2021, but has been rescheduled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Please cancel your plans for San Diego, and save the date for Denver.
Shifting to September in Denver provides us with an opportunity to convene in person, making it possible to do what brewers do best—build community and learn from each other.
Final confirmation of the in-person event remains dependent on health and safety protocols at the time of the conference. If an in-person event is not possible due to COVID-19 related concerns, the conference will move online. Registration for attendees and media is anticipated to open in April 2021. More answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
In addition to the rescheduling of CBC, the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition and awards ceremony, historically held in Denver, will also shift, with the awards announced during CBC on September 10. Details for the festival portion of GABF remain under review. A complete GABF competition timeline is available here.
We hope to see you in Denver this fall!