The fifth annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies will take place Jan. 9-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. The two-day conference will feature presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of brewing industry topics. The conference trade show will be held in the adjoining Hyatt Regency ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and feature 100 Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) allied member businesses.
2019 will mark the first time that Columbus has hosted the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Previous host cities include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Wooster. The Ohio Hop Growers Guild annual conference will be held concurrently at the Hyatt Regency, bringing local brewers and hop growers together for the betterment of both industries.
Dr. Tom Shellhammer, Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University, will deliver the first of the conference’s two keynote addresses, titled “Rethinking the Contributions of Hops to Beer Flavor” on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The following day, Dr. J. Nikol Jackson Beckham, Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association, will deliver the second keynote, “Fans, Hands, and Brands: Strategies and Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity in Craft Beer.”
“A big part of our mission is to empower independent breweries by giving them the training and tools to sustain their craft,” said OCBA executive director Mary MacDonald. “In the fifth year of this conference, we’ve been able to add an additional educational seminar track, grow the size of the trade show, and attract renowned brewing industry experts to cover critical topics. Brewers and industry professionals have embraced our conference as a place to collaborate, learn from each other and continue moving Ohio craft beer in a positive direction.”
Conference registration is available for $300 per person (discounts are available to OCBA brewery and allied members). Registration includes lunch on both days of the conference, a flash drive featuring all conference presentations, admission to the trade show and evening events at OCBA member breweries in and around Columbus. Registration is available online.
Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.