Inside the first California Craft Beer Summit
The California Craft Beer Summit will return for a second year in Sacramento, building on the success of the inaugural event in September that attracted the top brewing talent in the state along with scores of beer enthusiasts looking to taste and learn in a lively setting.
Dreamed up by the California Craft Brewers Association, or CCBA, as a unique blend of educational seminars and tasting events, the Beer Summit drew 2,000-plus to the Sacramento Convention Center and scores more at the all-California brewers showcase on the Capitol Mall.
The 2016 edition will be held Sept. 8-10, the CCBA announced Tuesday. More details on events and pricing will be released in December, and tickets will go on sale in April.
A news release by the CCBA said the summit “will expand on the CCBA’s vision for a truly connected craft beer community, closing the gap between the brewing industry, craft beer lovers, home brewers and everyone interested in local brew. The California Craft Beer Summit is an unmatched opportunity for craft beer lovers to engage in the evolving story of California craft beer.”
The lineup of educational events ran the gamut, including a beer-pairing demonstration with Sacramento chef Patrick Mulvaney; a standing-room-only talk with brewing legends Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman; and an array of panel discussions, including one on the role of women in the craft beer industry and another on the rise of craft beer in Sacramento.
After Day 1 of the Summit in September, CCBA executive director Tom McCormick was so impressed by the turnout and response that he couldn’t help but mention 2016.
“It’s beyond exciting. I’m ecstatic,” McCormick said at the time. “We’re all very pleased, not only from the attendance, but from the response we are getting from those who are here. It was the beer lovers and enthusiasts and home brewers who really showed up. We are already talking about next year and wanting to make it better.”