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Florida Brewers Conference 2023

  • 07/24/2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 07/26/2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

We are back for 2023!


The Florida Brewers Conference is back! After a great event in 2022, we are looking forward to this year and getting together with our industry partners once again. The Florida Brewers Conference will provide brewery personnel and industry trades with a high-quality educational experience, plus an opportunity to network and share delicious Florida craft beers during the one-day trade show. Come join the Florida Brewers Guild and hundreds of other brewery industry professionals for this annual gathering.

July 24-26, 2023

Orlando, Florida

Tickets ON SALE NOW:

FBG Member: $185 (plus tax and fees)
Non-Member: $285 (plus tax and fees)
Sensory Training: $70 (plus tax and fees)
Tuesday Night Guest: $20 (plus fees and taxes; this is for attendees who want to bring a spouse, partner, or significant other along for the event on Tuesday evening)



Randy Mosher is a writer and creative consultant. Author of five books on beer and brewing, Mosher provides training and lectures around the world and teaches at the Siebel Institute brewing school. He has a background in design and advertising, and frequently consults on new product development and branding for breweries and specialty food and beverage companies. Based in Chicago, he is currently a minority partner in two Chicago-area breweries Forbidden Root and 5 Rabbit Cervecería. He's spent the last four years working on a comprehensive book on the science and practice of tasting: Your Tasting Brain: How it Works and How to Use it.


9:00-4:00 - Sensory Training Course
3:00-6:00 - Registration/Check-in Desk Open
3:30-5:30 - Happy Hour
6:00-8:00 - Welcome Reception

7:00-9:00 - Breakfast
8:00-10:00 - Registration/Check-in Desk Open
9:00-10:15 - General Session: Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Randy Mosher
10:00-6:00 - Trade Show Open

10:30-11:30 - Session A

Track 1 - "Yeast Management Best Practices: Dry Hopped Beers" - Keith Lacy (Omega Yeast)
Track 2 - "Lobbying 101/AMA" - Josh Aubuchon (Delegal Aubuchon Consulting)
Track 3 - "Effectively Communicating with the Media" - John Holl (All About Beer Magazine)

11:45-12:45 - Session B

Track 1 - "Barrel Aging Beer Panel" - Amanda Milford (Cigar City Brewing), Sean Sasscer (Cigar City Brewing), Ami Ami Parrino (Florida Avenue Brewing), Tyler Astl (Angry Chair Brewing)
Track 2 - Q&A with DBPR
Track 3 - "U.S. Government Resources To Grow Your Export Sales" - Jennifer Krause (EXIM Bank)

12:30-2:00 - Lunch & Networking

3:00-4:00 - Session C

Track 1 - "Think You Can Prevent Oxidation? Wrong!" - Eric Dixon (Lallemand), Richard Dube (Siebel Institute)
Track 2 - "Overcome Difficulties in Growing Your Business" - Dustin Jeffers (NextGlass)
Track 3 - "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats - A Deep Dive Into a SWOT Analysis for Your Brewery!” - Pulkit K. Agrawal (Beer30 by The 5th Ingredient)
Track 4 - "Creating a Cohesive Training Program" - Jen Blair (Cicerone Certification Program), Ami Parrino (FL Avenue Brewing), Amanda Milford (Cigar City Brewing)

3:30-5:30 - Happy Hour

8:00-11:00 - Special Event at Home State Brewing! Music, food, and beers from around the state!


7:00-9:00 - Breakfast
8:00-10:00 - Registration/Check-in Desk Open
9:00-10:00 - General Session: State of the Guild

10:00-11:00 - Session D

Track 1 - "Utilizing Thiol Enhancers and Thiolized Yeast in Beer" - Anthony Stone (TBBC), Ben Plant (TBBC), Doug Clark (TBBC), Micheil McElvey (Cigar City Brewing)
Track 2 - "Identity - Brand Power for Success" - Aaron Gore (Bevana)
Track 3 - "Forging Financials from Beskar: Protecting Our Breweries from Financial Distress - Audra Gaiziunas (Brewed for Her Ledger)
Track 4 - "Brew A Better You! Cultivate A Healthy Mind And Happy Life!" - Kathryn Wich (Let's Talk Counseling, LLC)

11:15-12:15 - Session E

Track 1 - "Rethinking Recipe Design: Scientific Tactics for Improving Hop Aroma and Flavor" - Ashleigh Hayden (Yakima Chief Hops)
Track 2 - "Is Your Brewery OSHA Compliant?" - Dr. Jennifer Sedillo (USFSP Brewing Arts)
Track 3 - "From Bootstrapped to Scaling: Navigating Financial Structures from Pitfalls to Pints and Profits" - Tom Williams (eLease and St Pete Brewing), Mike Harting (3 Daughters Brewing), Brooke Mirenda (Sunshine State Economic Development Corporation)
Track 4 - "Pouring Perfection: Exploring Draft Beer Quality Trends and Innovations" - Mark Plourde (BarTrack)

12:30-1:30 - Lunch & Networking

1:30-2:30 - Session F

Track 1 - "Accident Prevention Through Appropriate Practices" - Anthony Stone (TBBC), Michele Houseman (Yuengling Brewery)
Track 2 - "Marketing People Over Products" - Mark Denote (Cone Distributing Company)
Track 3 - "Pink Boots: Inclusivity and Safety in the Beer Industry" - Pink Boots Panel
Track 4 - "Using the Right Data to Drive Guest Engagement" - Brittany Lacey (Arryved)

2:45 - 3:45 - Session G

Track 1 - "Stainless Steel and the Importance of Passivation" - Oliver Meinhold (ZeeLoeffler)
Track 2 - "Top Five Human Resources Mistakes" - Marc Sugarman (FordHarrison)
Track 3 - "Consumer Marketing Insight for Craft Beer: A Focus on Local Ingredients and Corporate Social Responsibility" - Nathan Palardy (University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department)
Track 4 - "Crafting a Strong Partnership: The Vital Role of Supplier-Distributor Relationships" - Coleman Berra (Green Bench Brewing), Chris Fairchild (JJ Taylor Distributing), Barry Elwonger (Allocated Media)

3:30-5:30 - Happy Hour


The Florida Brewers Guild is once again offering a sensory course as an additional component to our conference. We will cover a multitude of aromas found in beer, how they are formed, potential solutions, and preventative measures. Focus areas include “Off Flavors by Brewing Errors”, “Off Flavors caused by Fermentation Errors”, “Off Flavors from Packaging Errors”, and “Flavors that may or not be Off-Flavors”. We will be covering numerous flavors, split between commonly encountered off-flavors and positive attributes.

The training will take place Monday, July 24th from 9am until 4pm, and lunch will be provided.

Seats are limited and this seminar is NOT included in the regular conference price. Order your tickets soon because this session always sells out!

This special session is sponsored by Cicerone Certification Program, Best Florida Beer, and Allocated Media.

The 2023 conference will move to a new location! We are excited to announce this year we will be at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Report.

Ranked 9th by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards for Top Orlando Resorts, our family-friendly Orlando golf resort has everything for your next vacation. With complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, our hotel is an ideal location for a family adventure. Reserve a private cabana and relax poolside while the kids enjoy a lagoon-style pool. Grab a bite to eat at one of our 3 on-site restaurants or our grab and go market. Tee off from our award-winning golf course, hit the gym with one of four Peloton® bikes, or pamper yourself in our full-service spa.


Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort are available at a special conference rate, starting at $184 per night.


A Resort Fee of $10.00 per room, per night plus applicable tax provides for an enhanced stay experience for guests and currently includes: four (4) round-trip transfers to Walt Disney World (daily), scheduled daily transportation to Disney Springs, one (1) round-trip transportation to Universal Orlando (daily), two (2) bottles of water, 24-Hour access to Stay-Fit Fitness Center, 8-Hole Pitch ‘n’ Putt Course, walk-on court times at Racquet Club (racquet and balls included), bike rentals, rock climbing wall, sailboats, paddle boards, kayaks and paddle boat rentals, daily scheduled recreational activities, 5-hole miniature golf course (next to Pitch ‘n’ Putt), 10% discount on 50-Minute or longer spa/salon services and retail products at on-property Marilyn Monroe Spa, basketball and volleyball courts (includes ball) and access to 1-Mile & 3-Mile mapped outdoor jogging courses.

Sponsoring or advertising at the Florida Brewers Conference will provide your company with an increased level of exposure in front of brewery owners, managers, brewers, and other industry leaders. Opportunities at all levels are available.

Sponsorship opportunities will be open to all Guild members for the event. We have a *lot* of new members this year, many of whom are excited to participate. If you are interested in a particular level of sponsorship, I encourage you to act quickly. Preference will be given to last year's sponsors. Only FBG Allied Trade members in good standing will initially be invited to submit, but it will be open to non-members on a first come first serve basis after May 1st.


(NOTE: Sponsorship availability is subject to change. Please contact the organizer if you have any questions).

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