Keynote Speakers for 2018 Craft Brewers Conference Announced

The Brewers Association just announced that Paul Saginaw, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s, and Deborah Carey, founder and president of the New Glarus Brewing Company, will deliver the keynote speeches for the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC).

Presented annually by the Brewers Association, CBC is the industry’s largest gathering. It brings together 13,000 brewing professionals. This year, the conference and expo will be held in Nashville, TN from April 30 to May 3. CBC 2018 is also home to the World Beer CupSM. It’s also referred to as “the Olympics of Beer.” More information about the BrewExpo and World Beer Cup can be found here.

“The Craft Brewers Conference brings together the expertise and passion of its internal brewing community and voices outside as well,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Through this year’s choices for keynote speakers, we want to offer CBC attendees words of wisdom, inspiration and experience. The combination of Paul and Deb provides insights into the crucial components of building and sustaining success in the brewing community.”

Paul Saginaw will speak on Tuesday, May 1 from 9:15 am – 10:30 am

Paul Saginaw - CBC Keynote Speaker

Saginaw co-founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 in Ann Arbor, Mich. with his business partner Ari Weinzweig. They had goals of producing a great corned beef sandwich and creating an organization with a soulful culture in mind. With that being said, they transformed their venture into a community of businesses. Zingerman’s consists of 22 partners and over 750 employees. Additionally, Saginaw brings an inspirational message—and strong vision—into the corporate world. His accomplishments include a “Champion of Change” award from the White House in 2014 and a lifetime achievement award from Bon Appetit.

Deborah Carey will speak on Wednesday, May 2 from 9:15 am – 10:30 am

Deborah Carey - CBC Keynote Speaker

Carey, a lifelong entrepreneur, started her first business at the age of 16. She raised the capital to establish New Glarus Brewing Company, based in New Glarus, Wis., in 1993. This accopmlishment made her the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the country. Under Carey’s leadership, New Glarus has become a national icon. It’s also one of the largest U.S. craft breweries by volume. All the while still acclaimed for its local, in-state focus. She combines business management and brewing professionalism to run her brewery on foundations of individuality, cooperation and the use of 100% natural ingredients.

Additionally, the CBC general session will also feature Gatza and Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson. They will provide a detailed look at the overall health of the craft brewing market in their annual State of the Industry address.

About the Craft Brewers Conference

Presented by the Brewers Association, the Craft Brewers Conference is the largest industry event. Thousands of brewing industry professionals from the across the country will gather from April 30 – May 3 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, for nearly 70 seminars across 12 different tracks. CBC also includes BrewExpo America®, the nation’s premier trade show for the craft brewing industry. For more information, visit

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