I've looked longingly at the Craft Beverages Expo on the West Coast, but time and expense have made it impossible to attend. Now there's a somewhat better opportunity - registration is officially open for the 2015 Craft Beverages Unlimited (CBU) conference and trade show, formerly Wineries Unlimited. Craft Beverages Unlimited will take place March 4-5, 2015 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. Some highlights:
- Dr. Bruce Zoecklein, Enology Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, will be joined by winemaker Clark Smith, whose “Postmodern Winemaking” was hailed as Wine and Spirits Magazine’s 2013 Book of the Year. These two experts will conduct a two-day forum on cutting-edge “Postmodern Winegrowing” for experienced grapegrowers and winemakers based in the eastern U.S.
- Craft Beer & Brewing will develop beer education sessions and specialized tastings.
- An on-site Spiegelau glassware beer tasting where attendees may take home the glassware set as a parting gift.
- Bill Owens, founder and president of The American Distilling Institute, will be on hand to conduct a distilling workshop that includes an interactive field trip to a local distillery.
In the past, this was definitely geared towards the trade and not so much media or the consumer, so this is a definite maybe. I'll have to take a closer look at the event agenda and decide if a trip out to Virginia is worth adding to the budget.
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