VTCBC Speakers

VTCBC Speaking Opportunities

The Vermont Brewers Association will be hosting the second annual Vermont Craft Brewers Conference November 11-12, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Burlington, Vermont. We are looking forward to a robust educational conference and appreciate your interest in speaking!

Deadline: Submissions are due by August 1, the committee will review them and we will let speakers know by August 30th.

Tracks: Business, Technical, Sustainability/Safety

Types of Presentations: Podium talks, panel presentations, workshops, keynote presentations

Session Length: 60 minutes, please aim to leave 10-15 minutes for Q&A if applicable

 

Submit a Proposal

Presentation Topics

The committee has been working on a growing list of presentation topics that would be of interest to attendees. Please look over the list as you are submitting your proposals to see if you are able to provide education on any of the following topics.

 

Technical

  • Barrel aging
  • Thiolized Yeast
  • Seam Check 101
  • Hop Senory
  • Nitro Packaging
  • Distilling Introduction to Brewers
  • Hop Breeding
  • Off-Flavor Yeast Sensory Training
  • Brewing Wine and/or Cider 101
  • Hard Seltzer and RTDs
  • Draught Beer 101- Proper Cleaning and Troubleshooting
  • Modern Lager Brewing
  • Low ABV beers and NA Beers
  • Presenting Draught Beer – Glassware styles
  • How to create Gluten free beers using enzymes
  • Yeast metabolism
  • Biotransformation
  • Recipe innovation

Business

  • Social media 101
  • TTB Bootcamp – Formulas and Labeling Requirements
  • Creating more meaningful partnerships
  • Beer Education for Employees
  • Leadership 101 – Brewing better leaders
  • Innovation – Changing with times
  • Taproom – Event Planning
  • Employee Culture Creation 
  • Exporting Beer 101
  • Taproom – Keeping Guests in seats
  • Human Resources – Brewer Burnout / Common Employee Issues
  • Harassment Free Workplace
  • Government Affairs – What has changed locally and federally
  • Brewery Finances 101 – Finding Profit in compressed margins
  • Community Impact Strategy
  • Present and Future Drinking Trends
  • Wildfires in the PNW – How it effects US Hops/Fruit harvests
  • Building Brand Identities
  • Distribution Do’s and Dont’s
  • AI Chat Tools
  • Digital Marketing
  • 5 Ways to Market a Microbrewery
  • COGS – how to negotiate for better savings
  • Review of the 3 tier system
  • Fundraising
  • Inventory Accounting

Safety/Sustainability

  • Brewery Ergonomics and Stretching 101
  • Occupational Noise Exposure
  • High Stakes while Dry Hopping
  • Refrigeration 101 for the Professional Brewer
  • Sustainability of overseas grain shipping 
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Local ingredients