Industry experts take the stage for Q & A's and Educational seminars focused on all things CRAFT BEER.

Jim Crooks, Firestone Walker Barrel Works

"Sour Jim" as he is often referred to, has been responsible for many of the exceptional sour beers we're all enjoying out of Firestone Walker's 'Barrel Works'.  Jim has a degree in Food Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and began his career as Microbiologist at SLO Brewing Co. where in 2001 not only did SLO Brewing win a few Gold Medals but they won Brew Pub of the year at GABF.

Along side Brewmaster Matt Brynildson and their team Barrel Works has been producing some of the finest and most sought after sours in the world!

Anthony Chen, AleSmith Brewing Co.

Anthony is Lead Brewer and Brewing/Cellar Manager for San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Co. (alesmith.com). His responsibilities include managerial oversight of the company’s brewing and cellar team, safety training, and optimization of recipe development, brewing and quality-control processes. Chen’s seven faithful years of service have been integral to AleSmith Brewing Company’s many accolades at Great American Beer Festival and being named the Top Brewery in the World by users of RateBeer.com on numerous occasions.


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