What To Expect When You’re Expecting a Beer Show

With the ADI 2015 Spirits Conference Vendor Expo kicking off today, and the Craft Brewers Conference just around the corner, we wanted to re-post our blog from last year, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Beer Show’, to help give you a resource to prepare for any upcoming brewing tradeshow you’re heading too.

Be sure to visit MBEC at the ADI 2015 Spirits Conference Vendor expo today and tomorrow at Booth 534, and the Craft Brewers Conference April 15-17th at Booth 1801!

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In one week thousands of craft beer breweries, businesses, and fans will flock to Denver, CO for the annual Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America™. This is a must go to event for pretty much anyone associated with the craft beer industry, especially for emerging breweries.

Now, as exciting as craft shows can be, and especially the Craft Brewers Conference, it can also be quite overwhelming for first time goers. Where should I start? What should I focus on? Your mind can feel pulled in a million directions the second you walk into the convention center. SO, have no fear, MBEC is here!

We are here to provide 5 key points to help anyone, not just new comers, on how to navigate the Craft Brewers Conference!

Plan a Schedule

There are a lot of amazing panels to attend, as well as a large floor of vendors to see, so making…

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On the Horizon: MBEC Conference Appearances!

Minnetonka Brewing & Equipment Company is excited to announce our upcoming industry conference appearances!

We are going to be busy in the next couple months with two big upcoming expos in both the Craft Brewing and Craft Distilling worlds.  We are going to be showcasing our equipment, handing out our company shot glasses, and have our expert staff on hand to answer questions about all the equipment and services we provide.

Wondering where we will be and where you can find us? Read ahead to find out full info on the conferences we are attending and where you can go to register to come see us!


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2015 Craft Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo

We are quite delighted to announce that we will be an exhibitor at the American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo for the first time this year!

The conference is going to be held in Louisville, KY at the end of the month, running March 30 – April 2 – with the Conference and Expo being held on March 31st & April 1st.

Along with the expo, there will be workshops and distillery tours, breakout sessions and a fabulous gala, and this is a great conference to attend for any within the craft distilling industry.

We will be located at Booth 534, so be sure to come visit us!

Conference Information 

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We are excited to be returning to the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference again this year! We have had a fabulous time at this conference at our last appearances, and cannot wait to return!

This years conference is being held in Portland, OR at the Oregon Convention Center April 14-17.  The BrewExpo America, which is where we are exhibiting, will be running April 15-17 – with this year adding an extra half day of the expo!

The Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America is a leading conference within the Craft Brewing industry, and is a great resource (and good time) for all associated with craft brewing.

We will be at Booth 1801, so be sure to sign up and head to the show to come talk to us about how we serve craft breweries and distilleries!

Conference Information 

Conference Registration


We cannot wait to meet and greet with everyone, so see you at either the Spirits Conference or the Craft Brewers Conference (or Both!)

Cheers!

Hello 2015! New Year’s Beer Resolutions

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Hello, and welcome to 2015!  

First off, 2014 was great. MBEC had a fantastic year full of new customers, fun with existing customers, product updates, and all around craft beer adventures.  We can’t thank everyone enough for being so fabulous and supportive, we appreciate everyone and all who were apart of the amazing journey that was 2014.  But let’s not look back, let us look forward!

2015 is off and running (all be it a freezing trot) and what a better time for New Year goals and resolutions?

Now, there are your standard resolutions of working out more and cutting back on the sweets, but those, although a good idea, aren’t particularly fun, am I right?

Why not make a fun list of resolutions you want to complete, and there are a lot of great resolutions to make as a beer lover.

So let’s kick off 2015 right, and with a bang!  Adding any of these resolutions to your list will be sure to make 2015 a great year.

1)  Host a craft beer party, head to your local liquor store or brewery and grab some great craft beer, invite some of your raddest friends, and enjoy!  Simple as that, and sure to be both a fun and delicious time.

2) Introduce someone to craft beer, because everyone needs to experience the greatness that is craft beer!

3) Attend a craft beer festival or event, all beer lovers need to go to one at some point, so why not this year!  There are amazing craft beer festivals going on year round all across the US. Check local listings for beer events, or head to the fabulous Craft Beer Events page to plan!

4) Cook with beer, because it tastes amazing, and all beer lovers should embrace the wonderful bond of food and beer

5) Try a new beer every month, there are an unbelievable amount of delicious beers out there, branch out and try a new beer every month and by the end of the year you will have tried 12 new ones!

6) Take a brewery tour, whether you have been on several, or a newbie, head to a brewery and take a tour. They are always fun, always informative, and always get a taste of their beers at the end of the tour – complete package!

7) Plan a beer trip, no matter where you live there is good beer around, but what about elsewhere?  Both within the US and around the world there are some great places to check out beer, so plan a trip to check them out!  Can be headed to a famous beer bar, or a brewery you love, a great way to combine traveling with your love of beer.

8) Read a beer book, could be to  learn more about beer making, to learn new recipes, or just to learn more about beer, a book is a great way to expand your love and knowledge of beer.

9) Give the gift of beer,  because who doesn’t love to get a tastey beer? Plus it spread the love of great beer!

10) Make beer, what better way to flex your beer love muscles that making your own!  If you’ve never brewed beer you will grow to love beer even more, or if you are a veteran in making beer, brew something new or make beer with someone who never has!  Beer making kits are easy to come by and are inexpensive, and this is a fabulous resolution to make.

There are more beer related resolutions to make of course, but these should all make your 2015 a little better, and include more beer in your life, which of course is never a bad thing!

Have a beer related resolution you are planning to make? Share so others can put it on their list!

What To Expect When You’re Expecting a Beer Show

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In one week thousands of craft beer breweries, businesses, and fans will flock to Denver, CO for the annual Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America™. This is a must go to event for pretty much anyone associated with the craft beer industry, especially for emerging breweries.

Now, as exciting as craft shows can be, and especially the Craft Brewers Conference, it can also be quite overwhelming for first time goers. Where should I start? What should I focus on? Your mind can feel pulled in a million directions the second you walk into the convention center. SO, have no fear, MBEC is here!

We are here to provide 5 key points to help anyone, not just new comers, on how to navigate the Craft Brewers Conference!

Plan a Schedule

There are a lot of amazing panels to attend, as well as a large floor of vendors to see, so making a schedule – even a rough one – of what you absolutely want to see and do ahead of time, will help you avoid a headache and heartache. You can’t do it all, and you don’t want to burn yourself out, so planning a schedule will help tremendously to make sure you get to everything you want to.

This year the CBC has made it even easier to plan ahead with their mobile app. Utilize it! Plan out where each panel you want to see will be at what time, where the vendor you wanted to check out is located, and of course, find out where all the fabulous beer stations are located. This will help you to coordinate it all to work in the 3 days of the conference.

Make A list, Check it Twice!

There are a lot of amazing vendors at the BrewExpo America ™ (ourselves included!), and for a brewery this is an entire floor of resources and opportunities to learn more about services, equipment, etc. for your brewery. Make a list of booths you want to check out (make sure booth 1801 is on the list!) and to make sure you address all of the various needs you and your brewery may have. Making a list of places you want to check out while you are in town doesn’t hurt either. There are always things going on around town for the CBC, make a list of what you want to checkout! Lists will help keep you organized, and on track so you make sure you get all the info you wanted to get at the conference.

Don’t Forget your Supplies

Between attending panels, networking, and walking around the vendor floor for a grand total of 3 days, you will want a few supplies to help you.

  • A notebook to write down everything. Whether your notebook is electronic or old fashion, make sure you have one! There will be a lot of information you will gather, having something to organize your thoughts will be a life saver. With so much going on, it’s easy to forget information – write it down and make it easy to understand for follow-up!
  • Business Cards, a must. You will meet a lot of people, a lot of vendors, and you will be handing out your info left and right. Make sure you have enough!
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Backpack – no reason to carry everything by hand!
  • Folder – You will obtain an obscene amount of flyers, brochures, business cards – a folder will help keep them organized. Make a folder for “EQUIPMENT VENDORS”, one for “SERVICES”, etc,, to help keep your mind straight at the end of the day, and for when you head home. It’s very easy to jumble everything into one and mistake who you liked, and didn’t like.
  • Extra snacks. Between running around between panels, and potential long lines to get food at the conference, having extra snacks to keep you energized (and absorb the beer) will prove handy.

Make time for second Glances

Leave some extra time toward the end of the conference to swing back to any vendors you want to talk to further, or something you just want to take a second look at. Whether that is the beer station again to try a yummy beer, or a vendor, leave some wiggle room for a second go around on what you want to see, do, or learn about!

Deep Breath. . .

And have fun! The CBC is an amazing experience for vendors and attendees alike. There are amazing people, presenters, and breweries that will all be there, so take a deep breath and soak in the craft brewery goodness!

Minnetonka Brewing & Equipment Company is extremely excited to be headed back to the Craft Brewers Conference this year.  Last year was amazing, and can’t wait for what Denver has in store for us this year! Can’t wait to try fantastic beer, and meet amazing people.

Be sure to stop by our booth, 1801 to see us! Grab an awesome giveway, see our equipment, and talk with our team members one on one to see what Minnetonka Brewing & Equipment Company can do to help your brewery, whatever size it may be.

To learn more about the Craft Brewers Conference, and to download their mobile app, head to their webpage at www.craftbrewersconference.com