By: Paula Polei
BOB is still recovering from a wonderful week in the nation’s capital, hanging out with all of his craft brewer friends at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). Having been a part of this tremendous event for the past 11 years, we can’t help but reflect on how much the Conference has grown and what that says about the craft beer industry. The last time CBC made an appearance in D.C. in 2013, there were 6,400 attendees and 440 exhibitors. In comparison, there were 13,300 brewing professionals and more than 900 exhibitors this year!
Some notable takeaways from this year’s CBC include:
Keynotes: Alison Levine, a well-known leadership expert talked about her experience climbing the highest peak on every continent, in relation to how craft brewers can compete in a challenging and changing environment. Revered brewer and author Dick Cantwell provided insights from his craft beer career, while reinforcing the importance of producing high-quality beer.
Seminars: People come to CBC to listen, learn, and discuss the industry. This year’s seminars included everything from brewery operations, management and marketing, quality and safety. With three days of sessions, there was something there for everyone.
Bottle Design Contest: If you didn’t have a chance to meet up with BOB at CBC, he launched a bottle design contest. Drop us a comment below and let us know your opinion on which bottle you like the best.
CBC 2018 will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from April 30 – May 3, in conjunction with the 2018 World Beer Cup. We look forward to seeing you all in the Music City!
By: Paula Polei
The time has come! The Craft Brewers Conference will take place on April 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year, we’ll be in booth #1935.
We know craft brewers are always looking for the new, beautiful bottle designs to package their most treasured assets. That’s why we’ve decided to launch a bottle design contest at CBC this year. We want to get your opinion on what you think the next BOB bottle should be. To cast your vote, stop by booth #1935. Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ll have to offer.
While we know that you’ll be busy attending sessions, visiting breweries, and drinking your fair share of craft beer, we hope you’ll also take a few minutes to visit BOB (and Ardagh Group) during CBC. We’ll be giving away some great prizes, including $100 and $250 Amazon gift cards, beer bottle koozies and bottle opener Flash drives. Stay tuned to BOB’s Twitter for details on our CBC prize giveaways!
See you in D.C.!
March 2017 Newsletter
What a busy year it’s been so far! BOB is looking forward to seeing all of you craft brewers at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C. BOB will be giving away some great prizes in booth #1935, including $100 and $250 Amazon gift cards. Stay tuned to BOB’s Twitter for details on our CBC prize giveaways.
But, before we catch up at CBC, BOB wanted to take a minute to share some exciting updates with you!
What’s New on BuyOurBottles.com
Coming Soon – 750ml Belgian Crown Bottle
You asked for the 750ml Belgian bottle with a crown finish, and BOB listened. Within the coming weeks, BOB is planning to debut his new bottle. Check back at www.buyourbottles.com for updates!
We hope you’ll take a moment to check out these updates on our website. Or, maybe we’ll run into you at CBC!
In January, New Glarus Brewing Company announced an agreement for its 12 oz glass bottles to be produced by Ardagh Group’s Burlington, Wisconsin manufacturing facility, a mere 90 miles away from the brewery. Check out BOB’s blog to learn more about what this means for the state of Wisconsin.
Wildcard Brewing Company’s story began when Jeff and Jenny Hansen brewed two beers to give away as wedding favors at a brewery in San Luis Obispo where they went to college. Homebrew projects ensued in the years following. A casual passion soon turned into a career as Jeff announced to Jenny that he had quit his job and had been accepted to brew school. You could call Jeff and Jenny crazy, adventurous and unpredictable….a wildcard. Their story is one of the unexpected; a place where there are no limits, where perseverance and a free spirit turn dreams into reality.
Wildcard Brewing Company opened its doors in November of 2012 with 4,200 square feet of open warehouse space, a 10-gallon pilot system and a small, bare bones tasting room. For a year, the brewery serviced local accounts through a contract brewing relationship. It wasn’t until September of 2013 that they revealed a 15-barrel production brewery. Once 100 percent of the production was in house, Wildcard Brewing Company was able to expand to other surrounding counties and began bottling product. Growth has continued at a rapid pace, adding to the chaos and Wildcard spirit. Today, Wildcard remains a small, regional brewery.
Wildcard strives to source products as close to our brewing facility as possible. Working with Ardagh Group fit that bill.
“It was an added bonus to discover, as our relationship developed, that Ardagh Group excels with outstanding customer service,” said Jeff Hansen, Co-Founder / Brewmaster at Wildcard Brewing Company. “For us, it is the ease of ordering that makes them the vendor for our production needs. It is convenient to be able to order online at any time and, as a small business, that can sometimes be at off-hours when other companies wouldn’t be available to get an order submitted.”
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