California’s Craft Brewing Celebrities Pair Beer and Education at Craft Beer Summit

Full schedule of brewers, chefs, events and sessions announced for the California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase


Today the California Craft Brewers Association announced the names of the top chefs, craft beer pioneers and industry icons speaking at the California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase September 11-12 in Sacramento, California at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 150 California breweries will attend, including industry icons, Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.; and Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo, owners of Russian River Brewing Co.

During the two-day summit a series of “Tap Talks” on the Expo Floor will allow attendees to interact directly with craft beer legends. Topics will include:

  • The Beginning of the Craft Beer Revolution – Personal Stories from Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Women in Brewing with Natalie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Co.
  • Sour Beers with Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Co. and Patrick Rue, The Bruery
  • IPA’s – Everything to Know About Craft’s #1 Selling Style with Mitch Steele, Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co.
  • How to Age Beers at Home with Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

On the “Masters Demo” stage California’s top brewers will work directly with award winning chefs to pair California’s finest beers with food highlighting fresh and local ingredients. Beer enthusiasts will also be able to attend in-depth seminars on how to start a brewery, how to enroll in craft beer higher education programs and an overview of the brewing process with Dr. Charlie ‘The Pope of Foam’ Bamforth, Distinguished Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at University of California, Davis.

“This summit will offer a behind-the-scenes educational experience, while bringing together California’s craft beer comrades to celebrate our industry’s legacy and growth,” said Greg Koch, CEO & co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., and keynote speaker at the summit. “Due to the support we’ve received from fans who value the integrity of California craft beer, we have become a state that’s regarded around the world for its vibrant beer community. Thanks and cheers to those who appreciate and support California beer!”

Ticket packages and pricing for the weekend range from $60 to $239 and include a variety of educational sessions, tasting and food pairing activities, VIP access and festival events on September 11-12 in Sacramento during the city’s annual Farm-to-Fork week.
A complete speaker and topic schedule can be found at