Craft beverage summit is on tap March 3 in Huntington
Nationally known expert Don Schjeldahl will headline Craft 2: A Farm to Bottle Summit March 3 in Huntington as the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) brings together interests from across the region to support the emerging craft beverage economy.
Participants will explore ways makers of these products – from soda and tea to beer, wine and spirits – can engage with various interests in agriculture, hospitality and tourism to build markets for this emerging business sector.
“This is a perfect opportunity for craft beverage makers to share best practices and connect with farmers and other potential suppliers as well as commercial resellers of their products,” said Bill Woodrum, RCBI director of entrepreneurship.
Schjeldahl has worked with brewers and distillers across the country. A former employee of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, he was instrumental in assisting the company in establishing its $200 million brewery near Asheville, North Carolina. As keynote speaker, Schjeldahl will highlight key aspects of a new RCBI feasibility study on ways to maximize existing assets and develop a roadmap for a craft beverage trail in the Huntington/Charleston metro region.
Craft 2, also sponsored by Charleston Area Alliance and the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO), will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mountain Health Network Arena, 1 Center Plaza, Huntington. A tasting event will follow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and feature locally produced food and craft beverages. The cost is $25 per person. Register at www.rcbi.org/go/craft2.