Tristan Chan | PorchDrinking.com
Tristan Chan is the Founder of PorchDrinking.com, a national beer publication focused on tell great stories within the craft beer industry. Over the past eight years, their approach toward showcasing positivity within the industry, while reporting the news and showcasing beer through the context of pop culture has grown in readership and in building a community of over 100 writers and staff members. Tristan also recently launched his own marketing consulting firm, The Porch Collective, to help breweries and hospitality brands share their stories through PR, Social Media, Partnerships and overall Marketing Strategies.
Damian DeBuiser | Brew Happy Show Podcast
Damian DeBuiser is host of the Brew Happy Show, an Audio/Visual project based out of Portland, Oregon. Brew Happy is a weekly Podcast with over ten years of longevity and a focus on craft beer and cider, the industry that surrounds it, and the people that make it. Damian will be presenting on podcasting at BeerNow 20. On the side, Damian is a bartender at Adrianna Hill Ballroom in Portland.
Mike Drumm | BeerAttorney.com
Mike Drumm has been an attorney for 14 years and owns the law firm Drumm Law, LLC, based in Colorado. He has been working with breweries since 2010. He regularly presents and writes on legal beer topics across the country. Mike is proud to claim “I am not your typical boring lawyer and put on an entertaining and informative presentation.”
Emily Hutto | RadCraft
Emily Hutto is a Colorado-based beer journalist-turned-barley industry marketer. After years of freelance writing and authoring the book Colorado’s Top Brewers, she founded RadCraft in 2012 to serve the communications needs of maltsters, brewers, and distillers. Learn more at www.radcraftbeer.com.
Caitlin Johnson | Big World, Small Girl
Caitlin Johnson is a beer blogger and social media influencer based in Austin. She also freelances on beer, drinks, and travel for a number of outlets. Caitlin has thrived with Instagram, has over 16,000 followers, and will be speaking on the platform at BeerNow20. Blogging since 2015, Caitlin has since worked with numerous brands which include Whole Foods, GrowlerWerks, Jameson Whiskey, Shiner Beer, Sugarfina, Guinness, and Dogfish Head.
Lester Jones | National Beer Wholesalers Association
Lester Jones is the Chief Economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, where he tracks the economic factors that impact the beer distribution industry and alcohol policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. He evaluates and develops primary industry data, including economic impact, tax impacts, sales and volume data. Lester has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. He previously served as chief economist at the Beer Institute, where he developed and executed significant research initiatives that helped shape America’s beer industry.
Ken & April Pishna | Living a Stout Life
Ken & April Pishna, in their 40s, left their suburban Denver house with their kids, sold or gave everything away, bought an RV, created a nomadic business, moved into the RV, and left Colorado, their home of 30 years. Now they travel around the country in search of great stories around a great beer and share those stories with you.
Lori Rice | loririce.com
Lori Rice is a photographer and writer specializing in foods, drinks and the farms where they originate. Her passion for craft beer has been growing ever since she visited her first beer garden in Vienna over a decade ago. She is a Certified Beer Server and author-photographer of the cookbooks, Beer Bread and Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer.
Harry Schuhmacher | Beer Business Daily
Harry Schuhmacher is Editor & Publisher of Beer Business Daily, Craft Business Daily, and Wine & Spirits Daily. He has worked in the beer business for over 30 years in a variety of positions, and has published Beer Business Daily for over twenty years. In addition, he is the producer of the Beer Industry Summit and the Wine & Spirits Summit. He is often quoted as a beer industry expert in national publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Harry lives in a restored brewery in San Antonio, Texas. He enjoys reading, dive bars, and drinking beer in beer-clean glasses.