Meet Our 2016 Session Planners
A coalition of 4 leading beverage trade publications are coming together to form an alliance and create three distinct conferences together under one roof: Craft Beer & Brewing, The American Distilling Institute, Midwest Wine Press, and Vineyard & Winery Management. These industry leaders will work to develop their own high level program within their own discipline under the general heading of Craft Beverages Unlimited.
In Missouri, see who will be planning our regional conference sessions.
WINE PROGRAM - Danny Wood (left) and Mark Ganchiff (right)
With session planning in conjunction with Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, Midwest Wine Press (MWP) is the first business publication dedicated entirely to the art and business of winemaking in the Midwestern United States. The goal of Midwest Wine Press is to help winery owners, grape growers and cellar masters be more effective and profitable.
Unlike California-based, wine-trade publications, MWP focuses exclusively on issues related to growing grapes and making wine in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each issue focuses on the art, science and business of winemaking.
Vineyard & Winery Management magazine has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. In addition it produces regional trade shows and conferences and wine competitions. Family owned and independently operated, VWM is dedicated to delivering its customers the quality, service and value needed to make their businesses thrive.
CRAFT BREWING PROGRAM - John Bolton
As CEO, Craft Beer & Brewing magazine John Bolton built the niche craft publisher from shoestrings into a multimillion dollar business. John first publishing business was acquired by craft publishing heavyweight Interweave in 2007, and John remained with the business as Senior Vice President/Group Publisher, ultimately responsible for the entire P&L of this business, and leading the transition from print-centric publishing model to a diversified media approach featuring 17 frequency magazine titles plus over 25 yearly SIPs, a 40 books per year book publishing program, an internal video studio producing 75+ workshop videos per year, three PBS television programs, nine major online communities sending over 1.5 million emails per day, and more. Interweave was acquired in 2012 by F+W Media, upon which John became a member of the senior executive team, directing strategy and execution for the Interweave and Martha Pullen divisions of F+W Media. John left F+W Media in April 2013 and Co-Founded Unfiltered Media in November of 2013. John has been a craft beer aficionado for many years. He also loves to homebrew. John Enjoys all types if craft beer including IPA’s, Sour, Lagers, Stouts, and Pilsners.
DISTILLING PROGRAM - Bill Owens
Founder and Persident of the American Distilling Institute, Bill Owens has many achievements to his credit in his life so far—among them are: photographer, photojournalist, brewer, distiller and publisher.
A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and two NEA grants for his photography, Bill is best known for his work "Suburbia," considered one of the top 100 seminal photographic books of the twentieth century. Seven monograms of his photographic work have been released by various publishers. His photographic work is collected by many museums internationally.
In 1983, Owens founded Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, CA—the first brewpub in California since prohibition. In 1992 he wrote "How to Build a Small Brewery" which sold 30,000 copies. He later founded Beer and American Brewer, which he published for 14 years reaching a circulation of 7,000.
In 2003 Bill founded the American Distilling Institute (ADI) which promotes the art of craft distilling. Attendance at its annual conference has grown exponentially from 86 attendees the first year to over 900 at last year's 10th anniversary conference. He has been responsible for creating a vibrant community of distillers and vendors who are all contributing to the recent boon in the craft distilling movement. ADI's Distiller magazine is a quarterly with a press run of 4,000 and produces an annual Resource Guide and Directory of craft distillers and suppliers to the industry. The book-publishing arm of ADI, White Mule Press, has 20 titles in its library that cover technique, history and appreciation of craft distilled spirits.
For his dedication to educating and inspiring young brewers and distillers while being an innovator in the craft distilling industry, in 2013 Owens received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Craft Distilling at The International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention in Dublin, Ireland.