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Second Annual Business of Beer

The Business of Beer: Panel and Tasting

Dream of starting your own brewery? Have a hobby you'd like to turn into a business? Or do you just love craft beer?

Boston's craft beer scene is bubbling! Local companies are disrupting the industry and creating unique experiences, flavors, and combinations that rival the oldest brands.
On Thursday, July 27th, Branchfood is teaming up with the CIC to chat about the business of brewing and understand the past, present, and future of the Boston beer scene. Join us for a panel of beer experts from local breweries - large, small, and in between - who will tell us how they got started, where they found funding, and how they brew, market, package, sell, and distribute their product.

Come thirsty and hungry! We'll have a full beer tasting and catered from Dig Inn (included in the price of the ticket). See below for more details.

The Business of Beer
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
6:00 - 8:30
CIC Boston
50 Milk Street, 20th Floor
Lighthouse Conference Center

Beer Tasting: Enjoy small pours of seasonal favorites and new brews you haven't tried before. The following companies will be sampling their beers. Taste them all!

  • Revival Brewing Co.
  • Democracy Brewing
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Ipswich Ale Brewery
  • & more!

Food: Din Inn will be providing a full selection of locally-sourced food for attendees.


  • Beer tasting starts at 6:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion starts at 6:45 pm
  • Q&A Session at 7:30 pm
  • Event ends at 8:30 pm


  • Revival Brewing Co.
  • Democracy Brewing
  • & more!

About the Speakers

Owen Johnson
Chairman and CEO
Revival Brewing Company

A lifelong entrepreneur and early-stage startup investor, Owen has co-founded 9 ventures and invested in over 90 companies. He brings over 20 years of hands-on startup experience to the companies and founders with whom he works. Owen holds an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a mentor for the MIT 100k Business Plan Competition and a business plan judge for the Brown Entrepreneurship Program Business Plan Competition. Currently, Owen is the Chairman and CEO of Revival Brewing Company, which partners with local businesses to develop distinct flavors that appeal to everyone from beer aficionados to those just beginning to experience the world of craft brews.

James Raza
Co-founder and Business Director
Democracy Brewing Company

James brings a passion for worker cooperatives and organizing to the Democracy Brewing team. His extensive experience in economic justice organizing includes working for Young Workers United, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Jobs with Justice. James has also interned for the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, where he documented models of worker ownership and developed recommendations for expansion and funding models, as well as for Equal Exchange, one of the largest worker-owned businesses in the United States. James until recently was the Director of Campaigns for 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, a community-led climate justice organization. Last but no less important, James has five years experience in the service industry, including work as a barback, dishwasher, bartender, food runner, event staff, and barista.

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Earlier Event: July 6
July Community Table
Later Event: August 3
August Community Table