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Weeklong Festival Will Highlight Every Element of the Craft Beverage Industry
PITTSBURGH - VisitPITTSBURGH and the Craft Beverage Expo and Distribution are proud to announce CBX, a weeklong festival of events celebrating craft beverage throughout Allegheny County, March 27-April 2, 2023. Highlighting every element of the craft beverage industry, from production and manufacture to bottling and branding, and including beer, wine, spirits, cider, sake, mead and more, CBX will be a county-wide celebration encompassing three distinctive components of the craft beverage ecosystem, from wholesale to retail, with an educational and experiential component: Craft Beverage Expo, Craft Beverage Excellence and Craft Beverage Experience.
“Our region has been fighting for craft beverage since 1794, dating back to the infamous Whiskey Rebellion. In contemporary times, our craft beverage scene has continued to build in scope, reach and momentum, making Pittsburgh the perfect destination for a major expo like CBX,” said Jerad Bachar, President & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.
CBX will kick off with the industry/tradeshow component, Craft Beverage Expo, taking place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center March 29-31. In addition to the tradeshow elements, CBX Expo will include The Women in Craft Forum, which focuses on topics unique to women in the craft beverage industry, with tailored insight and strategies to push women to the next level in their careers.
“Our goal with this forum is to encourage greater collaboration among women in the craft beverage industry to take on a larger role in shaping its direction,” said Kellie Shevlin, Executive Director, Craft Beverage Expo and Distribution Conference. “In doing so, we hope to also develop a community that fuels positive change and growth in our industry, illustrating what’s possible for women who enjoy working with craft wine, beer, cider and spirits.”
CBX Experience is a consumer tasting event that will invite small batch vendors from across Allegheny County to showcase their products to industry partners and the general public. The 2023 inaugural event will take place March 31, and a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase.
Ongoing throughout CBX, CBX Excellence will engage and activate Allegheny County businesses from hotels, restaurants, culture and other attractions throughout the region to participate in CBX by offering specials, discounts, events and more.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with VisitPITTSBURGH to launch CBX,” added Shevlin. “We’ve long had an eye on Pittsburgh as an important region in the ever-expansive craft beverage universe. We’re thrilled to showcase the masters of their craft from some of the best-known brands, to the emerging stars of tomorrow, in a city where craft beverages and innovation go hand in hand.”
About the Craft Beverage Expo (CBE) and Distribution Conference: CBE is the leading trade exposition and conference for the entire craft beverage industry, with the primary goal of bringing various vertical beverage markets together to exchange ideas and foster a community of collaboration based on common goals. Whether it is beer, wine, spirits, mead or cider, Craft Beverage Expo and Distribution Conference focuses on small-batch beverages and the issues that producers face, from finding the right technology and equipment for their operations to getting their beverages onto stores’ shelves. For more information, visit craftbeverageexpo.com
About Women in Craft Forum: CBE’s Women in Craft Forum focuses on topics unique to women in the craft beverage industry. Whether you are in wine, beer, spirits, cider, mead or non-alcoholic beverages, this forum will set you up for success with tailored insight and strategies to push you to the next level in your career. For more information, visit craftbeverageexpo.com/women-in-craft.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating business events, sports events and leisure travel.