San Francisco CA, Apr. 9, 2019 — The very first conference for craft brewers was held in conjunction with the annual Homebrewers Conference in Boulder in 1982., put on by the American Homebrewers Association. At that conference, there was a separate seminar track of topics for commercial craft brewers. But it wasn’t until 1984 in Denver, after the Institute for Brewing and Fermentation Studies had been formed the previous year to represent the emerging craft brewing industry that craft brewers had their very own conference. It was still held at the same time and location as the Homebrewers Conference, but it had its own identity with separate registration and content specific to commercial small-scale brewing.

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