Craft beverage summit on tap for April 8 in South Charleston

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Craft beverage summit on tap for April 8 in South Charleston. Photo courtesy Robert C. Byrd Institute.

To bolster growth in the emerging craft-beverage economy—including the production of sodas, teas, beers, wines, and spirits—the Robert C. Byrd Institute will sponsor “Craft: A Farm-to-Bottle Summit” April 8 in South Charleston.

Participants will explore ways that craft products can engage various interests in agriculture, hospitality and tourism to build markets for this growing business sector, according to Bill Woodrum, director of entrepreneurship and agricultural innovations.

“This event is a must for craft brewers, farmers, retailers and others in the region who are interested in becoming a part of this rapidly growing West Virginia industry,” Woodrum said.

“Plus, it will provide attendees the opportunities to sample some of the unique and tasty beverages already produced here.”

The Keynote speaker will be entrepreneur Todd Boera, owner of Fonta Flora Brewery in Asheville, N.C.

Boera has been instrumental in transforming the Asheville area into a popular stop along the craft-brewing tourism trail and uses a large percent of locally produced grains and fruits in his brewing operation.

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Breakout sessions will include locally sourcing products and ingredients, legal and regulatory issues for bottlers, recent legislative changes affecting the craft beverage industry, and tips and resources for starting your own beverage company.

The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn & Suites (400 2nd Avenue SW, South Charleston) followed by a craft-beverage tasting event, “Pour It Forward,” from 6 to 8 p.m.

The cost of attending the summit is $25 per person.

Participants may register at . For more information, call 304-781-1670.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) was established to provide expertise and innovative solutions with leading-edge technology to advance manufacturing and entrepreneurship in West Virginia.

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