Illinois Craft Brewers Convention and Trade Show Kicks Off March 14-15 in Bloomington, Illinois

Illinois Craft Brewers Convention and Trade Show Kicks Off March 14-15 in Bloomington, Illinois

In partnership with the Master Brewers Association of America, the annual convention attracts brewers and vendors across the Midwest for two days of education, panel discussions, and networking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BLOOMINGTON, Ill. February 21, 2022 | The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the nonprofit trade association that represents and advocates for Illinois craft breweries, today announced the return of its annual convention and trade show March 14 and 15 in Bloomington, Illinois.

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is partnering with the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) to deliver a high-impact, valuable experience for both craft brewers and vendors across the Midwest. The two-day conference in Bloomington, Illinois, features technical workshops, educational sessions, panel discussions, networking, and a robust trade show floor designed to help breweries navigate the challenging economic landscape and, ultimately, thrive in 2022.

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Breweries will hear from an impressive lineup of speakers on a range of timely topics, including supply chain disruptions, winning on social media, inclusivity in the workplace, safety, quality control, brewing techniques, and more. The breakout sessions are designed to be immersive, hands-on, and equip brewers and their key staff members with the knowledge and resources they need to better compete and to grow.

“The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild exists, in part, to ensure our brewing community has access to the tools and information they need to thrive in the new economy,” said Ray Stout, executive director for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. “The annual convention is one of the ways we support ongoing technical and operational education that help ensure our Midwest breweries are the best in the world. We look forward to once again gathering in person for the convention and to leaving with more knowledge, more capability, and more enthusiasm for the year ahead.”

The convention and trade show will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, IL (10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701). Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days, and DESTIHL Brewery & Beer Hall will welcome all attendees for a happy hour on the first evening.

Tickets are on sale now, with early bird tickets available through Friday February 25. For more information, a full schedule of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit


Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

Schedule of Events


Sunday, March 13, 2022-

3:00P-10:00P Bloomington Normal Brewery Hop

3:00P-6:00P Vendor Booth Set up opens

Monday, March 14, 2022

7:00A-8:30A Vendor Booth Set-Up

9:00A-10:00A Check-in


10:00A-10:45A Keynote Speaker

11:00A-12:00P Seminar 1 (Supply Chain Disruption)

Seminar 2 (Lager Beer Panel)

12:00P-2:00P Lunch

Tradeshow Floor Open

2:15P-3:15P Seminar 3 (Social Media Panel)

Seminar 4 (Malt Panel)

3:30P-4:30P Seminar 5 ((Making Your Business More Inclusive)

Seminar 6 (Safety Panel)

4:30P Tradeshow floor closes

5:00P-6:00P Buses to DESTIHL (5:00P, 5:30P, and 6:00P)

5:30P-7:30P Happy Hour at DESTIHL Brewery & Beer Hall (1200 Greenbriar Drive)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

8:30A-9:30A Tradeshow Floor Opens

9:00 A-9:30A Breakfast

9:45 A-10:45A Seminar 7 (Maintaining Quality Control Panel)

Seminar 8 (Cold side dry hoping techniques/dry hop creep)

11:00 A-12:00P Seminar 9 (Brewery Roundtable-Stump the Brewer)

Seminar 10 (Preparing for a Hop Sensory)

12:00P-1:00P Lunch

Tradeshow Floor Open

12:30P-1:30P Roundtable

1:30P Tradeshow Floor Breakdown Begins

1:45 P-2:15P Closing Talk

*Check back for further updates and for a line-up of speakers.*

*Seminars are subject to change


About the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICBG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois. Founded in 1997, ICBG focuses its efforts on member and consumer education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and the promotion of its member craft breweries. Learn more at and follow along on Facebook (Illinois Craft Brewers Guild), Twitter (@IllinoisBeer), and Instagram (ILCraftBeer).

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