The Ohio Craft Brewers Association will return to Dayton for its annual conference in 2020.

Dayton lures statewide craft-brewers conference for a return visit

Annual two-day event will come back to downtown convention center in February 2020

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association annual conference will return to Dayton in February 2020, the association announced this week.

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The two-day event — the sixth conference that the OCBA has organized — will be held Feb. 5-6 at the Dayton Convention Center.

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Dayton was selected to host for the second time after previously hosting in 2016. The 2019 conference, held in Columbus, drew about 650 brewing-industry professionals. 

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The conference will feature 30 presentations, panel discussions and seminars covering technical brewing techniques, sales and distribution, business operations, legal compliance and other brewing-industry topics. In addition, about 100 OCBA-allied member businesses will hold a trade show in the convention center’s main exhibit hall during the conference.

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“As the craft beer industry continues to grow, making sure breweries have access to continuing educational resources is vital,” OCBA Executive Director Mary MacDonald said in a release. “In this mature beer market, breweries need to learn and adopt best practices not only for making great beer, but also sales and marketing, providing positive customer experiences, occupational safety and a whole host of other facets of running a brewery business. Our conference gives breweries a unique opportunity to learn from each other to continue elevating Ohio as a craft-beer destination.” 

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 Founded in 2007, the Columbus-based Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit member organization designed to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

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