In two short years, BevCon® has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting and inspiring, industry only, beverage events. Professional bartenders, sommeliers, buyers, beverage makers, distributors, importers, media, marketing, public relations professionals, and other related companies all gather in an intimate setting to learn from one another, share resources, network, and become inspired to grow their respected businesses.
The main crux of the event is the Learning Sessions. Each day is filled with several dozen presentations by the best in the business. Topics cover key components in the beverage industry including: operations, financial and legal issues, beverage making, new and cutting-edge techniques, and trends in the wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic industries. There are several sessions which feature a tasting component that provides a chance to sample rare, hard-to-find products. For 2018, more focus will be placed on international trends and personalities.
BevCon® began as the passion project of Angel Postell, owner of Home Team PR and Events, and has grown into an ever-evolving, highly praised industry event. With over twenty years promoting and producing food and beverage related projects and events, including founding and directing the Charleston Wine + Food Festival for ten years, Postell saw a profound need for an event celebrating “all things beverage” and “all people beverage.” Her desire to offer this type of event led her to bring together a nationally recognized group of advisors representing the countries top beverage professionals and under her leadership bring you the inaugural BevCon® in August of 2016. Together they shared a mission to:
Connect the beverage Community in an intimate environment where owners, bartenders, sommeliers, and cicerones together with other beer, wine, and spirit producers and professionals can share resources, discuss trends, network and most importantly inspire one another.
Showcase unique products of integrity by creating a platform where producers of small batch, rare and reserve products are willing to sample their products to an audience of value. ALL BevCon® attendees must be members of the industry as well as submit applications for review before they are granted attendance to the event.
Integrate the industries most informed and respected media professionals and writers into the heart of the events programming. BevCon® seeks to educate and inspire its attendees, and who better to assist in this task than the individuals who so passionately and eloquently report on the industry’s most stimulating trends and topics.
Most importantly BevCon® not only gives back to its attendees through highly cultivated programming but the event donates any profits from the event to beverage related causes through Postell’s 501c4 organization—Home Team Angels. Funding may provide financial scholarships for those aspiring to grow their business or career, or even assist those facing hardships due to natural disasters or other unforeseen adversities.
National Advisory Council
Adam Dulye, Brewer’s Association
Alba Huerta, Julep
Angel Postell, Home Team PR and Events
Bobby Stuckey, MS, Frasca Food & Wine and Scarpetta Wine
Brad Thomas Parsons, writer and author
Christian Krogstad, House Spirits Distillery
Clint Sloan, Banshee Wines and Valkyrie Selections
Derek Brown, The Drink Company
Eric Railsback, Lieu Dit Winery
Jayce McConnell, Edmund’s Oast
Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
Matt Azar, Marketing Consultant
Nick Detrich, DK Country Hospitality
Paul Clarke, Imbibe
Sabato Sagaria, MS, bartaco
Sara Donahue, Cross & Dot
Sarah Simmons, Birds & Bubbles
Valerie Masten, Skurnik Wines
Wayne Curtis, writer and author
LA Advisory Council
Aaron Polsky, Harvard & Stone
Alex Day, Proprietors
Anne Alderete, Wagstaff Worldwide
Christine Russo, USBG SoCal
Chris Lavin, Broadbent Selection
Dana Farner, SevenFifty
David Othenin-Girard, K&L Wines
Jason Horn, freelance writer and PR agent
Josh Rosenstein, Hoxie Spritzer