​​​​​Networking​

​​World Brewing Congress 2024 offers a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas and solve challenges with brewing experts, chemists, and exhibitors from around the world. Learn more about what's offered at this year's Congress!



Daily

Beverage Breaks

​Grab a beverage and strike up a conversation before heading to your next session or workshop.

Hospitality Suite

​Enjoy this laid-back and inviting atmosphere where you can relax, network, and recharge after a day of learning. The hospitality suite is a perfect place to strike up a conversation with other attendees over a beverage. You may even find yourself engaging in impromptu discussions with other experts in the brewing science community.​​



Saturday, August 17

Pre-Meeting Field Trips*

​​​Join local field trips before we kick off the 2024 World Brewing Congress. All new local field trips have been crafted to offer a fun, immersive Minneapolis experience. Stay tuned for field trip announcements!

*Pre-registration required.

​Winterlude: Opening Reception​​

Kick off the World Brewing Congress 2024 and get a taste of Midwestern hospitality at Winterlude. Experience a genuine Minnesota welcome as you connect with global brewing experts in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere at the opening reception. 

Share stories around the fire, play a friendly game of air or bubble hockey, sit back and watch dueling guitar players, and make lasting connections while embracing the cozy charm of the Bold North. Don’t miss this evening of camaraderie and the true spirit of a Minnesota winter!


Sunday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 20

Poster Viewing Hours

Browse the latest brewing industry research in the form of posters, and don't miss out on your opportunity to meet and connect with poster authors during this dedicated time.

Exhibit Hall Open

Mingle with fellow attendees and browse exhibits showcasing brewing technology, ingredients, and innovation.

Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy beverages and light snacks while connecting with exhibitors showcasing new technology and ingredients innovating the brewing world. Ask questions, expand your knowledge, and forge valuable connections.​


Sunday, August 18

MN Beer Tasting Lunch*

Join us for a special beer pairing luncheon celebrating the diverse craft beer scene of Minnesota. Experience the rich tapestry of flavors from local breweries while connecting with fellow attendees and industry leaders. Don't miss this unique opportunity to indulge in the best of Minnesota's craft beer while forging meaningful connections.

*Pre-registration is required.​


Monday, August 19

Rahr Malting Co. Facility Tours​​​

Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to tour the Rahr Malting facilities in Shakopee, Minnesota! This unique networking opportunity is open to all World Brewing Congress attendees and includes round-trip transportation from the Minneapolis Convention Center, beer, and food. Promptly RSVP by adding this event to your registration. Secure your spot and enjoy this informative and enjoyable event. 

*Please note that this is a production facility, so closed-toe shoes are required, and long pants are recommended.​

Monday, August 19 & Tuesday, August 20

Networking Lunch​

Fuel your body and your mind during two networking luncheons. Savor a delicious meal and connect with attendees on your takeaways from the day so far. ​​


Tuesday, August 20

​Summerfest: Closing Party ​​

Step right up to the World Brewing Congress Summerfest! Celebrate the end of an enriching journey with a festive farewell at the closing party. Soak up all the essence of summer in Minnesota with state fair food, a classic meat raffle, live music, and your favorite outdoor games from cornhole to giant beer pong. 

Summerfest promises great company and unforgettable memories. Keep your eye out for a certain tall lumberjack, he might be hard to miss! Kick back and embrace the easygoing lake life of the North Star state and leave with the memories of a great Minnesota get-together.


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WBC is hosted by the American Society of Brewing Chemists and Master Brewers Association of the Americas, with active participation by Brewery Convention of Japan, European Brewery Convention, and Institute of Brewing and Distilling