Robert C. Byrd Institute schedules craft beverage summit for April 8

The Robert C. Byrd Institute will sponsor Craft: A Farm to Bottle Summit 2-6 p.m. April 8 at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 400 Second Ave. SW, South Charleston.

It will be followed from 6-8 p.m. by a craft beverage tasting event, Pour It Forward. The cost is $25 per person. Register at www.rcbi.org/go/craft.

The event will gather statewide business interests to support growth in the emerging craft beverage economy, from soda and teas to beer, wine and spirits.

Participants will explore ways that craft products can engage various interests in agriculture, hospitality and tourism to build markets for this growing business sector.

“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,” said Bill Woodrum, director of entrepreneurship and agricultural innovations at the institute. “Plus, it will provide attendees the opportunities to sample some of the unique and tasty beverages already produced here.”

The keynote speaker will be Todd Boera, owner of Fonta Flora Brewery in Asheville, N.C., who has been instrumental in transforming the Asheville area into a popular stop along the craft brewing tourism trail.

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 company.

For information, contact 304-781-1670.