Tuesday, May 1, 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Building a Returnable Bottle Market

Davidson Ballroom B (level 1M)

Craft brewers have always led the way in considering the environmental impact of their decisions. This panel will provide brewers with the latest updates on where, why, and how refillable beer bottles are gaining a toehold in craft brewing. Craft brewers, innovators, and industry professionals will share how the bottles are making a real impact on the craft brewing industry. The panel discussion will include an overview of the need for returnable bottles from an environmental and economic perspective, a case study of a successful returnable program from overseas, and an overview on the safety and quality of the bottles. A refillable glass bottle marketplace presents a unique opportunity for our craft brewing industry and your engagement is essential in order to ensure its success.


Assetta, Vince
Straub BreweryAssetta, VinceVP, GM & Brewmaster
Bailey, Jules
Oregon Beverage Recycling CooperativeBailey, JulesChief Stewardship Officer and Director of External Relations
Geuer, Thorsten
Bayern Brewing Inc.Geuer, ThorstenBrewmaster
Kilpatrick, Bill
O-IKilpatrick, BillSr. Director Global Quality
McNamara, Caren
Conscious ContainerMcNamara, CarenFounder/CEO
Nordmeyer, Jim
O-INordmeyer, JimVP, Global Sustainability
Wallace, Katie
New Belgium Brewing Wallace, KatieCSR Program Manager