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Day 2 Keynote Speaker

“The Surprising Power of the Long Game: The Story of Breakside and Valuing Long-Term Quality”

Ben is the brewmaster at Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon, where he oversees the company’s production brewery and two pub breweries. 

As founding brewer of Breakside, he helped grow the company from a small brewpub into a successful regional brewery producing over 7 million pints of beer per year. Under Ben’s leadership, Breakside has won many medals at national and international competitions, including 10 World Beer Cup awards and 26 Great American Beer Festival medals since 2011, as well as Brewery of the Year honors at the Oregon Beer Awards in 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

Educated at the Siebel Institute and Yale University, he is also the current president of the Oregon Brewers Guild, a judge at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, and a member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas National Technical Committee. In 2023, Ben received the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing from the Brewers Association, one of the most prestigious awards in the beer industry.