In a long string of major developments today regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the beer industry itself took a hit with the announcement that the annual Craft Brewers Conference in San Antonio next month is cancelled.
“Developments over the past 24 hours have made hosting this year’s conference infeasible, said the BA in a statement, and after much thought and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America and World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association will provide full refunds of conference registration and booth fees, sponsor payments, and World Beer Cup competition entries.”
The statement went to say that “we are grateful to all of you who made plans to attend this year’s events. It is heartbreaking to miss the annual gathering of our craft brewing community, but the safety and health of attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and the craft brewing community at large is paramount to the Brewers Association.”
The BA has posted full details on refunds and a FAQ on their CBC web site here.