August 19, 2013 - Monday

Future of Beer Tour

Travel with the industry’s leading thinkers through the heart of craft brewing country

Over the past couple decades Colorado has emerged as the epicenter of the craft brewing industry, now with over 140 breweries and more cropping up every month. What Napa Valley is to wine, Colorado is to beer.  

Nationally, the craft brewing industry employed 108,440 jobs in the U.S. last year, at the same time that another 409 new breweries opened.

But with all of these new players entering into the market, what is happening to the industry as a whole? Will there be enough consumers to buy all of the beer being produced? Does Gen-Y like beer as much as older generations? And how will beer in the future differ from what’s being produced today?

So many questions, not enough answers? 

For this reason we’d like to have you join us as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of Colorado’s newest microbreweries, talk to the experts, and find out what’s really driving the rapid expansion of this industry. 

Join us as we climb aboard the “Future of Beer Bus,” sample a variety of unusual new beers.

As a special offer we have created a Combo Pack that combines an Individual Membership with attendance to the Future of Beer Tour for only $199. The Combo Pack Membership offers the same great privileges as an Individual Membership. Call 303-666-4133 to join today!

EVENT: Future of Beer
DATE: August 19, 2013 - Monday
TIME: 3:00pm-8:00pm

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $99, Members: $69, SuperMembers: $49

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: Future of Beer Tour
SPEAKERS: Jeff Griffith, Jeff Mendel, John Carlson, Mark Lusher, Matt Cutter, Sir Eric Keeney, Tom Horst, Thomas Frey

SPEAKER: Jeff Griffith

Head Brewer, Fate Brewing Company

Jeff Griffith is Head Brewer for Fate Brewing Company. Formerly Head Brewer for Golden City Brewery, Jeff brings an ideal blend of innovation and expertise to the craft beer world.

Jeff joined Golden City Brewery in February of 2005, and was the driving force behind Evolution IPA, Stand Up Double IPA, Imperial Stout, Javapeño Imperial Stout and more.  Jeff specializes in recipe development and has spent the past eight years producing award-winning craft brews, earning over 30 medals in multiple categories from competitions such as the North American Beer Awards. Jeff obtained his General Certificate of Brewing from London’s Institute of Brewing & Distilling, and has attended several educational forums including the MBAA Malting & Brewing Science course, Hop Union’s Hop School and Rocky Mountain Microbrewer’s Symposiums.


SPEAKER: Jeff Mendel

Partner, Director & Ambassador, Left Hand Brewing Company

Jeff Mendel is a partner in Left Hand Brewing Company, a judge at the Great American Beer Festival and co-founder of the Colorado Brewers Guild.  Jeff also teaches Beer Appreciation classes through Boulder Valley School District's Lifelong Learning adult education program.  He has been involved in the craft brewing industry for 26 years.  Jeff’s goal is to provide tour goers with a high-contact craft beer experience so they may gain a passion for American craft brewers, who are making some of the finest beers in the world today.


SPEAKER: John Carlson

Executive Director, Colorado Brewers Guild

In 1996, John Carlson became the first executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. The guild is a non-profit corporation representing the business and legislative interests of the Colorado craft brewer. John represents the guild and its members on both the state and federal level. He played a large role in creating the guild’s annual beer-lover event, the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous held in Salida every July. Carlson is active in the local homebrew community and sits on the steering committee of the Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium. John earned his law degree from the University of Denver and an MBA from the University of Colorado. When not representing the interests of Colorado craft brewers, John enjoys spending time with family in the great Colorado outdoors.

SPEAKER: Mark Lusher

Founding Partner, 300 Suns Brewing

Shortly after moving to Colorado, Mark Lusher discovered craft beer and home brewing.  He is a founding partner of a brewery in planning 300 Suns Brewing in Longmont Colorado slated to open later this year.  With a technology and startup background Mark has been a Davinci Member since 2008 and member of the Home Brewers Association since 2009.  Starting a brewery combines his experience with startups and love of good beer.

SPEAKER: Matt Cutter

Founder, Upslope Brewing Company

Matt Cutter discovered his passion for craft beer at a local home-brew shop in Boulder, Colorado. Considering the concept for a local craft beer microbrewery for over 10 years, Matt generated a business plan and created Upslope Brewing Company in 2008 after meeting Dany Pages and Henry Wood. As the company’s founder, Matt leads and inspires the company while blazing a trail for one of the fastest-growing breweries in Colorado.


SPEAKER: Sir Eric Keeney

Craft Beer Documentarian, Video Producer, Homebrewer, Craft Beer Scholar

From his humble beginnings as a chalkboard artist for McMenamins Breweries in Oregon to his decade-plus career as a cameraman for television and film, Eric Keeney's travels have afforded him the opportunity to visit and meet with some of the most amazing breweries and brewers from up and down the West Coast of North America. Now based in Fort Collins, his current work in media and marketing for craft breweries includes the production of his own online television show called Beer City TV. Eric will be tagging along to capture footage of the tour, both for the DaVinci Institute, as well as producing a new episode Beer City TV.


SPEAKER: Tom Horst

Founder, Crystal Springs Brewing Company

Tom (Doc) Horst  grew up in South Dakota and began his career as a college percussion teacher and professional musician.  For the last 25 years he has taught instrumental music at Boulder High School.  In the early 90’s he began homebrewing with his son, Bob and in 2010, along with his wife, Kristy, founded Crystal Springs Brewing Company.  They will soon open another location in Louisville (on South Taylor Avenue in the Colorado Technical Center).  Along with his son, Bob, Tom has 3 daughters, Jennifer, Kelsey and Jacey and a stepdaughter, Dion.  Crystal Springs Brews can be found in liquor stores along the Front Range and in several restaurants in the area.  For more information, please see our web site at


HOST: Thomas Frey

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come.  His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists."  Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.