Brewbound: Brewbound Pitch Slam 13: Meet the Semi-Finalists and Judges

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We’re excited to reveal the Brewbound Pitch Slam 13 semi-finalists and judges. We’ve narrowed down the semi-final pool to 12 companies. The chosen semi-finalists produce a wide range of alcoholic beverages. The competition is a microcosm of the overall beer industry, as companies look beyond beer to hard seltzers, hard tea, hard kombucha and other offerings to diversify their portfolios in search of growth.

The Brewbound Live Pitch Slam, presented by O-I, returns to Santa Monica, California, during the Brewbound Live Winter 2021 business conference on November 30 and December 1. The business pitch competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurship and build awareness for startups making beer, cider, hard seltzer, kombucha, tea, non-alcoholic beer and other segments of the beer category.

Competing brands include:

  • Kharisma Tea Company
  • Brewjería Company
  • Zesty Beverages, LLC
  • Dokkaebier
  • Kové Hard Yerba Mate
  • Wild Ohio Brewing
  • Funkytown Brewery
  • Coronado Brewing Co.
  • G’s Hard Ginger Beer
  • Vital Sign Nitro Hard Tea
  • Big Country Foods Inc.
  • RationALE Brewing

In addition to recognition, the winning brand also receives a Brewbound advertising package valued at $10,000 and free registration to Brewbound Live Winter 2022.

The Pitch Slam 13 champion will join an esteemed lineup of past winners including Lunar Hard Seltzer, Crowns & Hops, Willie’s Superbrew, Novo Brazil, Border X Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Company, among others.

Choosing the winner will be a panel of respected industry experts, including executives, brand owners and consultants. Throughout the semi-final and final rounds, the judges will also provide valuable feedback that could impact the trajectory of these young brands and help accelerate growth.

The judges include:
  • Ryan Lake, Director, Arlington Capital Advisors
  • Veronica Vega, Director of Product Development, Deschutes Brewery
  • Mallika Monteiro, EVP, Chief Growth, Strategy & Digital Officer, Constellation Brands
  • Laura Markstein, President, Markstein Sales Company
  • Sean Ro, Co-Founder, Lunar Hard Seltzer

For those who can’t make the trip to Santa Monica, the Pitch Slam competition and Brewbound Live event will be available via a free live stream on November 30 and December 1, starting at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

Joining these semi-finalists will be founders and leaders from New Belgium, Bell’s, Firestone Walker, Rhinegeist, Allagash, Stone, Two Robbers, Loverboy and JuneShine, among others. View the full list of registered companies.

If you plan on having business discussions with your peers in Santa Monica, you only have six days to register. Don’t miss your chance to discuss the future of the beer industry with peers and partners who can provide actionable business advice.

Supplier and service companies interested in sponsoring Brewbound Live should contact Bryce McDonald about opportunities. Please visit for additional information.

About Brewbound

Published by Inc., Brewbound is a leading multi-media industry trade publication providing comprehensive information about the beer category, analysis of industry trends and in-depth interviews with industry leaders. In addition to providing daily news coverage, Brewbound also gathers entrepreneurs and executives to exchange ideas, discuss the state of the industry and hear strategies for succeeding in the alcohol beverage industry via a series of nationwide meetups, multi-day business conferences, live-streamed shows and podcasts.

About Brewbound Live

Brewbound Live is a multi-day conference for serious brewing professionals who are interested in engaging in high-level business discussion while networking with emerging and established players alike. The program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and innovators who, through presentations and panel discussions, address trends, challenges and the future of the brewing industry.

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