It’s time for another Stories and Beer Fireside Chat on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30pm Pacific (9:30 Eastern) at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.
Please join us in person at Impact HUB SF for our latest “Stories & Beer Fireside Chat” on Thursday, April 17th at 6:30pm when TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, will be chatting with Damien Fagan and Jesse Friedman of Almanac Brewery and Inna Volynskaya of Headlands Brewery.
In this chat, we’ll talk with beer entrepreneurs whose farm-to-bottle practices aim to revolutionize the big environmental impacts within the industry. Damien, Jesse, and Inna will share their entrepreneurial stories about what it’s like to compete with the big boys. The chat will be valuable to anyone interested engaged in changing an industry, or just interested in enjoying a responsibly produced beer.
6:30 – 7:00 – beers, grilled cheese, and networking
7:00 – 8:00 – fireside chat and Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 – networking
Damian’s passion for brewing was ignited in 1992, when he made his first batch of homebrew while attending Michigan State University. That batch didn’t turn out so well, but the experience of making something that wasn’t readily available in the marketplace stuck. He’s been brewing innovation ever since. Damian co-founded Almanac Beer Company in 2010 with a vision of bringing a unique farm-to-bottle approach to brewing. As CEO of Almanac Beer Company, Damian manages general business operations of the company including strategy, finance and general administration. He also brings his award-winning branding, marketing and visual design experience to bear as Almanac’s creative director, responsible for brand strategy and positioning, marketing communications and visual design. Prior to Almanac, he was Co-Founder of Fagan Welles LLC, a boutique food and beverage design and marketing agency in San Francisco. Damian has marketed iconic brands such as Johnny Walker, Buchanan’s Whiskey, Zacapa Rum, Perrier Water, Tropicana Juices and many more.
Jesse Friedman’s knowledge and passion for all things food and beer are both highly sought after and well documented. Since 2008, his culinary blog, BeerAndNosh.com, has attracted thousands of regular readers and has become a Bay Area institution—documenting the burgeoning craft beer and local food scenes in San Francisco. A deep working knowledge of the culinary arts and beer pairing expertise has made Friedman a sought after menu consultant—designing beer pairing menus for some of San Francisco’s top restaurants. As brewmaster and COO of Almanac Beer Company, Friedman is responsible for heading up beer production, sales and distribution as well as managing restaurant and retail relationships. He also develops each seasonal recipe, consulting with local farms and sourcing fruit for each release. Finally, he offers deep culinary expertise and credibility, working with chefs to create beer pairings and creating the culinary point of view for Almanac Beer Company.
Inna Volynskaya was born with a singular focus to make the world a more environmentally and socially just place. After years of activism and nonprofit work ranging in subject from urban forestry to reclaimed material art, she found her calling in food and beverage. Volynskaya spent the last decade working on issues of low-income community food access, farmer’s rights, and agriculture policy. She earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and moved into the private sector where has continued to work with companies aligned with her mission to grow food that’s healthy for farmers, consumers, and our environment. In 2013, she co-founded Headlands Brewing Company to leverage the popularity of craft beer in creating local grain markets and to have an excuse to drink her favorite beverage at work.