Join fellow CEOs for a fascinating look behind the scenes at one of Connecticut’s youngest (yet largest) craft breweries, Two Roads Brewing Co. Learn the “business of beer” from brewery CEO & Co-Founder Brad Hittle during our private, behind-the-scenes brewery tour and discussion about his leadership experiences in the beer industry. Afterward, mingle with CEO colleagues over delicious appetizers, and enjoy a sampling of Two Roads’ distinctive, award-winning craft brews. From stouts to Saisons, doppelbocks to Hefeweizens, and barleywines to pilsners, Master Brewer Phil Markowski crafts palate-pleasing styles for every taste. After your sampling, keep your own Two Roads Brewing Co. glass. This is a unique event you won't want to miss!
6:00 to 7:00 Brewery Tour & Talk
7:00 to 8:00 Mingling, Beer Sampling and Q&A
BIO - Brad Hittle, Founder & CEO of Two Roads Brewing Co.
Brad Hittle’s own road in life quickly took a detour onto the road less traveled when, after getting a college degree, he immediately decided that working on an offshore drilling ship in Southeast Asia would be a better way to launch into life. He later got his MBA at Kellogg and spent time in the corporate world at Johnson & Johnson and Unilever— but he quickly learned that beer was a lot more fun and interesting. Now, with more than 20 years experience in the beer industry, Brad has served in various marketing positions with Labatt USA and Interbrew, working directly with the Rolling Rock, Tecate, Dos Equis and Labatt Blue brands. Brad was appointed the chief marketing office for Pabst Brewing Co. in 2006, where he led the success of brands like PBR, Lone Star, and Primo, among others. Brad remained with Pabst until the company’s sale in 2010. Brad again took the road less travelled when he gave up the successful corporate ladder and took the inherently risky leap to launch a craft brewery start-up. In 2011, he co-founded Two Roads Brewing Company and currently serves as CEO.
About Two Roads Brewing Co.
Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 after acquiring and revitalizing a 100-year-old vacant, brick factory building (Baird Machinery factory). After investing almost $2.85 million to purchase the 103,652-square-foot, historic building, Two Roads then spent another $18 million to transform it into a state-of-the-art craft brewery. One of Connecticut’s newer breweries, Two Roads is also one of New England’s largest, with more than 400 outlets in Connecticut alone selling its bottles, cans, or servings from its keg. While most of its beer is sold off premises, the brewery’s handsome taproom, with seating for more than 200, regularly features products that can be bought only on-site. With their tasting room hours seven days a week, brewery tours, special events, and tie-ins with other groups around town, Two Roads is committed to being an active, revitalizing member of the local community.
Questions? Contact Cathy Curley.