Who We Are

The Craft Beer Finance & Investment Conference and The Brewery Start-Ups Seminar are hosted by The Brewing & Distilling Network. The Brewing & Distilling Network was founded at the request of several industry members who recognized the need for a new approach to brewing & distilling events. The larger industry association and other organizations do a great job with the larger issues and lobbying, but we recognized the need for events that focus solely on niche topics that affect brewers and distillers on a daily basis. Examples include: navigating federal regulations, budgeting and planning, the grain & hops supply chain, permitting & reporting, oak barrel sourcing, labelling requirements, marketing, and more. The Brewing & Distilling Network is a member of the Brewer's Association. To learn more about what we do, visit www.brewdistill.com/about

Peter Cook

Founder & President

Pete comes to the brewing & distilling industry after over 10 years running successful events in the oil & gas, engineering, and inspection industries. Pete has been featured in the Denver Business Journal, Oil & Gas Journal and Convene Magazine, as well as on Univision and CNN.

Prior to dedicating himself full-time to conferences and events, Pete spent over twenty years in the residential/commercial inspection industry, helping to build a multi-million dollar organization, identifying and growing new service lines, and leading a national expansion program that acquired dozens of inspection, environmental and engineering firms in markets throughout the US.

Pete is former Vice President of the University of Dallas National Alumni Board and he served on the Board of Directors for the Men's Leadership Forum in Washington, DC. In addition to numerous other professional memberships and board positions held over the years, Pete currently serves on the Board of Policy Advisors for The Heartland Institute.

A graduate of the University of Dallas, Pete played on the men's basketball and soccer teams and served in Student Government. He currently lives on a farm near South Bend, Indiana with his wife and their seven children. When not planning conferences, chasing kids, reading, or renovating their 100+ year old farmhouse, Pete raises grass-fed cattle and is active in his parish and several charitable organizations.