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Vail Symposium fireside chat to discuss economics of beer, Feb. 23

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The whole world loves beer, but underneath the sociability of the beverage is a serious business, as companies look for opportunities to win consumers and deliver for shareholders.

The industry has seen big changes as the biggest brewers look to expand across the globe and small brewers proliferate in cities around the world. What is driving the trends and how will the industry develop? What is in it for shareholders and what is in it for the consumers?

A Vail Symposium fireside-style chat between Stewart Glendinning and Richard Bard today at The Grand View room in Lionshead Village will explore a wide range of topics and economic drivers in the highly competitive and profitable beer industry. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and the discussion between Glendenning and Bard will start at 6 p.m.

"There seems to be a lot of change in the beer industry lately," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. "You can now be states away and find beer brewed right here in Eagle County. Some of the once-small breweries on the Front Range are selling all over the world."

Glendinning is the CEO of Molson Coors International. He is responsible for the company's business and operations across more than 50 countries. Prior to taking on this role, Glendinning was the global chief financial officer for Molson Coors, the CEO of Molson Coors U.K. and the CEO of Molson Coors Canada.

Bard serves as chairman and CEO of Bard Capital Group LLC and Western Air Charter Inc. Bard is also a co-founder of Bard Capital Group and Centennial Jet Partners LLC. He has been involved in the acquisition and operation of several private and publicly traded businesses over the past 30 years.

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"It will be interesting to hear how much small breweries are actually impacting large breweries, or how decisions made by large breweries might influence some of the scaling decisions made by microbreweries," Sabel said. "From homebrewers to the world's biggest operations, there will be a good deal to learn from this program."

If you go …

What: “The Economics of Beer,” a Vail Symposium event with Steward Glendinning and Richard Bard.

When: Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program.

Where: The Grand View, Lionshead Village.

Cost: $25 preregistration before 2 p.m. Thursday, $35 at the door; $10 students for and teachers.

More information: Register at http://www.vailsymposium.org.