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California Association of Health Underwriters Responds to False Claims Made by Universal Single Payer Health Care Proponents

Posted: May 31, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on California Association of Health Underwriters Responds to False Claims Made by Universal Single Payer Health Care Proponents

Rick Coburn, president of the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) issued the following statement today regarding California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU)’s new research study on SB 562 (Lara/Atkins):

“The California State Senate estimates a universal single payer government-run health care system as outlined in SB 562 will cost $400 billion annually and will dismantle a system that provides coverage for 94 percent of Californians leading to rationing and barriers to access. Yet the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) continues to argue that The Healthy California legislation benefits all Californians. A universal single payer government-run health care system is not the desired approach nor supported by the vast majority of California residents. An April poll commissioned by CAHU found a supermajority of California voters (66 percent) opposes establishing a universal health care system when they know the actual cost.

The California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) is concerned about the following:

  • Senate Bill 562 proponents assume federal funding will cover 70 percent of the annual $400 billion cost estimate. California has no authority over federal programs and cannot assume the federal government will grant the necessary waivers. (Source: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/State-Innovation-Waivers/Section_1332_State_Innovation_Waivers-.html)
  • There is great disparity in tax burdens proposed by SB 562 proponents. California businesses will pay seven and a half times more ($106 billion) than those paying sales taxes ($14 billion) according to the CNA-purchased economic analysis. This will lead to far more Californians being unemployed, less tax revenue into state coffers, and more pressure on an already broken unemployment trust fund, that is also 100 percent supported by employer taxes. This proposal is one more cost pressure on California businesses and their ability to hire or expand.
  • By abolishing health care options delivered by private insurance companies, the single payer universal health care law would make nearly 18 percent of California’s workforce unemployed. The law would abolish all private health insurance in California, including Medicare, replacing it with a government-run monopoly on all health care services.
  • Nowhere in the bill’s language does it refer to lowering the cost of health care delivery. The existing public/private system already provides access to coverage and health care services for all. (Source: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). It is not possible for a health system to go from one where there is a doctor copay and a deductible plan to a plan with neither of them and with more covered benefits and not cost more.
  • SB 562’s Healthy California Director and Board is an unelected bureaucracy with limited accountability to the Legislature or public. There is no mechanism in place to remove an appointee. The appointees are political and selected by the Governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly Speaker. (See 100610 (a) & 100612 (a)). The nurses want a seat at the table and to be part of this “single point of political power.” (https://medium.com/@DavidGCrane/the-real-reason-behind-the-ca-single-payer-proposal-60adb14eb555)
  • Government-run health care systems struggle to provide timely care and the latest technology because health care funds must compete with other claims on government funds, such as education, welfare, water and transportation infrastructure. Citizens in countries with single-payer models often wait months to see a doctor or specialist or to receive much-needed medical treatment. These other country’s plans also permit private insurance and do not cover many benefits such as prescriptions, vision, dental, long-term care. (Source: The Senate Appropriations analysis 5/22/2017 notes at least 3 issues that will have to go to voters to overturn (Gann limit and Prop 98 and Prop 30 of 2012))

Single payer comes with an initial price tag of at least $400 billion per year, passed onto California businesses and citizens. This is not only a profound job killer – it places an immense new tax burden on hardworking individuals and families. With Covered California, the state can create a system that expands coverage to all Californians in a market-based approach. That is what California citizens want from their elected officials, not a government-run, government-dispensed health care system. We look forward to working with lawmakers on solutions that provide high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care for all Californians.”

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About California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU)

CAHU works closely with legislators and government agencies at both the state and federal level by educating our government leaders about the healthcare delivery system and the vital role of a professional agent as a consumer resource and advocate. We have been instrumental in protecting California consumers through a very dynamic grassroots network that includes organized events and lobbying, as well as in-district activities with our elected legislators. We also work diligently with Covered California to ensure the best possible outcomes for Californians, and their leadership frequently cites our input and impact. For more information go to www.cahu.org.

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Awards $180,000 Clinical Trial Innovation Prize

Posted: May 18, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Awards $180,000 Clinical Trial Innovation Prize

ALCF logoTwo winners will be awarded a total of $180,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) Clinical Trial Innovation Prize, an international crowdsourcing challenge seeking innovative ways to increase cancer patient enrollment in clinical trials.

“Using crowdsourcing, we tapped into a vast pool of people from varying backgrounds and expertise from all over the world,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a 13-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “The goal of the challenge is to produce breakthroughs that will double the patient accrual rate of clinical trials evaluating interventions in the diagnosis and treatment of all cancers. One of our winners is from New York, the other team is from Australia.”

The first and second prize winners were selected by a panel of judges with diverse sectors of the healthcare industry.

First Place: The panel awarded $100,000 to Samir Housri and Nadine Housri who developed theMednet, a social network for physicians, to share information about clinical trials to physicians in an engaging way.

“With 78 percent of patients saying their doctors are the most trusted source for information on clinical trials, but only 14 percent of doctors ever discussing trials with patients, improving physician awareness about trials on the Mednet.org could have the most impact on driving enrollment,” Housri said. “theMednet.org is a question and answer platform for doctors and a natural place to promote trials.”

Second Place: The other winners are Judith Trotman and Roslyn Ristuccia of Australia who developed the app ClinTrial Refer, which increases the cross-referral of patients between hospitals by enhancing doctors’ knowledge of current trials. The use of this app has increased trial recruitment by more than 50 percent. ClinTrial Refer enhances  communication among oncologists, trial units and potential patients.

“The ClinTrial Refer app allows networks of trial units to collaborate and contribute current listings about recruiting trials. The app is free to download and becomes the clinician’s best resource,” Trotman said. “The main barrier to improving recruitment is doctors knowing where and how to refer patients. Now they can look up current information within seconds, during a consultation visit. Patients can gather the knowledge they need for decisions on all available treatment options at www.clintrial.org.au.”

An estimated one in two men and one in three women in the United States will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, however only four percent of adult cancer patients enroll in clinical trials. Unfortunately, researchers will never complete more than 20 percent of these trials due to not enough patients enrolling into clinical trials, as many are unaware of the benefits a clinical trial may provide, or that a clinical trial might even be a treatment option.

“The unique aspect of this crowdsourcing challenge is that the ALCF mentored the applicants for six months while they were collecting data on whether their ideas did in fact change clinical trial patient accrual,” said Addario. “ALCF also provided applicants access to the resources they needed to test and implement their ideas.”

The first phase of the Clinical Trial Innovation Prize, or the Ideation phase, focused on innovators sharing creative and novel ideas on how to double the accrual rate of cancer clinical trials. More than 100 innovators and 14 teams participated in the challenge from all over the world, with submissions coming in from Israel, Nigeria, Germany, India, the United States and 13 other countries. The first and second prize winners were selected by a panel of judges with varying backgrounds in the healthcare industry.

Judges awarded these projects:

First Prize: Match Point: Matching Patients and Trials Via EHR,” submitted by Helynx, a start-up out of Caltech, UCLA and Harvard, and Dr. Jae Kim, a cardiothoracic surgeon at City of Hope. The trio created a unique system for automatically matching patients to the clinical trials for which they qualify using machine learning techniques to read patients’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to determine eligibility. The winning entry received $20,000.

Second Prize: Fast, Fun & Friendly: Build Trust Before Research,” submitted by Drs. Matt Gerber and Deanna Teoh of the Gynecologic Oncology Department at the University of Minneapolis, created an individualized Welcome App that details the arc of care a patient will receive as well a clear and succinct message about clinical research and its benefits. Gerber and Teoh’s idea won their team $5,000.

For more information about the Innovation Prize, please visit ALCF’s website.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. For more information about the ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

ABOUT HEROX
Founded in 2013, HeroX exists at the intersection of crowdsourcing, competition and collaboration. The HeroX crowdsourcing platform brings together global communities of problem solvers to deliver breakthrough solutions to social, economic, and strategic challenges.

Biocept, Addario Partner to Test Liquid Biopsy Tech in Lung Cancer

Posted: May 17, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Biocept, Addario Partner to Test Liquid Biopsy Tech in Lung Cancer

Date: 5/10/17ALCMI(4)justlogoOUT
Outlet: GenomeWeb
Author: Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biocept said today that it has partnered with the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) to evaluate the use of the company’s Target Selector liquid biopsy platform in a clinical study of lung cancer patients.

The Target Selector technology is designed to analyze both circulating tumor cell (CTC) and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) biomarkers from a blood sample. Under the terms of the deal, ALCMI and collaborating institutions will send samples from up to 400 lung cancer patients to Biocept, which will use the platform to detect and assess key biomarkers with the goal of demonstrating the concordance of liquid biopsy to solid tissue biopsies at de novo presentation.

This concordance will validate the use of a liquid biopsy sample when biopsy tissue is depleted or difficult to obtain for biomarker stratification, Biocept said. The trial also aims to validate the utility of monitoring key biomarkers in lung cancer patients with a liquid biopsy, enumerating CTC counts, and quantifying ctDNA mutations in order to illustrate drug response, predict treatment failure prior to progression observed with radiographic imaging, and identify resistance mutations.

The company said that the trial will distinguish between advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with squamous cell and non-squamous cell carcinoma, and will evaluate the clinical utility of liquid biopsy in additional patients with early-stage NSCLC and small cell lung cancer.

Patients will have four to six blood samples drawn over a 12-month period, yielding between 1,600 and 2,400 liquid biopsy data points. Data from the study are expected to be centralized in a large-scale database that will include uniform and complete patient demographic, pathology, and clinical information.

“We have targeted several highly important objectives for this trial that could have a profound impact on the treatment of patients with lung cancer,” Florida International University’s Luis Raez, a principal investigator for the study, said in a statement. “A better understanding of the role of serial blood-based molecular markers in making treatment decisions for lung cancer patients is critical, and may also lead to the development of novel targeted therapies.”

The deal with ALCMI is the latest in a series of collaborations Biocept has formed for the Target Selector platform, ncluding partnerships with Columbia University Medical Center, the University of Minnesota, and Catalyst Pharmaceuticals.

Read more from GenomeWeb here

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Posted: May 12, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

ALCF logoFor the third year in a row, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the organization the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“Our mission to make the world’s deadliest cancer a chronically-managed disease by the year 2023 requires constant fundraising and support for patient education programs, clinical research and physician education and training. It is crucial that our donors have confidence that we are using those funds appropriately,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a 13-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Charity Navigator only awards the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Last year, Charity Navigator influenced an estimated $10 billion in charitable gifts.

“The ALCF’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher,. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds ALCF to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the ALCF.”

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more people than the next three most frequent cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer. Eighty percent of those recently diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked, or quit decades ago. The inaccurate stigma that lung cancer is a “smokers” disease has led to disproportionately low funding for research and trials, as compared to other cancers.

Organization ratings and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about ALCF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, patients, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

CAHU Survey Finds Most Californians Oppose Single Payer

Posted: May 11, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on CAHU Survey Finds Most Californians Oppose Single Payer

Date: 5/10/17
Outlet: California Broker
Author: Victoria Alexander

A telephone survey commissioned by the California Association of Health Underwriters found that three out of four Californians were opposed to single payer health care once they were informed about the associated costs. The survey was conducted by J. Wallin Opinion Research on April 22 through April 26, 2017.

The survey found:

  • Eighty-one percent of Californians are satisfied with the timeliness, cost, quality, availability and accessibility of their current health care coverage with 42 percent of respondents saying they are “very satisfied.”
  • A supermajority (66 percent) opposes legislation establishing universal single payer universal health care with 44 percent strongly opposing the legislative proposal.

When learning about the facts about universal single payer health care, different age groups, demographics and ethnic backgrounds all share opposition to a government run system. “The single payer universal health care law would force Californians to hand over at least $179 billion in new state taxes to pay for a health care system run by the State of California. That translates to costing each California taxpayer $9,100 per year,” said CAHU President Richard Coburn. “This new policy would eliminate employer paid health coverage and shifts health costs to employees.”

Read more from California Broker here

Nehemiah Corp. Shuts Down Most Operations

Posted: Feb 22, 2017 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Nehemiah Corp. Shuts Down Most Operations

Date: 2/21/16
Outlet: Comstocks Magazine
Author: Allen Young

Nehemiah Corp., a social enterprise nonprofit that has spent two decades developing programs that help low-income people afford homes, is winding down most its operations, the company has announced.

The organization, based in Sacramento, will continue its prominent Emerging Leaders mentorship program, but will shutter its real estate and community lending businesses, including a flagship program that purchases distressed single-family homes, and fixes and resells the properties to low-to-moderate income buyers.

As the stock of foreclosed residential properties diminishes amid an improving national economy, Nehemiah has faced decreasing profits and decided in January to shut down its real estate business, said Chairman Scott Syphax.

“Given the decrease in foreclosures, it’s time to scale back that operation because the profit margins aren’t there,” Syphax said.

Syphax, who joined Nehemiah in 2001, stepped down this month as the organization’s CEO. He is continuing on as its chairman. Darrell Teat, the organization’s president (and Comstock’s editorial board member), assumed the title of acting CEO, but he plans to step down and depart the company after the real estate business closes this fall. The nonprofit has cut 15 of its 32 positions.

Syphax and Teat said in a joint interview that Nehemiah would continue to seek real estate and economic development ventures that fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of expanding homeownership and neighborhood improvement.

But the organization is closing a national community lending operation that invests in certain commercial building projects in low-income neighborhoods. In 2002, for example, Nehemiah invested nearly $1 million into Sacramento’s 40 Acres Project, an Oak Park development that now includes the Guild Theater and Underground Books.

Syphax emphasized that Nehemiah has survived several major overhauls since the nonprofit launched in 1997 and will remain poised for expansion as opportunities arise.

“We will do fine,” he said. “We have expanded and contracted based on the cyclical nature of business. In social enterprise, you scale up and scale back as opportunities open and recede.”

The nonprofit underwent a full makeover in 2008, for example, following a federal prohibition of its signature down-payment assistance program. At the time, federal officials argued that the program, which allowed first-time homebuyers to bypass residential down-payments by allowing sellers to “gift” that payment to Nehemiah, led to foreclosures, an assertion that Syphax and his team fiercely disputed.

The law left the organization scrambling to find new business. In 2011, Nehemiah switched its flagship operation to the current distressed asset program that relies on a steady stream of foreclosures. That program operated in 26 states last year.

Nehemiah is the former developer of Township Nine, a 65-acre multiuse project in the River District. In February 2016, First Capital Real Estate purchased a 92 percent interest in the project. Nehemiah retained a small stake in Township Nine and is assessing its options for that holding, said Teat.

Nominations are currently open for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders program, a prominent Sacramento leadership development course for young people of underrepresented backgrounds.

Teat said he planned to explore other professional opportunities following the closing of Nehemiah’s real estate programs this fall. He declined to elaborate on his personal plans.

The remaining business of Nehemiah “doesn’t need a top-management structure,” Teat said. “It allows me to look into the endeavors that I have always been interested in.”

Editor’s note: The piece has been updated to reflect that the sale of Township Nine occurred in February 2016.

TICKETS FOR CA CRAFT BEER SUMMIT NOW ON SALE

Posted: Apr 10, 2016 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on TICKETS FOR CA CRAFT BEER SUMMIT NOW ON SALE

Date: 4/10/16
Outlet Full Name: Phoenix Bites
Author: CCBA
http://phoenixbites.com/2016/04/10/ca-craft-beer-summit-tickets/

The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) today launched online ticket sales for its signature event, the California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival. The hands-on craft beer experience will take place in downtown Sacramento, September 8-10, and include educational events, receptions and the largest beer festival in the state, featuring 400 rare and specialty beers crafted by California breweries. The full schedule can be found online at California Craft Beer Summit.

“The Summit brings together top brewing talent in the state, scores of homebrewers, beer enthusiasts and industry professionals to taste and learn in a lively, experiential setting,” said Tom McCormick, CCBA’s executive director. “We’ve built on the success of last year and scheduled two days for industry networking and education, with everything from a job center to a distributor workshop, and one day focused on craft beer lovers and homebrewers, featuring coffee, food, judging and homebrewing techniques. We truly have something for everyone at the Summit.”

The 2016 California Craft Beer Summit and Beer Festival will include:
• Interactive experiences, including hands-on brewing techniques, ingredient -based displays and regional tastings
• Tailored educational sessions for beer lovers, homebrewers, and industry members, from how to start a career in craft beer, to how to build a beer list, to the history of the West Coast IPA
• Food and beer pairings and chef demos
• “Tap Talks’ with famed brewers and leaders in the craft beer industry
• A premier tasting experience for California craft beer at the Summit Beer Festival on the steps of the state Capitol
“This isn’t just a conference and it isn’t just a festival,” said McCormick. “The Summit connects every thread of the craft beer community and celebrates the passion and creativity that defines the industry. We are proud to highlight the success story of craft beer in California and the individual brewers, passionate craft beer lovers and innovative technologies that support it.”

The three-day event will culminate on Capitol Mall at the Summit Beer Festival, the largest California craft beer festival, featuring more than 150 small, large and specialty breweries from across California.

“We’re excited to come together as a community and participate in this premier event for craft beer in California,” said Patrick Rue, owner of The Bruery and member of the CCBA Board of Directors. “Last year the Summit brought thousands of loyal fans, homebrewers, and our California brewing family together to celebrate the art, technique and taste of beer. This year we are raising the bar. It’s exciting to see California strengthen its reputation as the place to go for craft beer across the nation.”

CCBA is offering a range of ticket options that include tickets to individual events such as the Summit Beer Festival ($45), single day Summit entry ($99) or full weekend packages ($219). For additional information on the Summit or to purchase tickets, visit California Craft Beer Summit. Early bird prices end June 30th.

California Craft Beer Summit Preview

Posted: Apr 6, 2016 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on California Craft Beer Summit Preview

Date: 4/6/16
Outlet Full Name: ABC 10
Author: Staff
Watch Video: http://www.abc10.com/life/people/california-craft-beer-summit-preview/122783896

2016 CCBA TICKETS ON SALE

Posted: Apr 5, 2016 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on 2016 CCBA TICKETS ON SALE

Date: 4/5/16
Outlet Full Name: LA Beer Fan
Author: Brian Holter
http://www.labeerfan.com/blog/2016/4/4/2016-ccbs-tickets-on-sale

good thing i lit up my blog again last night because i received two press releases today that i have been looking forward to for a while! if you didn’t already see the post from earlier, firestone walker’s new space in venice is just about to open. check it out.

for this post, it looks like the tickets for the 2016 california craft beer summit in sacramento went on sale today! if you don’t know what this event is give a good look at my friend kip’s blog bierkast for his setup and recap of last year’s event since my posts from last year are gone. life issues got in the way of me attending last year – but i plan on making it happen this fall!

ill do a breakdown of my own as we get closer to the event as well as a recap, but for now below is the official press release for the event along with the link to purchase tickets online!
cheers!

tickets for 2016 california craft beer summit and beer festival now on sale

2016 california craft beer summit and beer festival gives craft beer community three days of tastings, education and access to brewery legends

sacramento, calif. (april 4, 2016) – the california craft brewers association (ccba) today launched online ticket sales for its signature event, the california craft beer summit and beer festival. the hands-on craft beer experience will take place in downtown sacramento, september 8-10, and include educational events, receptions and the largest beer festival in the state, featuring 400 rare and specialty beers crafted by california breweries. the full schedule can be found here.

“the summit brings together top brewing talent in the state, scores of homebrewers, beer enthusiasts and industry professionals to taste and learn in a lively, experiential setting,” said tom mccormick, ccba’s executive director. “we’ve built on the success of last year and scheduled two days for industry networking and education, with everything from a job center to a distributor workshop, and one day focused on craft beer lovers and homebrewers, featuring coffee, food, judging and homebrewing techniques. we truly have something for everyone at the summit.”

the 2016 california craft beer summit and beer festival will include:
• interactive experiences, including hands-on brewing techniques, ingredient-based displays and regional tastings
• tailored educational sessions for beer lovers, homebrewers and industry members, from how to start a career in craft beer, to how to build a beer list, to the history of the west coast ipa
• food and beer pairings and chef demos
• “tap talks” with famed brewers and leaders in the craft beer industry
• a premier tasting experience for california craft beer at the summit beer festival on the steps of the state capitol

“this isn’t just a conference and it isn’t just a festival,” said mccormick. “the summit connects every thread of the craft beer community and celebrates the passion and creativity that defines the industry. we are proud to highlight the success story of craft beer in california and the individual brewers, passionate craft beer lovers and innovative technologies that support it.”

the three-day event will culminate on capitol mall at the summit beer festival, the largest california craft beer festival, featuring more than 150 small, large and specialty breweries from across california.

“we’re excited to come together as a community and participate in this premier event for craft beer in california,” said patrick rue, owner of the bruery and member of the ccba board of directors. “last year the summit brought thousands of loyal fans, homebrewers and our california brewing family together to celebrate the art, technique and taste of beer. this year we are raising the bar. it’s exciting to see california strengthen its reputation as the place to go for craft beer across the nation.”

ccba is offering a range of ticket options that include tickets to individual events such as the summit beer festival ($45), single day summit entry ($99) or full weekend packages ($219). for additional information on the summit or to purchase tickets, visit https://cacraftbeersummit.eventbrite.com. early bird prices end june 30.

about california craft brewers association
the california craft brewers association is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association protecting the political and legal rights of the california craft brewing industry. the association was formed in 1989 and is the oldest state craft brewers’ trade association in the country. to learn more about the craft beer industry in california, please follow california craft brewers association on instagram, twitter and facebook.

Tickets on Sale for California Craft Beer Summit

Posted: Apr 5, 2016 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Tickets on Sale for California Craft Beer Summit

Date: 4/5/16
Outlet Full Name: KFBK Online
Author: Kaitlin Lewis
Website Visitors Per Month: 153,047
http://kfbk.iheart.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/tickets-on-sale-for-california-craft-14570843/

Use your palate to take a tour of the Golden State, by taking a few gulps of some golden brew. Tickets for the California Craft Beer Summit are officially on sale.

Tom McCormick, executive director of California’s Craft Brewers Association said last year 4,000 people flocked to the Capitol. This year, he says nearly double that is expected.
“Craft beer is what Americans drink now. The market share for craft beer is tremendous, and continues to grow, and California is leading the way,” McCormick said.

The three day event includes tap talks, demos and food and beer pairings. People will also be able enjoy unlimited tastings from nearly 400 rare specialty beers from 150 California breweries.
And Rubicon Brewing Company owner Glynn Phillips says he cannot wait to show off some tasty drafts.

Phillips says they are snappy, they are hoppy, “Big malty beers. Scotch ales, amber ales, that type of stuff, will be a much more malt-forward, kind of heavy on your palate type beer.”
You can find tickets to the beer extravaganza here.