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Tuesday, November 3 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Elm Creek Brewing Company Happy Hour (Post-conference informal hour)

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Power down your day with Wade Carson, President/CEO of Elm Creek Brewing Company, as he hosts a post-conference, informal hour. Anyone can join. Relax and kick off your shoes or grab a beverage and join in. 

An introductory message from Wade
I started my first business Carlson McCain, Inc., in 1997 and have successfully guided it now for 23 years. Carlson McCain is a civil engineering, land surveying and environmental consulting firm comprised of 65 people. In October 2019, my eldest son was looking for a career change and I decided to help him out by starting a new business. We discussed the idea of opening a microbrewery in Champlin as we knew the community was looking for one. We incorporated Elm Creek Brewing Company in November and started in on the federal, state and local permitting process.

During January, I wrote a detailed business plan which detailed our operations, marketing strategy and financial projections. In March, my wife Laura got involved with the acquisition of the former Ruby Tuesday's building. We did not realize that shortly thereafter that the Governor would order restaurants, bars and breweries to be closed. We spend the balance of March through May remodeling the building, installing brewery equipment, and starting brewing operations once all of the final permits were received. We opened our doors on June 12th, two days after the governor reopened bars and breweries. Since we opened, we added additional patio space and brewing equipment to keep up with demand, but also provide a safe place for patrons to enjoy a beer during the pandemic. Our claim to fame is that we are likely the only brewery in the State of Minnesota, if not the entire country, to open during the pandemic!

Join me to learn how we started our business, how it has been affected by the pandemic, and our plans for the future. Feel free to ask questions about the business or anything else you'd like to know about the microbrews. I'm interested in hearing from the education community too!

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Use the same password as the conference.

Wade Carlson, President/CEO
Host: Jeff Miller, Ridgewater College

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Wade Carlson

CEO/President, Elm Creek Brewing Company
Elm Creek Brewing Co. was born from the twin loves of enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes of Minnesota, and the joy of sharing the delicious taste of a good brew. Our name comes from where we are located, and that is also where our business and sense of community will help protect... Read More →

Jeff Miller

Ridgewater College

Tuesday November 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST