Founder and CEO
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company was conceived on Tony’s kitchen stove in Lagunitas, CA and has grown today to become a globally distributed brand. The brewery, known for its iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles and descriptive packaging, was at the forefront of the craft beer movement through the mid-2000s, remaining one of the fastest-growing breweries in the United States. In May 2017, Lagunitas announced Heineken International’s acquisition of the brewery, helping expand the beer brand globally.
For much of his life, including the time he spent building his company into the international brand it is today, Tony has remained both a vocal proponent of the cannabis industry and an enthusiastic consumer. Lagunitas has brewed beers such as the Kronik, Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale and in August 2017, the company released SuperCritical Ale, a limited-edition beer infused with cannabis terpenes, finally marrying Tony’s passion for beer with his fondness for cannabis.
As an industry pioneer, Tony joins NCIA’s Seed to Sale Show® to discuss the similarities between the two rapidly expanding industries and to share the lessons he has learned over the last 25 years through scaling and operating his business in a highly-regulated industry.
“It’s an exciting moment for the cannabis industry right now. It strongly reminds me of when we were first getting started . . . it’s almost as if cannabis is where craft beer was some fifteen, twenty years ago. I’m very much looking forward to reminiscing on those years and to sharing my experiences, both good and bad, with other entrepreneurs,” remarks Tony.
Tony is scheduled to deliver his keynote speech, titled “A Glimpse into the Future: Lessons from 20 Years of Craft Brewing Give Traction to the Cannabis Industry” on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM at the conference.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM:
A Glimpse into the Future:
Lessons from 20 Years of Craft Brewing Give Traction to the Cannabis Industry