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The Business of Beer

November 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Business of Beer

Upstate Capital  is hosting The Business of Beer, an event to highlight what it takes to grow a multi-million dollar craft beer business in New York. This event will bring together members of the investment and business community from across the region to hear the Shmaltz Brewing Company story with its founder and CEO, Jeremy Cowan. He’ll have a conversation with a panel of advisors and capital providers on what’s needed to grow and scale his craft beer brewing company.

Shmaltz Brewing was founded in 1996 in Clifton Park, NY.  The business is a mix of branded products and contract brewing.  Shmaltz beers are distributed in over thirty-seven U.S. states, by 40 distributors and in 5,000 retailers across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. The founder, Jeremy, is looking to retire debt and fund growth of the branded product line to improve margins.  

At this event, capital providers and advisors will outline various options for financing the business.

Panel of​​​​ Industry Leaders

Rob Nichols
Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking at Key Bank

Todd Tidgewell
Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, a Nationally Ranked Leader in Middle Market Private Equity

Randy Bianchi
Managing Partner at Lakelet Capital, a private equity group, and President of Upstate Capital

Learn about Financing Growth

Hear about various ways to approach facilitating company growth and key metrics for decision-making from financing professionals

Network with Investors

Network with capital providers, professional advisors and founders and executives from across the state while learning about scaling a craft beer business

Get Free Beer!

Upstate Capital members are invited to tour the brewery, have a complimentary tasting and take home a 6-pack of beer



Registration + Networking

Join us for a drink and a bite to eat before the main event


Welcome Remarks + Program

Founder & CEO, Jeremy Cowan discusses the business with a panel of advisors



Enjoy conversations, food, beverages with members and guests


*Members Only*

Brewery tour + complimentary beer tasting


Registration is limited, so be sure to grab your spot!

Regular tickets are $75.00. Upstate Capital members pay $35, saving over 50%, and get a brewery tour, tasting, and free beer to take home.

Members - email Bailey (bailey@upstatecapital.org) for your membership code.


November 1, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Shmaltz Brewing Company
6 Fairchild Square
Clifton Park, NY 12065 United States
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