Bottles, Brews & Buds Conference

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  • Date/Time
  • Location
    • Meydenbauer Center
      11100 NE 6th St
      Bellevue, WA 98004
    • Map
  • Credits
    • 8.00
  • Credit Type(s)
    • Specialized Knowledge and Applications (8.00)
  • Level
    • Overview
  • Fields of Study
    • Specialized Knowledge


Working in wine? Accounting for ale? Curious about cannabis? Let us help you craft your practice by demystifying the risks and rewards of these rapidly growing industries at this all-new conference! Customize your conference with three CPE tracks. Our nationally-renowned instructors will distill the latest updates into engaging sessions full of local flavor. Connect with other Northwest CPAs in your field. Register today and open your mind to bold new possibilities in accounting!

Welcome reception and bonus session scheduled the night prior (8/1) at the Bellevue Courtyard Marriott.

This joint conference is presented by the Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Society of CPAs.

Designed For

CPAs and other financial professionals involved or interested in the cannabis, wine, brewing, and distilling industries.


Attendees will leave the conference with new insights and an increased understanding of the issues and challenges for accounting in the wine, brewing, and cannabis industries.

Get practical tools and make the connections you need to start working in these industries. Learn about the vulnerabilities of each industry, and delve into legal, insurance, and licensing matters, plus fraud red flags. Look at the region’s economic factors that will affect these specific industries. Choose from wine, brewing, and cannabis tracks on banking, taxes, best practices, and more!

Advanced Prep

  • All registrations are being processed through the WSCPA
  • Digital PDF Manual – Free (included in the cost of your registration)
  • Look for an email from with instructions for downloading the digital PDF manual one business day prior to the event.
  • Outlets for charging electronic devices will be available through out the conference.

Click here to register - clicking here will take you away from the ISCPA website to the WSCPA website

Can't make it to the Bottles, Brews and Buds Conference, but still curious about cannabis? Join us for the "buds" track that will be webcasted for your convenience.

ISCPA Members - use code "BBBID" when checking out and save $100!


Pre-Conference Events & Details:

Kick Start the Conference on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the Bellevue Courtyard Marriott

Pre-Conference Bonus Session: Bellevue Courtyard Marriott, 4:30pm
Attend a 50 min. bonus session (1 Credit) – More information to come!

Welcome Reception: Bellevue Courtyard Marriott, 5:20pm-7:00pm
Take this opportunity to meet the other conference attendees, enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and sample some of Washington State’s excellent wines or beers.

Hotel Information
Spending a night or two? The Bottles, Brews & Buds Conference has a room block on hold at the Bellevue Courtyard Marriott located a short walk from the Meydenbauer Center. Call and mention Bottles, Brews & Buds Conference or book online here. Room block pricing is offered from March 1 until July 31, and is based on availability. Overnight parking is $18/night. Daytime event parking is complimentary. Bellevue Courtyard Marriott, 11010 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004. 425.454.5888.

Conference Breakout Sessions:

Start End Thursday, August 1, 2019-Courtyard Marriot Speaker/Panelists
4:00pm 4:30pm Pre-Conference Registration at the Bellevue Courtyard Marriott Hotel  
4:30pm 5:20pm  Pre-Conference Bonus Session (1 Credit)  A Sustainable Future: Environmental Management Accounting Burt Hamner
5:20pm 7:00pm Welcome Reception   
Start End Friday, August 2, 2019- Meydenbauer Speaker/Panelists
7:00am 8:00am Registration | materials distribution | continental breakfast  
8:00am 8:50am Regional Economic Update John Taponga-EconNW
9:00am 10:15am Concurrent Session 1A | Federal Alcohol Excise Taxes: State of the Industry Bethany Hatef- McDermott Will & Emery
9:00am 10:15am Concurrent Session 1B |The Highs of Taxation: Federal & State Cannabis Tax Update Greg White-WGN PS, Dean Guske, Tod Arkley, and Dani Espinda-Rhodes & Associates
10:30am 11:30am Concurrent Session 2A | Brewers Association Best Practices Manual: Cost of Goods Authoritative Guidance On Best Practices Maria Pearman-Radix Accounting
10:30am 11:30am Concurrent Session 2B | TBA (Wineries) Moss Adams- TBA
10:30am 11:30am Concurrent Session 2C | DOPE CFO: How the Cannabis Accountant Can Add Value to a Cannabis Company Andrew Hunzicker and Naomi Granger- Dope CFO
11:30am 12:20pm Lunch  
12:20pm 1:10pm Legal Liability Insurance & Licensing: The Fourth “B” … Don’t Get “Burned”! Ric Rosario-CAMICO
1:20pm 2:35pm Concurrent Session 3A | The Life of a Brewery, From Ideation to Opening, Expansion and Beyond Dan Christopherson- Christopherson Brew Law
1:20pm 2:35pm Concurrent Session 3B | State Excise Tax Compliance and Best Practices for Wineries David Hale- CLA &  TBA
1:20pm 2:35pm Concurrent Session 3C | Regulatory Compliance and Best Practices Panel for the Cannabis Industry Andrew Hunzicker-Dope CFO, Aric Van Zandt-Alvarez & Marsal, & Kelly Routt-OLCC
2:50pm 3:50pm Concurrent Session 4A | Craft Banking: Creative Options for Managing Growth and Navigating a Changing Financial Landscape Marcus Bowman-CLA
2:50pm 3:50pm Concurrent Session 4B | Winds of Change: Managing Cash Flow and Creating Contingency Plans for Small Wineries David Hale-CLA
2:50pm 3:50pm Concurrent Session 4C | Making Cents: Managing Cash Flow in the Cannabis Industry Amy Hunter-WA DFI, Myriam Powers-WA DFI, & Stacey Udell- HBK Valuation Group
4:00pm 5:00pm IRS Case Study Matt Thoresen-FBI Agent
5:00pm 6:30pm Networking Reception  


Click here to register - clicking here will take you away from the ISCPA website to the WSCPA website

Can't make it to the Bottles, Brews and Buds Conference, but still curious about cannabis? Join us for the "buds" track that will be webcasted for your convenience.

ISCPA Members - use code "BBBID" when checking out and save $100!

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