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Poster

Presentation #1 Title

Motivations and Locavore Tendencies: A preliminary visitor study of Lexington, Kentucky craft breweries

Presentation #1 Abstract or Summary

The emergence of craft beer in recent years has contributed to increased participation in beer tourism. However, there is a dearth of literature on brewery visitors. A key first step in researching beer tourism is to obtain an initial understanding of who is visiting breweries and why. This may provide information to better market target audiences. This information provides valuable insight for Kentucky brewery management and operations. Although this research concentrates on one state, it may enhance experiences at breweries in other states, increasing initial and repeat visitation. This study hopes to bring forth more information similar to the visitor profile made by Plummer, Telfer, Hashimoto, and Summers (2005) and to help brewery managers to continue providing experiences that will gain repeat customers. Kentucky brewery patron’s motivations, likeliness to shop local, intent to visit breweries in the future, and sociodemographic variables that may provide insight related to these constructs were examined in this study. Four breweries were utilized as research sites with 345 of 353 brewery visitors, a response ratio of 97%, agreeing to participate. The researchers found that visiting a brewery was not the main reason a majority of visitors were traveling, preference for craft beer was higher than for national beer brands, respondents were predominantly white, and almost half of respondents had a bachelor’s degree. As the craft brewery industry considers the future, visitor profiles and motivations will help guide brewery management to target marketing efforts in ways that position the industry for growth and community impact.

At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #1

Joseph Berend is a graduate student currently seeking a Master’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration at Eastern Kentucky University. His research interests include outdoor recreation and beer tourism.

At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #2

Michael J. Bradley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Eastern Kentucky University. His research interests include natural resource and wildlife recreation management.

At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #3

James N. Maples is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work. His interests include regional economic impact studies, social change, and rock climbing in the Red River Gorge.

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Motivations and Locavore Tendencies: A preliminary visitor study of Lexington, Kentucky craft breweries

The emergence of craft beer in recent years has contributed to increased participation in beer tourism. However, there is a dearth of literature on brewery visitors. A key first step in researching beer tourism is to obtain an initial understanding of who is visiting breweries and why. This may provide information to better market target audiences. This information provides valuable insight for Kentucky brewery management and operations. Although this research concentrates on one state, it may enhance experiences at breweries in other states, increasing initial and repeat visitation. This study hopes to bring forth more information similar to the visitor profile made by Plummer, Telfer, Hashimoto, and Summers (2005) and to help brewery managers to continue providing experiences that will gain repeat customers. Kentucky brewery patron’s motivations, likeliness to shop local, intent to visit breweries in the future, and sociodemographic variables that may provide insight related to these constructs were examined in this study. Four breweries were utilized as research sites with 345 of 353 brewery visitors, a response ratio of 97%, agreeing to participate. The researchers found that visiting a brewery was not the main reason a majority of visitors were traveling, preference for craft beer was higher than for national beer brands, respondents were predominantly white, and almost half of respondents had a bachelor’s degree. As the craft brewery industry considers the future, visitor profiles and motivations will help guide brewery management to target marketing efforts in ways that position the industry for growth and community impact.