The 3rd Annual Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition was held on Thursday, December 3rd at WeWork in New York City’s Financial District. The winner of the $10,000 business grant and a year of coaching with Samuel Adams was the New York based company, Chic-a-Peas, owned by David Levi and Darren Shlisky (shown above with Boston Beer Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch). Chic-a-Peas are a healthy, baked chic pea snack that come in a range of flavors including Sea Salt, Falafel, Sweet BBQ, and Fresh Salsa. The runner up of the Pitch Room Competition was Ryan Cahill, owner of Aveyo, an avocado mayo spread. As runner up, Ryan will receive 10 hours of business coaching with Samuel Adams. Other Pitch Room contestants included: Katie and Charlie Morgan of Right Bee Cider from Chicago, Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets in New York, Ray Berry and Mike Yates of White Lion Brewing Co. in Springfield, MA., Tommy Thekkekandam and Jenny Citineni of Tom and Jenny’s Candy (the winner of the online Wild Card pitch), Dana Stenzel of Stenzelberry in San Diego, and Laura Castillo of Felix’s Famous Cookies in Chicago. Congratulations to all of this year’s Pitch Room contestants on giving great pitches for their food or beverage businesses!