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2016 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference With MBAA District Michigan

Radisson Plaza, Kalamazoo

January 13-15, 2016

About the Event:

The Annual Winter Conference takes place each year in January and offers brewery personnel a high quality educational experience that is both local and affordable. This event is a collaborative effort between the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas-District Michigan.

The conference includes presentations by experienced professionals from within Michigan as well as from across the national craft beer community. Presentations cover relevant topics focused on the technical aspects of beer production as well as beer sales and marketing. Additional highlights are a Sensory Evaluation Workshop and a Great Beer State dinner reception featuring extraordinary presentations of beer and food.

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Winter Conference

More information about the 2016 Winter Conference is coming soon. In the meantime, information from last year's conference is provided below to give you an idea of what the event is like.

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2016 Trade Show:

Meet our supporters specializing in equipment, raw materials, supplies, and goods & services specific to the brewing industry. Many Allied Trade members offer special deals or discounts to Michigan Brewers Guild members.

If you are a supplier or industry vendor and would like to participate in the Trade Show, you can do so by joining the Guild as an Allied Trade member. Contact for more information.


Radisson Plaza Hotel will reserve a block of rooms at a special rate for conference attendees. More details coming soon.

Archive: 2015 Conference Details:

2015 Winter Conference Program 2015 Winter Conference Program (4151 KB)

    Wednesday, January 14 (Trade Show open 4:30-7pm)

    Noon-1pm  Festival Manager Certification presented by Scott Graham of the Michigan Brewers Guild

    1-2pm  Federal Regulatory Issues for Breweries presented by Art DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm

    2-3:30pm Sensory Evaluation Workshop presented by Ray Daniels of the Cicerone Certification Program and the Siebel Institute of Technology

    3:30-4:30pm Quality in the Brewery; What can happen if you lose focus presented by Fred Scheer of Krones, Inc.

    Quality in the Brewery - Fred Scheer Quality in the Brewery - Fred Scheer (2669 KB)

    4:30-6pm: Brewers Guild Annual Meeting & Election

    4:30-7pm Trade Show Open

    7:00-9:00pm: Beertails atop Boyne Highlands – Hilltop Happy hour

    Evening Social Time: Time to network over a beer, visit local breweries, have a card game, happy hours.


    Thursday, January 15 (Trade Show open Noon-3pm)

    9-10am: Breakfast

    10-11am: Executing on quality in your brewery and in your beer: A panel Discussion moderated by Alec Mull of Founders Brewing. Panelists: Dirk Loeffler of Loeffler Chemical Corporation, Emily Geiger of Craft Cultures Yeast Labs, Duncan Williams of Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., Dayton Coffey of New Holland Brewing Co. and Jared Vosler of Founders Brewing Co.

    2015 Winter Conference - Quality Routines presentation 2015 Winter Conference - Quality Routines presentation (1026 KB)

    Fermentation Control – Emily Geiger Fermentation Control – Emily Geiger (39283 KB)

    Quality Control Brewery Maintenance – Dirk Loeffler Quality Control Brewery Maintenance – Dirk Loeffler (2890 KB)

    Quality Control – Following a Barrel Aged Beer Quality Control – Following a Barrel Aged Beer (1890 KB)

    11am-Noon: Panel Discussion on Quality. Hour 2

    Noon- 1pm: Building a Quality Lab On Any Budget presented by Casey Bartman of Founders Brewing Co.

    Building Quality Labs - Casey Bartman Building Quality Labs - Casey Bartman (1047 KB)

    QC Calculations - Casey Bartman QC Calculations - Casey Bartman (299 KB)

    1-2pm: Lunch

    1-2:30pm Regional Guilds Gathering - Open to state guild representatives only

    2:30-3:30pm: Session 7 Rules and Regulations for Brewery Representatives presented by Spencer Nevins of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association

    Michigan Liquor Control Laws & Rules – Spencer Nevins Michigan Liquor Control Laws & Rules – Spencer Nevins (1177 KB)

    3:30-4:30pm: Liquor Control Update presented by Andy Deloney of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission

    4:30-5:30pm: Global Malt & Hop Update presented by Matt Letki of Canada Malting and Mike Sutton of SS Steiner

    5:30-7pm: MBAA Meeting

    7:30-10:30pm: Great Beer State Dinner

    2015 Winter Conference Menu 2015 Winter Conference Menu (1340 KB)


    Friday, January 16

    10-11:30am: Michigan hop and malt update: An open discussion on the developments in the local hop, barley and malting industries with industry professionals

    11:30am-12:30pm Lunch

    1:00-2:30pm: Government Affairs Roundtable: A discussion about events and public policy issues facing the brewing industry.

    3pm- ?: Beertails and Departure

Our mailing address: Michigan Brewers Guild • 225 W Washtenaw, Suite C • Lansing, MI 48933

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