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Attend a Beer Festival

2024 Michigan's Great Beer State Conference & Trade Show

Presented by Michigan Brewers Guild,
Michigan State University Extension and
Master Brewers Association of the Americas - District Michigan

January 10-12, 2024
Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Wings Event Center

This event is for those 21+. ID required.


  • Member Price: $345 full conference, until 11:59pm on 1/3/2024.
    (Late Registration Rate: $395). ​Includes:
    • Access to Trade Show (Wed.)
    • Sensory Evaluation Workshop (Wed.)
    • All conference sessions (Thurs. & Fri.)
    • Great Beer State reception dinner (Thurs.)
    • All other Conference meals (note: some meals on own, check schedule for details)
  • Non-Member Price: $395 full conference, until 11:59pm on 1/3/2024. (Late Registration Rate: $445). Includes all features outlined above.
  • 1 Discounted ($150) BREWERY Member Registration: Brewery Members receive one discounted conference registration as a benefit of MBG membership. To use this benefit, simply register for the "Discounted Member Registration" type by Jan 3. Discounted registration includes all features outlined above.
  • Group Discount: A 10% discount is available for 5 or more full paid conference registrations. Enter the discount code group24 at check-out.
  • Trade Show Only: $105 until 11:59pm on 1/3/2024. (Late Registration Rate: $130).
    • Includes access to the Trade Show on Wednesday, Jan. 10 only.
    • Does not include access to Conference sessions (1/11-12), meals, Great Beer State reception dinner and/or Sensory Evaluation.


Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, January 10

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Malt Sensory Evaluation
    • PRESENTERS: Kevin Payne - Bell's Brewery, Craig Taheny - Bell's Brewery
  • 12:30-1:15 pm - MBAA District Meeting
  • 1:00-6:00pm Trade Show at Wings Event Center
    • Transportation sponsored by Discover Kalamazoo
  • Chinook Cup Competition
  • 8:00-9:00pm Viewing of A Two Hearted Tale directed by Rory K. McHarg and Bret Miller
  • 9:00-11:00pm Katie Hardy with Six Feet Over - A relaxed conversation centered around the topic of suicide and mental health. Beer will be provided.
  • 9:00pm MBAA Bierstube Suite Opens
  • 9:00pm MBG Hospitality Suite Opens

Thursday, January 11

  • 9:00 am - MBG Annual Meeting
  • 9:00 am - Hop Growers of Michigan Meeting
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm - KEYNOTE – Charlie Bamforth, Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Noon - Lunch



  • Brewing: Processing Aids Beyond the Brewhouse
    • PRESENTER: Ashton Lewis - Brewer Supply Group (BSG)
  • Business: Creative Problem Solving in the Tap Room (Roundtable Discussion)
    • MODERATOR: Kris Spaulding - Brewery Vivant & Broad Leaf Brewing + Spirits
  • Hops: 2023 Season Recap - Hop Grower Panel
    • MODERATORS: Erin Lizotte - MSU Extension, Dr. Rob Sirrine - MSU Extension
    • PANEL: Rick Kawalski - Hop Head Farm, Jim Mikesell - Dog Star Hops, Rose Stahl - Mr. Wizard’s Hops, Brian Tennis - Hop Alliance
  • Barley: Malt Supply Issues? Taming Malt Quality Variability in the Brewhouse
    • PRESENTER: Vince Coonce - Malt, Beer and Food Process Engineer & Consultant


  • Brewing: Pushing New Possibilities - The How and Why Behind Genetically Engineered Yeast
    • PRESENTER: Laura Burns - Omega Yeast
  • Business: Bringing Beer to the People | A panel discussion around Self Distribution
    • MODERATOR: Fred Bueltmann - Red Horse Center for Collaborative Leadership
    • PRESENTERS: Kevin DeGrood - North Center Brewing, Jeff Knoblock - Trail Point Brewing, Jef Smith - Loaded Dice Brewery
  • Hops: Innovative Marketing to Improve the Sustainability of Your Hop Farm
    • PRESENTER: Josh Mayich - Island Hop Company
  • Barley: Winter Barley Agronomy and Disease Management in the Upper Midwest
    • PRESENTERS:  Jill Check - Michigan State University, Dr. Martin Chilvers - Michigan State University, Dr. Manni Singh - Michigan State University


  • Brewing: MiOSHA’s Heavy Hitters - Complying High Hazard High Consequence Regulations
    • PRESENTER: Dave Huizen - Grand Valley State University
  • Business: Promoting Your Small Brewery - Showcasing your Brand Online when you Don't have a Marketing Manager
    • PRESENTERS: Dave Cicotte - Batch Brewing Company
  • Hops: Hop Harvest Windows, Harvest Timing and Their Impacts on Aroma
    • PRESENTER: Alexandra Nowell - CLS Farms
  • Barley: Deep Roots - How Barley Variety, Malting and Brewing Process Drive Beer Flavor
    • PRESENTER: John Mallett


  • Brewing: Best Practices for Canning Beer for the Small Brewer
    • MODERATOR: Alec Mull - Bell’s Brewery
    • PANEL: Brian Confer - Stormcloud Brewing Company, Perry Dickerson - Bell’s Brewery, Josh Gordon - Odd Side Ales, Dr. Eric Samp - New Belgium Brewing Company
  • Business: Government Affairs
    • PANEL: Kristin Beltzer - Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Chair, Scott Breslin - Public Affairs Associates, Scott Newman-Bale - Short’s Brewing, David Ringler - Cedar Springs Brewing & Küsterer Brauhaus
  • Hops: Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Benefits to hop growers, brewers and the local economy
    • PRESENTER: Malissa Gatton - Yakima Valley Hops
  • Barley: Dispelling the Myths of Local Malt - Exploring the benefits and challenges of regional and local malt supply chains
    • PRESENTER: Zach Gaines - Proximity Malt


  • 6:30-7:30 pm - Great Beer State Happy Hour & Awards Presentation - Sponsored by Briess
    • Presentation of the Tom Burns Award, Michigan Beer Champion Award & Chinook Cup
  • 7:30-10 pm - Michigan's Great Beer State Dinner - Sponsored by Argent Tape & Label
  • 11:00pm MBAA Bierstube Suite Opens
  • 11:00pm MBG Hospitality Suite Opens
  • 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Red Horse Center for Collaborative Leadership


  • 8:00-9:00 am - Bloody Mary Bar Sponsored by Sandy Ridge Farms
  • 9:00-10:00 am GENERAL SESSION: SAFE SPACES - Keeping You and Your Business Safe - An All-Hazards Approach with Sgt. Andrew Bachmann | Western Michigan University



  • Brewing: Brewery Management Software - Necessity or Luxury? 
    • MODERATOR: Brian Confer - Stormcloud Brewing Company
    • PANEL: Andy Largent - Loco Boys, Michael Brower - Pigeon Hill Brewing, Brian Moran - Sister Lakes Brewing, David Manson - Blackrocks Brewery
  • Business: The Importance of Philanthropic Collaboration Beers in Modern Craft Brewing (DEI Panel)
    • PRESENTERS: Kim Collins - Guardian Brewing Company, Edwin Collazo - City Built Brewing, Linus De Paoli - 3 Gatos Brewing, Karen Forbes - Burzurk Brewing Co., Ciaran Leask - Brewery Vivant, Amy Martin - Stormcloud Brewing Company, Edward Stencel - Unexpected Craft Brewing
  • Hops: 2023 Michigan Hop Trends and HGM Specialty Crop Block Grant Update
    • PRESENTERS: Dr. Rob Sirrine - MSU Extension, Dianna Stampfler - Promote Michigan (representing Hop Growers of Michigan and Michigan Brewers Guild)
  • Barley: Michigan Malt Panel - Meet the Growers and Maltsters Driving Innovation and Quality in Local Malt
    • MODERATOR:  Dr. James Dedecker, MSU Extension
    • PANEL: Alison Babb - Empire Malting Co., Todd DeKryger - L & M Farms, Larry Judge - Mitten State Malt, Jeff Malkiewicz - Great Lakes Malting Co., Bill Terbrack - T3 Farms


  • Brewing: Foam - A visual, scientific and technical delight.
    • PRESENTER: Dr. Charlie Bamforth - Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Business: Running my business is getting in the way of making great beer!
    • PRESENTER: Brian Calley - Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)
  • Hops: Single Michigan Hop Beer Tasting & Evaluation
    • PRESENTER: Dr. Nicole Shriner - Michigan State University 
  • Barley: Supporting Adoption of Superior Spring Barley Varieties in Michigan
    • PRESENTERS: Dr. James DeDecker - MSU Extension, Christian Kapp, Esq. - Michigan State University-UPRE



A limited number of rooms are available at the Kalamazoo Radisson starting at $137 per night, plus fees and taxes. You must call the hotel directly at 269-343-3333 and reference Michigan Brewers Guild 2024. Self parking is $10 per night in the garage attached to the hotel (standard rates apply for valet parking). 


Now open for MBG Allied Members. If you are not currently a MBG Allied Member, but are interested in joining to participate in the Trade Show, you can find investment levels and contact information here: https://allied.mibeer.com/alliedmembers


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