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Dec. 11

Sierra Nevada's Dr. Charlie Bamforth to Keynote 2024 Michigan's Great Beer State Conference

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, returns to Kalamazoo January 10-12, 2024. The Trade Show will be held at the Wings Event Center from 1-6pm on Wednesday, with the Conference running Thursday and Friday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Dr. Charlie Bamforth from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will present his Keynote on Thursday at 11am.

The world of beer is very different now from when Charlie joined it in 1978. That was the year that President Carter signed the legislation to make homebrewing legal at the federal level. It was a year before Margaret Thatcher took the Prime Minister position in the UK, during which era she would introduce the legislation that radically transformed the British brewing industry.  It was before genetically-modified yeasts and hazy beer, most of the globalization of the industry and the remarkable growth of “craft” brewing. How was this and much more witnessed through the eyes (and in some cases actions) of one member of the brewing community operating from a research, QA and academic perspective and is there any reality in trying to crystal ball the future?

Throughout the Conference, 24 breakout sessions in four tracks -- Brewing, Business, Hops and Barley -- will be presented including Charlie's session "Foam - A visual, scientific and technical delight" Friday morning at 11:30am. 

Charlie has been part of the brewing industry since 1978. Formerly with the Brewing Research Foundation and Bass in the UK, he was lead professor of brewing at UC Davis for 20 years from 1999. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UC Davis and Honorary Professor with the University of Nottingham in England. Charlie is Senior Quality Advisor to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. He is the author of numerous articles, papers, and books on beer and is past President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the industry and has featured extensively in the media. He has also written for almost 40 years on football (soccer).

The complete conference schedule, including the list of other speakers, is available online: 2024 Michigan's Great Beer State Conference Schedule. Registration rates start at $345 for MBG Members ($395 for non-members).

Limited spaces are still available for Trade Show exhibitors and Sponsors.



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