MBAA-RMD Press Release August 2017

On Friday, August 18th Rio Bravo Brewing hosted the MBAA Rocky Mountain District Out of Towner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The meeting began with opening remarks by President Dana Jonson, and John Seabrooks of Rio Bravo Brewing. Dana then introduced John Gozigian from the New Mexico Brewers Guild, who spoke about craft brewing in New Mexico.

After John’s segment, Jake Capron from Proximity Malting was introduced. He spoke about flavor development during malting, and opened the floor to questions.

Dr. Kevin Lombard from New Mexico State University then spoke about the AMBA winter barley trials. After questions for Dr. Lombard were concluded, Dr. Lance Lusk was introduced. Dr. Lusk went over Sci-Tech for Improving shelf life. Dr Lusk was then followed by Amber Beye, who covered hop growing in Southern Colorado.

Amber was followed by John Seabrooks, who spoke about hop flavor in beer. Closing remarks were given afterward by John Seabrooks, and Dodie Doyle. The group then left Rio Bravo Brewing for lunch and tours at Boxing Bear. Lunch was followed by tasting and tours at Le Cumbre, and Marble Brewery.

The next MBAA Rocky Mountain District meeting will be held in November at Crazy Mountain Brewing in Denver.


Brynn Keenan
Publicity Chair
Master Brewers Association of the Americas – District Rocky Mountain
August, 2017

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MBAA-RMD Press Release – August 2015

On August 11, 2015, Rocky Mountain District held its fall meeting at Avery Brewing Company. The meeting started with social hour, tours of the new facility, and dinner.

Vice President Dana Johnson started the formal meeting with introducing John Bryce, the new Technical Director. John gave a brief presentation on “What can the MBAA do for you?”. The presentation gave a brief history on the MBAA, from its founding in 1887 to its focus on its values, especially being all-inclusive and welcoming of everyone that is interested. John then went on to describe the various resources and tools available online to members, including past technical quarterlies, webinars, and courses and scholarships that are offered through the program. John wrapped up his presentation with using social media as a tool to help reach more people in the brewing industry.

Dana then went on to introduce Dodie Doyle, Entertainment Chair, who talked on the upcoming out-of-towner and technical meeting in Steamboat Springs in October. Jeff Callaway, the Director of Industry Outreach for Colorado State University’s Fermentation Science and Technology program, spoke briefly on the program as well as spoke of a couple of job opportunities through the program. President John Kemp followed up with Jeff’s talk with reaffirming the MBAA-RMD’s commitment to CSU’s program with ongoing donations over the years to come. John then wrapped up the smaller presentations with thanking Avery for their hospitality.

Dana then introduced Andy “Hollywood” Parker, who presented on how to be successful with a barrel aging program. Andy is the Barrel Herder at Avery and heads their special projects. He helped start their barrel aging program 10 years ago, starting with 12 barrels of beer at a time. They started the program with 30 physical barrels, have grown to house 1100 currently, and are expecting to have close to 2500 by December. The two main points that Andy presented on were the importance of selecting the right equipment and establishing good quality practices. Andy went over various pieces of equipment for putting the beer into the barrels as well as de-barreling the beer and the pros-and-cons of each piece along with what the overall goal of each step is. With quality, Andy brought up the importance of tasting and checking barrels individually over time, with heavy emphasis on having multiple people tasting the barrels as everyone’s palette is different and can pick up different flavor characters at varying intensities.

Andy Parker (left) presenting to MBAA-RMD at Avery Brewing Company - August 11, 2015
Andy Parker (left) presenting to MBAA-RMD at Avery Brewing Company – August 11, 2015

After Andy’s presentation, Dan Driscol from Avery was lined up as the second speaker but the meeting had ran out of time so he will be presenting on a future date.
Dana then gave the closing remarks. He reminded everyone of the out-of-towner coming up and thanked Avery again for their hospitality.

The next district meeting will be held at MillerCoors Brewing in Golden, Colorado, in November.

Tony Rau
Publicity Chair
Master Brewers Association of the Americas – District Rocky Mountain
August 2015

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Head Brewer position in Denmark available

Attractive Head Brewer position offered at one of Denmark’s most ambitious craft breweries!

Ebeltoft GardbryggeriPeder Zacho Hansen, who owns and runs Ebeltoft Gårdbryggeri together with his wife, Helle, is extremely ambitious and has plans to move the brewery to the next level in terms of both capacity and technology, from the current manual 15 HL brewhouse and plethora of odd sized tanks producing about 1,500 HL per year to an automated 30 – 50 HL brewhouse with matching tanks. Also in terms of beer styles, Peder is keen to innovate, slowly moving the portfolio from the current range of relatively traditional styles into more unchartered waters including barrel aging, sour- and brettanomyces beers, Nordic Beer (beers based on the local terroir and ingredients).

But Peder desperately and urgently needs a qualified head brewer – preferably American – to relieve him of a significant part of the work load as well as to offer sparring on the development of the beers and the brewery. To that end I’ve offered to help by contacting my trusted friends and colleagues in the US and Canada – that’s you! – in the hope that you might know somebody with the right profile and an interest in spending a couple of years abroad in a position that will offer unique opportunities for professional and personal development.

Here are a few basic facts about the position offered:

Time Frame: The job is available here and now, so the sooner it can be filled, the better!
Peder is looking for a minimum employment period of one year (with a 3 month trial period), but these issues may be negotiated.

Profile of applicants: A minimum of 3 – 4 years work experience in a smaller craft brewery. Ability to work independently and take full responsibility for the entire brewing process, physically strong and healthy and willing to perform all brewery related tasks, including bottling, cleaning, housekeeping, etc.

Salary: According to qualifications. A typical salary for a Danish Head Brewer will be 4,000 to 5,000 $ US monthly (but taxes here in Denmark are crazy – count on 40 – 50 % in income tax on the salary). Full insurance coverage is included.

Working hours: The standard workweek is Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but a reasonable degree of flexibility is required on a ‘give and take’ basis, so compensation for overtime will be offered.

Accommodation: The brewery is situated in a rural area, 15 mins from the town of Ebeltoft, and the employer will assist in finding suitable accommodation, for which the rent is not covered by the conditions of employment.

For more information or if you are interested, please email Finn Knudsen

MBAA-RMD Press Release – February 2015

On February 2, 2015, Rocky Mountain District held its winter meeting at Fort Collins Brewery. The meeting started with social hour and food followed by an optional tour around the brewery.
Business announcements began with President Jonathan Kemp welcoming new members and introducing some of the new members to the e-board as well as some role changes to existing board members. The new treasurer, Carly Brown, went over our current state of finances. Ali Hamm, the secretary and head of memberships, proceeded to announce that our district now has over 300 members. Next, Katie Fromuth, Technical Co-chair – Quality Assurance, reminded members that if their workplace is interested in hosting a meeting to contact her, as the meeting place for August has yet to be determine. Katie then proceeded to introduce the first speaker.

MBAA RMD February 2015Thomas Barnett, the Operations Manager at Fort Collins Brewery, was the first speaker and went over the history of the brewery. The brewery opened in 2003 as a German lager producing facility at the location Funkwerks currently resides. In 2004, the brewery changed ownership, being purchased by Tom and Jan Peters and began to brew ales. In 2008 they started to plan the current location of the brewery and restaurant and moved to the location in 2010. Thomas went over the technology they had purchased along the way to help foster creativity as well as help increase the quality of beer, two important aspects to growing breweries. He concluded with touching on the barrel program they are launching and giving hints at what to look forward to.

The second presenter was Troy Casey, creator of Casey Brewing and Blending. Opening in 2013, Troy presented on what makes them unique as well as the importance of using local ingredients. The beers are 100% barrel fermented and the wort is supplied from another local brewery that uses Casey’s ingredients and instructions before being transported back to Casey Brewing and transferred into the oak. The ingredients Troy uses are very unique, as over 99% of the ingredients come from Colorado. He went on to talk about the pro’s (supporting local, typically organic, differentiation in the marker) and cons (small production size, variability in crops, more expensive at times). Tory believes Farmer’s markets are the easiest and typically best ways to find local ingredients as well as get to know the growers. With that, it can take some planning and communication to know what is coming up, but Colorado is a great source for most fruits: peaches, apricots, cherries, apples, pears, plums, and grapes. Brewing with local ingredients such as the fruit “isn’t easy or perfect but is worth it”. An added benefit of getting to know the growers and local sources is that if they currently do not have what you are looking for, they can be easier to talk to about getting what you need.

After the presentations were complete, Thomas (left) and Troy (right) were given MBAA engraved beer steins as gifts. Thanks to them both for insightful presentations!

The next district meeting will be held at the Fort Collins Anheuser-Busch facility on May 13th, 2015.

Tony Rau
Publicity Chair
Master Brewers Association

MBAA RMD & ASBC Wild West District Press Release – November 11, 2014

This year we had the pleasure of holding our MBAA-ASBC joint technical meeting at one of Denver’s newest brewery, Comrade Brewing Company. Opened this April, its name is inspired by the comradery in the craft brewing community. Owner and ‘Chairman’ David Lin gave a presentation to the group, recounting his woes and triumphs of opening a taproom-based brewery, including zoning issues, food trucks, pint price margins, and scented hand soap. David emphasized the importance of having a highly educated staff, especially after a 20% increase in sales following a GABF medal.

Our next speaker was Katy Benson of Miller Coors, who presented her graduate research from UC Davis on the metabolomics of hops and beer. Through NMR spectroscopy, she found that the metabolite profile of beer was primarily determined during fermentation. After dry-hopping, she saw an increase in amino acids, especially aspargine, that could provide free amino nitrogen (FAN) as yeast food. The most exciting finding was trigonelline; a new compound not previously found in beer. Trigonelline is an alkaloid found in fenugreek and coffee, and known to have anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties. The sole source of trigonelline in beer was from hops, with a 50% carryover rate. While many metabolites Katy measured in beer do not change sensory of the beer, they may have shelf life effects, and perhaps health effects.

There were significant changes to our Rocky Mountain District announced during our business section. Wyoming, Montana and Idaho have formed the new ‘Intermountain District’ in order to have meetings closer to home. Our RMD executive board went through significant changes with 6 new officers. We are proud to have so many members volunteer for positions!

MBAA District Rocky Mountain Press Release – February 2014

The Rocky Mountain District had the pleasure of holding our winter meeting on February 10th at Boulder, Colorado’s newest brewery: Sanitas Brewing Company.

Business announcements began with President Jonathan Kemp welcoming new members. Next, Entertainment Chair Tamar Banner announced the date change of the district Out-of-Towner in Saratoga, Wyoming to the 19-21 September 2014. Technical co-chair Jeff Biegert next reminded members to stay tuned for more details of our 2014 Technical Summit on May 7 at Colorado State University: look forward to a full-day event of oral and poster presentations, and chance to connect with colleagues and suppliers. Jeff then announced our district would provide an endowment to the new Colorado State University Fermentation Sciences undergraduate degree program, in the amount of $1000/year for the next 5 years. The program began in Fall 2013, and offers students a Bachelors of Science in Fermentation Sciences as part of CSU’s Food Science and Health Nutrition department. For more information, contact Jeff Callaway:

Next, the first speaker Michael Memsic, co-founder of Sanitas Brewing Company presented his talk titled: “Why us, and why now,” describing the history of Sanitas brewing. “First you need a team,” and Michael partnered with former Boulder Brewing Company co-worker Chris Coyne, and design expert Zach Nichols. In his presentation, Michael addressed his challenges of being just another new Colorado brewery: “Do we all fit on the shelf? Can we all live this dream?” His conclusion was that if the beer is good, and the craft brewing sector keeps growing as it has, then the answer is… yes!

Our keynote speaker was Joshua Cody, co-owner of Colorado Malting Company and 4th generation barley grower in the Alamosa Valley, CO, representing “the epitome of family-run business,” which pioneered the craft malting business in 2008, and is the only malthouse in the world that grows the barley they malt. The San Luis Valley in southeast Colorado at 7544ft elevation is an ideal place to grow malting barley, with cool temperatures and low humidity. The valley historically, and still is today, a major source of barley destined to Coors malting facility in Golden, CO.
Joshua presented the argument that local, malted barley is nothing new: “We are 100% local. This is not just a niche market; it is the future of business! Or rather the history.” With 5,000% growth in the last 5 years, the Cody family will soon be malting 30,000 lbs a week. They also offer custom malting!

Our meeting concluded with a gift of MBAA stainless engraved beer steins to both Michael and Joshua. Thank you for the great presentations!


Ali Hamm
MBAA Rocky Mountain District Secretary/Publicity Chair/Web Manager

MBAA-RMD Technical Summit 2014

For your planning purposes our MBAA-Rocky Mountain District will on May 7, 2014 offer a full day 2014 Technical Summit similar to our successful 2012 MBAA-RMD Technical Summit. It is a full day event held at Colorado State University with several technical oral and poster presentations and participation by many sponsors/suppliers that will be presenting their latest equipments, brewing supplies, materials. This is a real opportunity to meet and discuss technical issues with your colleagues and suppliers on a one-to-one basis.

We are in the midst of planning this event, so please keep an eye on updates as we will share them with you as we progress with the planning and program. Click here to view the program booklet we used in 2012, and we plan to follow that as a guide for 2014 Technical Summit.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Biegert and Finn Knudsen (re technical presentations), or Dana Johnson (sponsors)

Finn Knudsen
Technical Committee Co-Chair

Call for Papers 2014

Dear fellow members and friends of MBAA-RMD.

We are encouraging you to submit proposals for papers, posters, presentations and/or suggestions for topics for our meetings as per our 2014 calendar below. We do have speakers assigned for the meeting February 10, but need presentation proposals for many of our meetings with ref to our calendar.

At our Technical Summit May 7 at CSU, we are planning to have 7 presentations, and some selected MBAA/ASBC/EBC posters as selected by our members participating in the most recent National Convention, and participation with displays by our sponsors. We have already received a couple of suggestions.

At our OOT (Out-Of-Towner) meeting TBD, we plan to have 4-5 presentations on Saturday morning.

We ask you to soonest possible submit your proposals, which can be in any area of the brewing process from raw materials through packaging/warehousing and distribution. If you have a topic you would like to see addressed, we shall try to include it in the program. Your fellow members will appreciate you sharing your specific brewing experiences and/or industry knowledge. Please submit your proposal(s) to

The submission cut off dates are for the

  • Technical Summit, no later than March 28, 2014 and for
  • OOT no later than July 31, 2014

Please include the following information on one page

  • Author/Presenter, Contact information, Title, brief Abstract, and a brief CV.

Meeting dates and locations for 2014:

  • February 10: Sanitas Brewing Co., Boulder – Presenter selected
  • May 7: Technical Summit, CSU, Fort Collins
  • August 12: Odell Brewing Company Fort Collins
  • September 19-21: Technical Out-of-Towner – Wyoming
  • November 6: Joint meeting with ASBC Wild West chapter, MillerCoors Golden

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings, and we thank our hosts and sponsors for their continued support to our MBAA-RMD.

With kindest regards,

Finn and Jeff
Finn B. Knudsen and Jeff Biegert
Technical Co-Chairs MBAA-RMD