Brewing Summit 2018

Brewing Summit 2018It’s been a busy four years and we’re excited to see you all in sunny San Diego for Brewing Summit 2018! Master Brewers and ASBC join forces to bring you the most extensive lineup of leaders in the beer brewing industry. Discover all the latest insights and innovations — with engineering insights, new developments in quality procedures, recipes to try, technical sessions, networking events, and more.

Whether you’re currently working as a craft brewer or just starting out in your field, there are plenty of opportunities to advance your scope of technical knowledge at Brewing Summit 2018.

2018 MBAA-RMD Technical Summit

Registration is NOW OPEN for the MBAA-RMD Technical Summit
The Drake Center in Fort Collins, CO | Saturday, Math 19th (Parking at the Drake Center is plentiful)
Technical Talks: 8am to 4pm, Dinner: 5-8:30pm
Dinner: will be at Three Four Beer Co, 829 S Shields St #100, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Contact Linsey Cornish if you’d like to get your beer on tap!

Pre-Summit Social

There will be an informal pre-summit social at the Hop Grenade on Friday. Click here to download the program flyer


**This is a 21 and older event.**

Presentation topics include:

(topics subject to change)

Students who wish to present a poster, contact Katie Fromuth

  • Using Safety Data Sheets to Create a Safe Brewery Environment: What should we ask our chemical supplier?
    Dana Johnson & Tony McCrimmon, Birko Corp
  • Malting Sensory Analysis: Advances & Applications
    Lindsey Barr, New Belgium Brewing/DraughtLab
  • What Breweries Need to Know about FSMA
    Tamla Blunt, Colorado State University
  • D System Keg Valves-Safety & QA for your Draft Beer
    Jon Graber, Micro Matic
  • CO2-Free Deaeration of Water-A New Revolutionary Degassing Technology
    Stefan Meyering, Corosys Kellerworks
  • Sustainable Malting for a Dynamic Brewing Market
    Dale West, Proximity Malt
  • Diastaticus 101: Background & Detection Methods
    Mathew Peetz, Inland Island Yeast Co.
  • Panel: Overview of Small to Large QA Programs Across the Front Range
    Jon Cross-Call to Arms Brewing Co, Brynn Keenan-Left Hand Brewing Co

Early Registration prices until 4/19. Prices increase $15 after!

Early Registration (until 4/19)
Until 5/18

*full registration includes lunch and dinner


For beer donations, contact Ben Hockett


Click HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities

Liquid Arts Forum

For more information about the Liquid Arts Forum, click here

Register for MBAA-RMD November 14 Meeting

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Check-in, Announcements, Dinner and Presentations will be held at:
The Space Gallery
400 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Ph: (720) 904-1088

Social Hour will be held at:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204

Want a sneak peek of the program? Click here to download and check it out!

Click here to REGISTER TODAY

2017 MBAA-RMD Technical Summit

Join us for our MBAA-RMD Technical Summit 2017 on

Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:30am – 9:00pm

The meeting will be held at:
Lory Student Center
Colorado State University
1101 Center Ave Mall
Fort Collins, CO 80521

MBAA District Rocky Mountain Press Release – August 2014

For our Rocky Mountain District’s August meeting, we had the pleasure of being hosted by Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. Since our last meeting at Odell over a year ago, the company has undergone major expansions. The brewhouse expanded from a 50 barrel capacity to 100 barrels, along with 8 new 400 barrel outdoor conditioning tanks, including 7 fermenters and 1 bright tank. Also worth mentioning is their newly renovated indoor taproom and outdoor patio, complete with two bars, fire pit, and stage for live music.

With an attendance of approximately 150, members enjoyed Odell’s Matt Bailey’s “Brewhouse Expansion Considerations” presentation. Matt’s mantra throughout his talk rang “plan for growth!” More specifically, 15-20% growth, to keep up with demand for craft beer. Matt emphasized the value of learning from fellow craft brewing friends from (but not limited to) New Belgium, Left Hand, Brooklyn Brewing, Victory and Troegs, who have recently recovered from the growing pains of expanding brewing operations. In Matt’s words: “See [other brewery’s] installations and learn what is liked and not liked.”

Yet choosing a brewhouse is only a part of expanding a brewery’s capacity. Important considerations he presented ranged from level of automation to raw material receiving and storage, and perhaps most important, maintaining coworker involvement and morale during the entire process.

From a practical standpoint, Matt emphasized the importance of designing new buildings around future expansion. Odell Brewing has designed both roofs and floors for future additions of tanks, with crane access. Also, it is important to communicate to suppliers of hardware and raw materials alike on the specifics of your expansion, and to work with them to meet your needs.

Prior to Matt’s presentation, our district business meeting started off on a positive note with President Jon Kemp reporting that our district is financially well-off, and is looking to use excess funds towards scholarships. All members are encouraged to apply! Ali Hamm, PhD candidate at Colorado State University, accepted a $500 scholarship for her trip to MBAA National Conference in Austin, TX, where she gave an oral presentation.

Entertainment Chair Tamar Banner provided more details on our districts Out of Towner meeting September 19-21 in Saratoga, Wyoming, complete with 4 technical sessions, plenty of outdoor activities, and of course, the annual horseshoe tournament! More information and registration can be found at

Technical Director Co-chair Jeff Biegert next put out a call for members to apply for eBoard positions, including, but not limited to: Treasurer, Secretary, Technical chair, and Technical co-chair. Our district is forever grateful for the volunteer services the eBoard members have contributed (many for over 10 years!)

Our next Rocky Mountain District meeting will be the MBAA-ASBC Joint Meeting held this fall. The location and date will be announced soon on our website


Your Rocky Mountain District Secretary

Register for the 2014 MBAA-RMD Technical Summit

Join us for the 2014 MBAA-Rocky Mountain District Technical Summit on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:00am – 5:00pm. The meeting will be held at Drake Center, Colorado State University
802 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

Click here to register for the meeting

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