RMD Summer Meeting – CANCELLED

We regret to inform you that due to low interest, we are going to have to cancel our summer meeting originally held on September 7-8th in Cheyenne, WY. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For those of you who have registered, please email Tori Clark at tclark@scisoc.org so that you can receive your refund.

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-RMD Press Release – February 2017

On February 24th, 2017, the Rocky Mountain District held its winter meeting at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton, CO.

President Dana Johnson started the formal meeting with discussion of an upcoming event at Left Hand Brewing. He then went over the financials of the Rocky Mountain MBAA District, and encouraged members to apply for the available scholarship opportunities.

Dana then introduced Andrew Dagnan, from Breckenridge Brewery. Andrew presented on the safe handling of barrel aged beers. The topics included the safety issues associated with transportation, stacking, washing, and emptying of barrels. The overview of transportation included forklift use and management, manual handlers, and forklift attachments for moving single barrels. Andrew then went over proper storage of barrels including rack inspection, proper stacking, and earthquake protection. He concluded with pressure safety while emptying barrels, and an overview of PPE and best practices for chemical handing. Andrew then gave a few resources for further information, and received questions.

MBAA RMD Meeting February 2017 | Breckenridge Brewery

After Andrew’s presentation, Dana introduced Sean Doyle from DEWCO, Inc. who presented on CIP systems, and the benefits of automation. Sean went over automated CIP systems, and the advantages as far as reducing consumption, safety hazards, and human error. In addition to automation, he discussed the benefit of a recovery type vs. single use CIP system. He then broke down automated recovery systems into good, better, and best, which had varying degrees of automated control and system checks. Sean then opened the floor for questions.

Dana gave the closing remarks, and thanked Breckenridge for their hospitality.

The next district meeting will be the technical summit at CSU on Saturday, May 20th .


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

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!

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

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