Trainings & Workshops

The growing team of Brewers Association Ambassadors and Instructors travel the country and provide in-person instruction and consultation to BA members in their field of expertise. Learn more about each of their specialty areas and where they’ll be visiting below!

Due to budget budget reductions and health and safety considerations related to the global pandemic, the Brewers Association has paused its ambassador and instructor travel and training programs for 2020.


Matt Stinchfield

Safety Ambassador

Every brewery environment is unique. Establishing a sound safety program is an ongoing process that utilizes a vast array of resources and information. The Brewers Association provides resources and tools, including the free, online Brewery Safety Training to help you get started or improve your safety initiatives.


Matt Gacioch

Sustainability Ambassador

John Stier

Sustainability Mentor

Environmental stewardship is a top priority for both craft brewers and craft beer enthusiasts. Through the benchmarking work and sustainability manuals, the Brewers Association and the Sustainability Subcommittee encourages conscientious brewing practices that will ensure the long-term success of the craft beer industry.


Dr. J. Nikol Jackson Beckham

Diversity Ambassador

Cultivating diversity isn’t merely a feel-good effort; it is an increasingly important key to success in the craft beer community. The diversity best practices resources found below provide expert guidance to those businesses who wish to invest in diversity and inclusion, but may not know where to start.

Draught Quality

Neil Witte

Quality Ambassador

Matt Meadows

Draught Beer Quality Ambassador

The goal of the Brewers Association’s Draught Beer Quality Manual and resources is to help our members improve the quality of draught beer dispensed at retail. The draught quality ambassadors work to help spread the draught quality gospel to beer wholesalers and retailers, draught line cleaning services, and manufacturers of draught equipment and cleaning chemicals to preserve the great flavor and aroma of beer created by the brewer all the way to the customer’s glass.

Server Training

Tim Brady

Membership Ambassador

As an extension of the Beer Server Training Manual, Tim Brady, Membership Ambassador, travel to guild meetings and conferences reviewing the reasons training beer service staff is so important, as well as the concepts behind a successful training program. Both will be useful for all pubs, from those building a program from the ground up to those giving an existing program a facelift.

Basics of Beer Quality Workshop

Lauren Torres

Quality Instructor

Melissa Antone

Quality Trainer

Alan Windhausen

Quality Trainer

The Brewers Association (BA) Basics of Beer Quality–Hands-on Workshop, supports the vision of the BA quality subcommittee–to develop a membership that consistently produces beer of high quality.

The full-day workshop covers the fundamentals underlying some of the most common methods used to ensure consistency and quality in a craft brewery. With a hands-on approach, attendees will have the opportunity to use lab equipment and practice quality analysis methods.

See Preliminary Agenda