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!

Safety

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.


2019 Ambassador Schedule

Organization Location Date
BA FREE Online Brewery Safety Training Online Any Time!
Oregon Brewers Guild Annual Meeting & Conference Portland, OR January 9
South Carolina Brewers Guild Conference Charleston, SC February 16
New York State Brewers Association Conference Albany, NY March 8
Craft Brewers Conference Denver, CO April 8-11
Utah Brewers Guild Meeting Salt Lake City, UT May 1
Brewers Association of Maryland Technical Summit Frederick, MD June 12
Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma Conference Oklahoma City, OK August 2-3
Brewers Guild of Alaska Juneau, AK September 20
New Hampshire Brewers Association Conference Henniker, NH November 1

If you are interested in inviting our Safety Ambassador to speak at your state guild gathering, please contact Brewers Association State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.

Sustainability

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.


2019 Ambassador & Mentor Schedule

Organization Location Date
Brewers of Kentucky Guild Covington, Ky. January 28
New Mexico Brewers Guild Albuquerque, N.M. March 29
Craft Brewers Conference Denver, Colo. April 8-11
Texas Craft Brewers Guild Conference San Marcos, Texas July 13
Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Conference Phoenix, Ariz. July 26
Brewers of Pennsylvania Symposium State College, Pa. September 6
California Craft Beer Summit Long Beach, Calif. September 13
Vermont Brewers Association Tech Con Burlington, Vt. October 18
North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild Conference Winston-Salem, N.C. November 5-8

If you are interested in inviting our Sustainability Ambassador or Sustainability Mentor to speak at your state guild gathering, please contact Brewers Association State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.

Diversity

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.


2019 Ambassador Schedule

Organization Location Date
Ohio Craft Brewers Association Annual Meeting Columbus, Ohio January 9
Massachusetts Brewers Guild Annual Meeting Braintree, Mass. January 28
Texas Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting Austin, Texas February 24
New England Brewers Guild Summit Portland, Maine March 1
Craft Brewers Conference Denver, Colo. April 8-11
Homebrew Con Providence, R.I. June 27-29
Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Conference Duluth, Minn. July 26
Florida Brewers Guild Conference Orlando, Fla. August 6
California Craft Beer Summit Long Beach, Calif. September 13

If you are interested in inviting our Diversity Ambassador to speak at your state guild gathering, please contact Brewers Association State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.

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.


2019 Ambassador & Mentor Schedule

Organization Location Date
International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association Annual Conference Orlando, Fla. March 1
Craft Beer Wholesaler Symposium Denver, Colo. April 10
Colorado State Fermentation Science Program Fort Collins, Colo. May 1
National Restaurant Association Show Chicago, Ill. May 20
Colorado State Hospitality Program Fort Collins, Colo. Fall – TBD
California Craft Beer Summit Long Beach, Calif. September 13

If you are interested in inviting our Draught Quality Ambassadors to speak at your event, please contact Brewers Association Technical Brewing Projects Coordinator Damon Scott.

Server Training

Tim Brady

Beer Server Training Manual Instructor

As an extension of the Beer Server Training Manual, Tim Brady, Beer Server Training Manual Instructor, 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.


2019 Instructor Schedule

Organization Location Date
Michigan Brewers Guild Annual Conference Kalamazoo, Mich. January 10
Brewers of Indiana Guild Indianapolis, Ind. March 11
Craft Brewers Conference Denver, Colo. April 8-10
Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Conference Richmond, Va. June 3
Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Conference Chicago, Ill. July 16
Iowa Brewers Guild i-BEST Conference Des Moines, Iowa November 1-2

If you are interested in inviting our Beer Server Training Manual Instructor to speak at your state guild gathering, please contact Brewers Association State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.

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

2019 Instructor & Trainer Schedule

Location City, State Date Registration Details
New Realm Brewing Co. Atlanta, Ga. March 1 Event Passed
Bauhaus Brew Labs Minneapolis, Minn. May 3 Event Passed
Bristol Brewing Colorado Springs, Colo. May 17 Event Passed
Wormtown Brewery Worcester, Mass. June 15 Event Passed
Montana State University Bozeman, Mont. July 15 Register Now
Flying Fish Brewing Co. Somerdale, N.J. August 23 Register Now
Ritual Brewing Co. Redlands, Calif. October 11 Learn More
Barrio Brewing Company Tucson, Ariz. November 9 Learn More

For more information about quality instructor workshops, please contact Brewers Association Technical Brewing Projects Coordinator Damon Scott.