Draught Beer Quality Summit

Brewers Association
Brewers Association

Event Details

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Event Type: BA Events
Add to Calendar 09-20-18 09-20-18 Denver/America Draught Beer Quality Summit Denver, CO MM/DD/YYYY true

Register now for the 8th Annual Draught Beer Quality Summit during the 2018 Great American Beer Festival®.

Developed by the BA Draught Beer Quality Subcommittee, the summit will benefit anyone in the beer industry with a stake in delivering high quality draught beer—whether you’re a brewer, retailer or distributor. This daylong workshop features industry-leading speakers, interactive seminars and demonstrations, and networking opportunities.



  • Brewers Association members: $115
  • Non-members: $175


Subject to change.

8:00 – 8:45 am | Registration / Coffee / Pastries
8:45 – 9:30 am | Opening Keynote – David Quain, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
9:40 – 10:40 am | Sensory Flavor Training: Identifying Draught Off-Flavors – Pat Fahey, Content Director, Cicerone Certification Program
10:50 – 11:50 am | Breakout Technical Sessions:

  • Glassware: Styles, Cleaning, and Service – Matt Meadows, New Belgium Brewing Co. and Rob Gerrity, Armadillo Insights
  • Biofilms in Draught Beer Lines: Besting the Bacteria in Beer – Darla Goeres, Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, and Jesse Miller, NSF International
  • Achieving Balance: The Relationship Between Carbonation and Flow Rate – Bridget Gauntner, Bell’s Brewery, and Neil Witte, Craft Quality Solutions
Noon – 1:00 pm | Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm | Breakout Technical Sessions:

  • Communicating the Importance of Draught Quality to Distributors, Retailers and Customers – Erik Budrakey, True Brew Magazine, Matt Laibson, Ballast Point Brewing Co., and David Munro, Bell’s Brewery
  • Draught System Cleaning: A Comprehensive “How To” of Line Cleaning Best Practices in Today’s Market – Jason Bowser, Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project, and Ben Geisthardt, New Glarus Brewing Co
  • System Design: Understanding and Optimizing Your Current or Future Draught System – Jeff Bell, MillerCoors
2:10 – 3:00 pm | Closing Keynote, Ernie Jimenez, retired, MillerCoors
3:00 – 4:00 pm | Networking and Q&A

Returning this Year! “Hands-On” open-house with Draught Beer Quality subcommittee members. Demonstration stations will be available to dive deeper into topics related to presentations and general draught beer best practices. 10:40 am – 2 pm

Staff Attending:

Damon Scott