New Subcommittee to Provide Engineering Resources

The Brewers Association (BA) is pleased to announce the formation of the new engineering subcommittee. It will join the five other technical subcommittees working to fulfill the mission, priorities and goals of the technical committee.

The engineering subcommittee seeks to leverage the engineering skills and knowledge of its contributing members to benefit the craft brewing industry as a whole, and specifically, BA member breweries. In addition to developing resources to help members apply sound engineering practices to their operations, the subcommittee aims to be a resource for sharing engineering knowledge and expertise within the industry and a key player in supporting the priorities of the technical committee and the other technical subcommittees.

Brandon Smith, the chair of the new subcommittee, joined Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in 2013 and currently serves as engineering manager at the Chico, Cali. brewery. There, he oversees projects involving production and utility systems and infrastructure. Brandon is a chemical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, and worked as project engineer in the environmental and industrial wastewater business before starting a career in craft brewing with Alaskan Brewing Company in 2007.

“We expect that the engineering subcommittee will provide valuable insights and perspective to help guide the continued growth of the Craft Brewing sector.” John Mallett, technical committee chair, added, “The subcommittees’ collaborative approach to exploring areas of mutual interest demonstrates, in an essential way, the best of what the convivial community of craft is all about.”

If you are interested in the work of the engineering subcommittee, please contact Brandon Smith.