Draught Beer Quality Workshop: Demystifying Dispense Gas

Craft Brewers Conference 2022
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Speakers: Jaime Jurado, Ken Smith

The Draught Beer Quality Workshop is a collaboration of draught quality related seminars conducted by members of the Brewers Association Draught Beer Quality Subcommittee. The intention of this workshop is to provide education for brewers, retailers, distributors, line cleaners, and draught installation companies on best practices for draught beer.

Sessions in this workshop are broken into two tracks: “Essential” and “Elective.” Essential seminars contain content essential for draught systems at every bar, restaurant, or brewpub. Elective seminars have either more specialized or advanced content.

Essential Sessions

  • Line Cleaning and Safety
  • Draught Beer Sensory
  • Equipment and Troubleshooting

Elective Sessions

  • Nitro Beer Dispense
  • Dispense Gas Mechanics and System Balance
  • Serving Cask Beer

About the Speakers

Jaime Jurado

Jaime Jurado, Acting Chief Operating Officer

Alamo Beer Co., LLC

Jaime Jurado is a management and technical consultant with degrees in chemical and electrical engineering and two and a half years of postgraduate research in medical engineering at Oxford University. He studied brewing formally in Bavaria in 1983. Jaime served as President of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and as Chair of a large section of the American Chemical Society. His work on draught dispense and his publications focused on draught dispense has traversed his career, when he served in roles such as brewery engineer, master brewer, director of brewing, production operations, and vice president across his career.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith, Product Education Team

The Boston Beer Company

Ken Smith has been with The Boston Beer Company (BBC) for 26 years, has 36 years' industry experience, and is responsible for teaching everything "beer." He was the second person with Boston Beer to achieve Certified Cicerone®  (there are currently 117 Certified Cicerones® working for BBC!) He is also a BJCP beer judge and an award-winning homebrewer. He has occupied a number of sales positions from district manager to region manager engaging in sales planning and execution. Most recently he was the Director of Training and taught classes on selling and negotiating skills, presentation skills, people development, and wholesaler interaction. Ken loves his job!

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