Seminars

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Presentations from past Craft Brewers Conference seminars including brewery and brewpub operations, packaging, brewing ingredients sustainability and more.

Brewery Wastewater Basics

Confused about wastewater from your brewery and what to do with it? This talk will describe the situation from a municipal, environmental, and business owner perspective. The presentation will also cover design, equipment, layout, and …More

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Brewing Cycle Improvements to Increase Output

Brewers strive to reduce brewing cycle time and increase the number of quality brews per day. Graham will demonstrate how to identify pinch points in your brewing process and address them with process adjustments, equipment and process designs, automation, and calculating the return on their investment.

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Brewing History at the Smithsonian

The National Museum of American History has a new initiative, funded by the Brewers Association, to document the history of beer and brewing in America. Come meet the historian and learn about the work ahead. …More

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Budgeting and Managing Brewhouse Raw Materials

Outside of salaries, brewhouse materials are the most expensive cost associated with making beer. Recognizing the cost drivers in the brewhouse is important to having a complete understanding of your brewery’s profitability. This presentation will …More

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Building Your Brand in a New Market

Industry expert Andy Tysler will walk brewers through Deschutes Brewery’s process of opening a new market and growing its brands within that market.

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Creating Your Brewpub Experience

With the battle for tastebuds ever growing between brewpubs, tasting rooms, wineries, and distilleries, there are plenty of ways to make your brewpub shine above the competition. We’ll explore options and techniques to differentiate your …More

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Design & Safety Considerations for Grain Handling Systems

Designing efficient, safe, and scalable grain handling systems up front is critical to long-term success in craft brewing today. This includes determining incoming grain strategies (bulk, semi-bulk, bags), conveying types (screws, cable-disc, cable-chain, bucket elevator, …More

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Digital Marketing 101

Come learn the basics of marketing with email, social media (organic and paid), paid search (PPC), organic search (SEO), content, and video. Discover why that little device in your hand/pocket/purse is your friend and your …More

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Expanding Your Footprint: Do it Right the First Time

This session provides objective guidance through the process of expanding your current distribution footprint, from self-distribution to selecting a distributor network out of state. Learn how to make a good first impression on the new …More

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Exporting Your Beer to France

A discussion of the export opportunities in France for American breweries.

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Finding the Perfect Price: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

How did you establish the price of your beer? How about the price of that dessert? Could you charge more? Should you charge less? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, this session is for you. …More

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Government Affairs Update

This session will provide an update of the current federal legislative and regulatory issues small brewers are facing. Marc Sorini covers where we’re at and were we can go from here.

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Harnessing Brettanomyces for Flavor Development

Originally identified by New Carlsberg brewery in 1904 as “necessary for bringing English stock beers into proper condition, Brettanomyces yeasts are today best known for their devastating effects on wine quality. Recent growth in the …More

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How Dry Hopping Affects IBUs and Bitterness

Many craft brewers have noticed their IBUs go up after dry hopping, yet their beers taste less bitter than before. Dry hopping can cause a significant change in hop acid composition, resulting in higher IBUs …More

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How We Grew While Maintaining Our Culture

In this panel discussion, Scott Newman-Bale of Shorts Brewing Company, Brad Dahlhofer of B. Nektar Meadery, Dennis Kramer-Wine of Rhinegeist Brewery, and Adam Benner of Land Grant Brewing Company will be joined by moderator Joe …More

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Innovation in Sustainability

Craft brewers have a longstanding history of being innovative pioneers. This session will highlight some of the more interesting yet practical innovations currently happening within our industry. Speakers will share projects they have undertaken, the …More

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Is Distribution Right for You?

Does distribution make sense for your brewery? Come hear advice on selecting a distributor, setting up a contract, or even calling it quits on distribution.

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Its a Brave New World for Craft

The craft landscape has shifted dramatically: growth slowed, there are tons of tiny new entrants, and the largest players in the total beer business made numerous craft acquisitions. Between industry giants and thousands of hyperlocal …More

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Leading in Beer and Food Pairing

Join this essential seminar to hear the latest on beer and food pairing from the Beer & Food Working Group participants (American Society of Brewing Chemists, Brewers Association/CraftBeer.com, Cicerone, and Denver Museum of Nature & …More

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