Annual Midwest Craft Brewers Conference set for July 31-Aug. 1
July 13, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Stout will
host the third annual Midwest Craft Brewers Conference on Monday, July 31, and
Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Dave Engbers, president of
Founders Brewing Co., will present “The Founders Story” as closing
keynote on Tuesday afternoon. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Founders is highly recognized for its beer that "pushes the limits"
including All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout, KBS (Kentucky Bourbon Stout),
Centennial IPA and Harvest Ale.
Founded in 1997 by Engbers and
Mike Stevens, the company has become one of the top-ranked breweries in the
world and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Other presenters at the conference
represent August Schell Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Half Acre Beer Co., MKE
Brewing, Peace Tree Brewing, Dangerous Man Brewing, A Perfect Pint, Barley
John's Brewing, Central Waters Brewing, 45th Parallel Distillery, Modicum Brewing and
businesses that serve and supply the craft beer industry.
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing
Board; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; and
UW-Extension also will share business insight and expertise.
"We've brought together the
masters of brewing, the elite brewers who have exceptional knowledge of the
industry and partnerships that are so important to creating new possibilities,
collaborations and out-of-the-box thinking," said conference
organizer Anna McCabe, of UW-Stout’s Professional Education Programs and
Services. "It's our goal to support and advance Midwest brewing, to
help Midwest brewers network and help make these partnerships
To that end, conference sessions
will cover brewery/distillery partnerships, exporting, flavorings,
microbiology, hop health, software systems, contaminants, quality control,
financing, regulations, trademark law and other topics.
Sponsored by Amoretti and
ChemStation of Wisconsin, the event also features a bacon brew competition and
socials hosted by Oaklawn Inn, Lucette Brewing and Real Deal Brewing/Raw
Deal, all in Menomonie.
A preconference workshop for
start-up breweries and distilleries is new this year along with expanded
brewery tours on two routes. The Wisconsin route will offer tours
of Oliphant Brewing in Somerset, Barley John's Brewing in New Richmond and
45th Parallel Distillery, also in New Richmond. The Minnesota route
will provide behind-the-scenes looks at the brewing processes of Bad
Weather Brewery and Flat Earth Brewing in St. Paul and Bent Brewstillery in
To learn more and register
for the conference, at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center, visit the website or
contact McCabe, 715-232-2793.
UW-Stout Professional Education
Programs and Services, a division of the Discovery Center, supports the mission
of the university by providing adult learners with access to university
education and resources for the enrichment of their lives, both personally and
professionally. The organization provides programs relevant to the changing
needs of business, industry, educators and the greater community. Each year,
participants in the offered programs advance their careers, enrich their lives
and have a positive impact on others.
at the 2016 Midwest Craft Brewers Conference at UW-Stout consider sensory
quality control at a breakout session.