Saturday, January 14, 2017

Press Release: Third Annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Schedule Announced

Keynote speech to address economic impact of Ohio’s booming craft beer industry

CINCINNATI – The third annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies will take place Feb. 8-9, 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association, will deliver the keynote address on Feb. 8, discussing the economic impact of the growing Ohio craft beer industry. The two day conference will feature over 25 presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of industry topics. 50 Ohio Craft Brewers Association Allied member businesses will also hold a trade show at the convention center during the conference.

Member registrations for the two day event are available for $200 per person. Non-member registrations are also available for $250 per person. Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference, a flash drive featuring all conference presentations, admission to the trade show and post-conference events at OCBA member breweries in Cincinnati. Registration available online at

The Hyatt Regency Cincinnati adjacent to the Duke Energy Convention Center is the official hotel of the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Reservations can be made online at

The Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies is supported by Proforma Graphic Services, Brewers Professional Alliance, Frantz Ward Attorneys at Law, Reminger Attorneys at Law, Hunter Consulting Company, Ohio Beer Counsel, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Craft Connection Brewery Tours, BLEFA, Sprinkman Brewing Systems, Baker Tilly and System Plast.


Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

7:30 – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and registration

Trade show hours 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8:00 – 10:30 AM
Breakfast Beverage Bar sponsored by Proforma Graphic Services

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Main room: Welcome address with Mary MacDonald, OCBA Executive Director and Chris Alltmont, Fat Head’s Brewery, OCBA Board President
Keynote speaker: Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewers Association

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Main room: Franchise Law and the Impact of Recent Case Decisions with James Niehaus and Colleen Murnane of Frantz Ward
Fundamentals room: What’s the deal with commercial leases? With Adam Armstrong and Kevin Connell of Ohio Beer Counsel
Special topics room: R&D tax credits with Stephen Smith of Graydon Head and Kevin Begley of MCM CPA

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Main room: Panel Discussion: Building a Relationship with your Retailers with John Lane of Winking Lizard, Jason Milburn of Kroger and Todd Wiggs of Jungle Jim’s. Moderated by Adam Lane of MadTree Brewing.
Fundamentals room: Trademark Overview with Calder Mellino of The Mellino Law Firm
Special topics room: Brewing Strategically for a Small Brewpub with Chris Davison of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

12:00 – 1:00 PM TRADE SHOW TIME
Main room: Recruiting and Motivating Sales Reps for Independently Distributed Breweries with Nick Bowman of Warped Wing Brewing Company and Justin Carson of Platform Beer Co.

12:45 – 2:00 PM
Lunch in the Junior Ballroom

2:00 – 2:45 PM
Main room: Multiple Knock Out Brewing: Maintaining Consistency with Subsequent Brews with Eric Baumann of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Fundamentals room: Brewery Layout and Basic Overview of Applicable Codes with Brian Grafton of FMD Architects, Inc., Colin Vent of Seventh Son Brewing and Andy Tveekrem of Market Garden Brewery
Special topics room: Ohio Malts and Trends in Malts with Andrew Martahus of Haus Malts and Matt Cunningham of Rustic Brew Farm

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Main room: Panel Discussion: What do Distributors want from Their Brewery Partners. Moderated by Jacob Evans of the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio. Participants include Dale Cox of Premium Beverage Supply, Jason Edwards of Superior Beverage Group and Austin Philips of Southeast Beverage Company
Fundamentals room: Site Selection and Economic Incentives Available with Gary Horsfall of RSM US LLP
Special topics room: Conservation Goals and Energy Usage in Your Brewery with Kevin Ely of Wooly Pig Brew Farm (formerly with Uinta Brewing)

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Main room: Souring Organisms and Yeast with JT Rea of Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Fundamentals room: Demystifying Digital Advertising with Matt Moore of Great Lakes Publishing and Stephanie Cooper and Jackie Meddles of Scripps Digital
Special topics room: High Gravity Brewing Tips and Tricks with Tim Hawn of BrewDog USA

5:00  – 6:30 PM
Join us for Happy Hour in the Trade Show Room at Duke Energy sponsored by Graydon

6:30 – 8:30 PM
Shuttle available to the reception at Christian Moerlein Brewing Company with food, beer and music, including tours of the Kaufmann Cellars. Sponsored by Heidelberg Distributing and Ohio Beer Counsel

8:00 – 11:30 PM
Shuttle among downtown breweries provided by Craft Connection Brewery Tours

8:00 – 11:00 PM
North Row Brewery and Distillery tours and tasting in the former Christian Moerlein ice house (108 Henry Street, 45202)

8:00 – 12:00 AM
Ohio Rare at Taft’s Ale House featuring 9 rare beers by 9 Ohio breweries including The Brew Kettle, Fat Head’s, Great Lakes, Jackie O’s, Little Fish, Taft’s Ale House, Triple Digit, Willoughby Brewing Company and Yellow Springs Brewery. Sponsored by Festivals Unlimited and Madison Chemical.

8:30 – 10:30 PM
Rhinegeist FREE specialty food and beer pairing with Head Brewer/Quality Control Jim Matt and local chef and restauranteur Jimmy Cornwell including some rare and never released offerings from our sour, barrel and unique beer creationists including 2014 GABF silver medal winning Sherry Ink paired with meat and cheese mall plates at 8:45, 9:15 and 9:45. VIP tours on the ½ hour. Rhinegeist employees around for sharing.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

8:30 – 10:00 AM
Breakfast and registration

Trade show hours 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (3rd Floor Lobby)

9:00 – 10:00 AM Trade Show Time

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Main room: ODLC overview with Elaine Moore, Assistant Chief, Beer and Wine Division, Ohio Dept. of Commerce

11:00 –11:45 AM
Main room: Ohio Hops State of the Union, Sourcing and Trends with Frank Rogers of Full Circle Hops Farm and Dave Volkman of Ohio Hop Growers Guild
Fundamentals room: Quality Control in Canning with Terry Royse, Retired Expert in Canning and Seaming from Anheuser Busch, BJ Solomon of Buckeye Mobile Canning and Mike Raczynski, Double Seam Specialist of PackTech International
Special topics room: Panel discussion: Best in class and How to achieve it with Brady Duncan of MadTree Brewing, Jack McCraine of Baker Tilly, Greg Michalec of Heidelberg Distributing and moderated by Scott Ebert of Baker Tilly

12:00 – 1:00 PM TRADE SHOW TIME

12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch in the Junior Ballroom (Trade Show ends at 2:00 PM)

2:00 – 2:45 PM
Main room: OSHA Record Keeping & Creating a Culture of Safety with Cliff Gerbick of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Ryan Blevins of MadTree Brewing
Fundamentals room: Five Critical Quality Checks for Small Breweries with Trent Leslie of MadTree Brewing and Larry Horwitz of Four String Brewing Company
Special topics room: Starting a Barrel Program with Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Brewery and Sean White of Little Fish Brewing

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Main room: Production Planning for Small and Medium Sized Breweries with John Haggerty of Warped Wing Brewing Company and Matt Rowe of MadTree Brewing
Fundamentals room: Sanitation 101: Basic Plant and Environmental Sanitation with Gary Graf of Ecolab and Rudy Othmer of Enerco Corporation
Special topics room: Wastewater Solutions for Small to Medium Breweries with Mitch Long of Quasar Energy Group

For more information, please contact:
Justin Hemminger, Communications Manager
Ohio Craft Brewers Association

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