Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Press Release: Fifth Annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Schedule Announced

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies will take place Jan. 9-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. The two-day conference will feature presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of brewing industry topics. The conference trade show will be held in the adjoining Hyatt Regency ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and feature 100 Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) allied member businesses.

2019 will mark the first time that Columbus has hosted the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Previous host cities include Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Wooster. The 
Ohio Hop Growers Guild annual conference will be held concurrently at the Hyatt Regency, bringing local brewers and hop growers together for the betterment of both industries.

Dr. Tom Shellhammer, Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at 
Oregon State University, will deliver the first of the conference’s two keynote addresses, titled “Rethinking the Contributions of Hops to Beer Flavor” on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The following day, Dr. J. Nikol Jackson Beckham, Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association, will deliver the second keynote, “Fans, Hands, and Brands: Strategies and Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity in Craft Beer.”

“A big part of our mission is to empower independent breweries by giving them the training and tools to sustain their craft,” said OCBA executive director Mary MacDonald. “In the fifth year of this conference, we’ve been able to add an additional educational seminar track, grow the size of the trade show, and attract renowned brewing industry experts to cover critical topics. Brewers and industry professionals have embraced our conference as a place to collaborate, learn from each other and continue moving Ohio craft beer in a positive direction.”

Conference registration is available for $300 per person (discounts are available to OCBA brewery and allied members). Registration includes lunch on both days of the conference, a flash drive featuring all conference presentations, admission to the trade show and evening events at OCBA member breweries in and around Columbus. Registration available online at

The Hyatt Regency Columbus is also the official hotel of the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Reservations can be made online at

Up-to-date listings of seminars, receptions and evening activities, trade show exhibitors and more are available at

The Ohio Craft Brewers Conference presented by 
The Cincinnati Insurance Companies is supported by the Country Malt GroupFrantz Ward Attorneys at LawProforma Graphic ServicesBDIGrandstand Glassware and ApparelHunter Consulting CompanyMosaic Employee BenefitsOhio Beverage InsuranceOrigin MaltsSchaefer Container SystemsSprinkman Brewing SystemsSystem PlastTrench Drain Systems and TriPack


Ohio Craft Brewers Conference 2019 – Day 1
Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215)

7:30 – 9 a.m.: Breakfast and registration/badge pickup in Regency Ballroom Foyer

8 – 11 a.m.: Breakfast Beverage Bar

9 – 10 a.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Welcome address with Mary MacDonald, OCBA Executive Director and Collin Castore, Seventh Son Brewing, OCBA Board President
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tom Shellhammer, Professor of Fermentation Science, Oregon State UniversityRethinking the Contributions of Hops to Beer Flavor

10 – 10:45 a.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Partnering with a Wholesaler or Self-Distribution; What’s Right for Your Brewery? with Dennis Kramer-Wine, Rhinegeist, Brady Duncan, MadTree Brewing Company and Bobby Slattery, Fifty West Brewing Company
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Brand Building in Real Time: Sharing Your Story and Building a Brand Across Different Media Platforms with Devon Kelly and Marissa DeSantis, Great Lakes Brewing Company
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): TTB Confidential: Tips and Insights from an Agency Insider with James Niekamp, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP

11 – 11:45 a.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Creating a Learning Culture Around Beer with Mike Williams and Mike Buckley, Great Lakes Brewing Company
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Alternative Ways to Raise Start-Up Capital - Crowdfunding and Founders Clubs with Ali and Jon Hovan, HiHO Brewing Co.
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): Managing Your Barrels: Sourcing Growth on a Budget and Building it into an Award-Winning Program with Chris Davison, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company, Jason Brewer and Jared Lewinski, Listermann Brewing Company

12 – 2 p.m.: TRADE SHOW TIME (Regency Ballroom + Foyer)

12:45 – 2 p.m.: Lunch in Franklin Room

2 – 2:45 p.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Demystifying Sensory of Raw Materials with Rebecca Jennings, assisted by Sara Hagerty and Whitney Thompson, Origin Malts
Fundamentals Room (Madison): CIP (Clean in Place): How to Verify and Document Clean with Larry Reuter, Ecolab
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): What to Know When You Want to Make More than Beer with Adam Armstrong and Kevin Connell, Ohio Beer Counsel

3 – 3:45 p.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Data & Dashboards Deconstructed: Initiate an Actionable, Sustainable Strategy with Jack McCraine, Firm Director of Baker Tilly and Mike Gramins, Craft Brewery Sales Director of Boelter Beverage
Fundamentals Room (Madison): The Path to Success… Non-Brewing Water Use with Rudy Othmer and Gary Macmann, Enerco Corporation and Doug Beedy, Elevator Brewing Company
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): Centrifuge Applications for Breweries with Joakim Gustafsson, Alfa Laval Brewery Technology, John Haggerty, Warped Wing Brewing Company and Mark Hunger, Great Lakes Brewing Company

4 – 6:30 p.m.: Trade Show Time and Happy Hour in Regency Ballroom/Exhibit Hall


8:30 – 10 a.m.: Registration/badge pickup – County Foyer

10 – 10:45 a.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Keynote Speaker: Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Diversity Ambassador, Brewers AssociationFans, Hands, and Brands: Strategies and Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity in Craft Beer

11 – 11:45 a.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): How to Create, Organize and Run Unique and Large Scale Beer Events with Bobby Slattery and Max Fram, Fifty West Brewing Company
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Understanding Malt Analysis with Andrew Martahus, Haus Malts and Rebecca Jennings, Origin Malts
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): FSMA- How Does it Effect a Brewery? with Tatiana Lorca, Ph.D., Ecolab
Fermentation Room (Morrow): Diastaticus: Detection and Characterization with Nate Gibbon, Omega Yeast

12 – 12:45 p.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): Making Clean Barrel Aged Beers with Brad Clark, Director of Brewing Operations, Jackie O’s Brewery
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Human Resources 101 with Betty Bollas, Fibonacci Brewing Company
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): Pouring Profit: Maximizing Draught System Knowledge to Maximize Sales with Adam Pratt, MadTree Brewing and Matthew Bee, Micro-Matic
Fermentation Room (Morrow): Managing Employee Safety in Craft Brewery Operations with Keith Bullock, OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

12:45 – 2 p.m.: Lunch in Franklin Room

2 – 2:45 p.m.:
Main Room (Delaware): The Flavor Leadership Criteria for Beer and How to Measure it with Dr. Roy Desrochers, Tufts University (note: 2-hour presentation)
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Panel: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Opened a Brewery with Jimmy Stockwell, Little Fish Brewing, Collin Castore, Seventh Son Brewing and John Haggerty Warped Wing Brewing Company
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): All Trails Lead to Beer! Capturing Trail Town Tourism with Chris Hutson, Yellow Springs Brewery and Andrea Irland, National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
Fermentation Room (Morrow): What’s Trending in Hops Nationally and in Ohio? with Derek Thompson, OSHY Hops, Mike McCoy, Bolivar Brothers Farm & Hopyard and Roy Johnson, John I. Haas, Inc.

3 – 3:45 p.m.:
Fundamentals Room (Madison): Malt Wizarding 101 Panel with Sara Hagerty, Origin Malts
Special Topics Room (Fairfield): Sustainability Panel with Kevin Ely, Wooly Pig Farm Brewery, Austin Hietpas, MadTree Brewing, Jamie Sipps, HiHO Brewing Co., Vincent Valentino, Land-Grant Brewing, and Sean White, Little Fish Brewing
Fermentation Room (Morrow): Dry-Hop Creep: Understanding the Enzyme Potential of Hops and How it Can Impact Beer Quality with Victor Pool, Columbus Brewing Company
Founded in 2007, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association is a nonprofit guild that exists to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry. We aspire to be recognized as the industry leader at both state and national levels for preserving the art of making high-quality, unique craft beer; to serve as the unified voice for craft brewers across the state; to advocate on behalf of the Ohio craft beer industry; to contribute to systemic, local community development by driving economic and job growth, while creating experiences that bring people together; and to serve as a beacon for local production and manufacturing through craft beer, resulting in diverse choices for consumers.

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