Missouri Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting & Joint Conference w/ Districts Great Plains & St. Louis

Starts:  Nov 9, 2023 09:00 (CT)
Ends:  Nov 10, 2023 16:00 (CT)
Associated with  District Great Plains

The MBAA District Great Plains, District St. Louis, and the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild will join forces to hold a joint conference in Springfield, Missouri Thursday Nov. 9 and Friday Nov. 10. From the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild Website Events page:




COUNTRY Financial presents the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild Annual Meeting & MBAA Joint Conference in Springfield. This year we partnered with both District Great Plains and District St. Louis of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) to bring more industry people together to learn, network, and share experiences. Together we put together two days of interesting and educational topics that will appeal to many different business models and brewery sizes. 

Join us for an opportunity to meet other brewers from not only across Missouri, but also our contiguous states. Learn from experts in the industry, and help shape the direction of both the Guild and MBAA moving forward. Preregistration is requested. Cost per person is $80 ($70 early bird) for MCBG or MBAA members, and $100 for non-members. Registration costs include all the sessions, food, beer, and entertainment. Deadline to register is Friday, November 3 by midnight. Register online here.

Meeting and conference will take place at Mother's Brewing Company215 S Grant Ave, Springfield, MO 65806.


  • 9 a.m. - Conference Check-in & Visit with Vendors


  • 9:45 a.m. - Guild Annual Meeting (for all Missouri Craft Brewers Guild members)


  • 10:45 a.m. - Break and Visit with Vendors


  • 11 a.m. - Topic to be announced


  • 12 p.m.  - Lunch & Vendor Introductions


  • 1 p.m. - Art of Draft: Unveiling the Science Behind Perfect Pours - Cody Hubertus, HubertusBier  
    Discover the intricate mechanics and science behind draught systems, unraveling the mysteries that ensure a flawless pour every time. Learn the importance of tailoring draught systems to your brewery's unique specifications, maximizing flavor, aroma, and consistency in each glass.


  • 2 p.m. - Starting or Expanding - A Guide for Everything from Contractors to Equipment - Jon Sprenger, Paul Mueller Company
    An opportunity to get answers to your questions about everything you need to know about starting or expanding your brewery. You will hear from our Sales Team, Engineer, Project Management and a New Paul Mueller customer that can share their growing pains and lessons learned.


  • 3 p.m. - Moderated Panel - Growing Pains & Lessons Learned
    Springboarding off of Paul Mueller Company’s presentation, hear from a group of Missouri brewery owners who have expanded their original brewery operation to either bigger production areas or second locations and the lessons they've learned along the way.


  • 4 p.m. - Working from Inside Out: Pipeline Development & Recruitment Strategies - Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Brewers Association
    “We would love to hire more diversity, but candidates from underrepresented groups just don’t apply for our jobs.” Sound familiar? Building a diverse workforce can seem like an insurmountable challenge when your pipeline for employment openings lacks a broad range of candidates. In this seminar, Dr. J will cover a variety of practical pipeline development strategies that will help your business successfully increase the breadth, depth, and diversity of its pool of qualified job applicants and leverage the benefits of doing so.


  • 5:30 p.m. - Happy Hour & Bottle Share
    Visit with our vendors at their display tables or hop over to your hotel to get checked-in for the evening. Meet back at Mother’s Brewing Company for dinner and networking. Grab some snacks and your beer to share - let the fun begin!


  • 6 p.m. Dinner, Drankin' & Diversion
    Enjoy a special treat from the Foxx Equipment team as they serve up a true Missouri BBQ meal prepared by none other than Rob Beckley. Sample some of the best beer made in Missouri through the evening at our beer bar sponsored by Malteurop. Enjoy playing games and good music courtesy of our entertainment sponsors, Wipfli.


  • 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar Sponsored by US Tape & Label.Enjoy coffee, a bite to eat, and some hair of the dog that bit ya. Visit with our vendors and get ready for Day 2!

  • 9:30 a.m. - Practical QC for Craft Brewers - Brendan McGinn, Zipline Brewing
    Join us for an informative presentation by Brendan McGinn, an experienced figure in the craft beer industry, as he delves into the world of practical brewery quality control (QC) procedures. Brendan, representing Zipline Brewing, a distinguished brewery renowned for its commitment to quality, will guide you through the essential steps and strategies that craft brewers can implement to ensure consistent and exceptional beer production.


  • 10:30 a.m. - Revolutionizing Brewing with Wireless Instrumentation Nick Erickson, AWC, Inc.
    An expert in the field of instrumentation and wireless/IT, Nick Erickson, with AWC, Inc., a leading provider of process automation and control solutions, will showcase how wireless instrumentation and technology can transform brewery operations and support sustainability efforts. ​


  • 11:30 a.m. - Brewing a Sustainable Future - Doug Neidigh, Missouri State University
    Explore the critical topic of sustainability within the craft brewery industry. Doug brings a wealth of engineering knowledge on sustainability practices and their application to the brewing sector including energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste management to name a few.


  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch & MBAA On-line Gems - Steve Bradt, Hopsteiner & MBAA District Great Plains President
    Grab a bite to eat and listen to updates from Steve on information available to Master Brewers Association of the Americas members on the newly updated website.


  • 1 p.m. Yeast Management for Small Brewers - Florian Kuplent, Urban Chestnut
    Join us for an illuminating presentation by Florian Kuplent, an esteemed figure in the Missouri craft brewing industry, as he demystifies the crucial aspect of yeast management tailored specifically for small brewers.


  • 2 p.m. - Moderated Panel - Crop Updates and Planning for 2024 and Beyond 
    Our industry may be in for an unpleasant surprise due to raw material shortages, quality changes, and/or price volatility related to the effect of climate change on brewing materials. This panel will be composed of representatives from BSG, Hopsteiner, Malteuropand Yakima Chief Hops. This panel will provide food for thought about what today's brewer may be doing to prepare for something unexpected tomorrow.


  • 3:45 p.m. - Closing remarks, Conference ends


Mothers Brewing Company
215 S Grant Ave
Springfield, MO 65806


Sherry Wohlgemuth