California MBAA Technical Conference

Starts:  Jan 26, 2017 12:00 (PT)
Ends:  Jan 27, 2017 17:00 (PT)
Associated with  District Northern California

California MBAA Technical Conference

January 26-27, 2017

We're at it again. District Northern California and District Southern California are jointly planning the next technical conference. The scene is set in Paso Robles (Atascadero to be exact).  The last time the two districts planned a conference together was a success back in 2014. This won't be one to miss! 

The conference begins Thursday, January 26th. We will have an afternoon of technical presentations. Thursday evening Firestone Walker Brewing Co is hosting a dinner reception. Transportation from the hotel to/from Firestone Walker will be provided. Then, Friday, January 27th will be a full day of technical presentations. Lunch will be provided on Friday. 

Technical Program:

We have planned a great line-up of technical presenters.

  • "Salt in Beers" Katy Orr; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • "Brewing a Successfull Sustainability Program" Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • "The Art & Mystery of Malting and its Impact on Brewing" Mont Stuart, MillerCoors Brewing Co. 

  • "Rhymes with Broccoli: An Overview of Korean Makgeolli, Its Industry and Techniques" Daniel Lenaghan

  • "Electrical Safety in the Brewery" Brian Keith, ERM

  • "Water and Wastewater Implications on Brewery Growth in the West Coast" Todd Webster, PH.E., P.E., Envirogen Technologies, Inc. 

  • "Why Hop Science is so F-ing Complicated" Richard Ray, Rice Brantech

  • "Barrel Selection & Aging" Jim Crooks, Firestone-Walker Brewing Co Barrelworks

  • "Microscopic Beasts and How to Find Them: the fantastic world of beer spoiling organisms" Eric Jorgenson, Highland Brewing Co. 

  • "Kettle and Beer Finings and Colloidal Stability" Jamie Carmichael, Murphy and Son Limited

  • "PCR Detection of Beer Spoiling Bacteria" Kelly Maher, Stone Brewing Co.

  • "Integration of Metrics for Beer Packaging Lines: Definitions, Calculations, and the Nuances of Performance/ Efficiency Reality" Jaime Jurado, Abita Brewing Co.

Conference Itinerary:

Thursday, January 26

  • Registration: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Afternoon Technical Session: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Bus Transportation to Firestone-Walker: 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner & Beers at Firestone-Walker: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Bus Transportation returning to SpringHill Suites: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Beer Stube at SpringHill Suites open until 12:00 am

*There will be multiple buses transporting people between SpringHill Suites and Firestone-Walker.

Friday, January 27

  • Continental Breakfast: 7:00 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Technical Session: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Lunch (provided): 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Afternoon Technical Session: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Beer Stube at SpringHill Suites open until 12:00 am

**Please bring some of your brewery's beer to share with others at the Beer Stube. We love sharing a good beer!**

Registration Information:

Early-bird pricing extended until Dec. 21, 2016:      $87 members; $30 student: not available for nonmembers

Open Registration until Jan. 13, 2017:       $107 members; $30 student; $127 nonmembers

Late Registration until Jan. 23, 2017:       $127 members; $40 student; $157 nonmembers

Follow the link below to register individually. If your brewery plans to register multiple people, please contact Cheryl Kruchten (email: at MBAA National to assist with your registration.

Conference Location:

SpringHill Suites Atascadero, 900 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

There are a block of rooms reserved for the MBAA Conference. Click here to reserve your room with the MBAA Conference rate.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this conference possible.



Springhill Suites Paso Robles
900 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422