On Friday, May 20th at CSU’s Lory Student Center, the Master Brewer’s Association of America hosted a technical summit for brewers. A gathering of the most involved people in the industry spoke about recent innovations for the beer world. In total there were 8 speakers who took to the stage: Jeff DeVoy, technical sales for Heuft packaging (pronounced: hoyt), Dr. Paul Matthews, Senior Research Scientist at Hopsteiner, Dr. Bill Bauerie, Associate professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at CSU, Harmony Akers, of CSU, Attorney Mike Laszlo of Laszlo Law, Stephen Borutta and Andrew Mersch both of whom are active members in MillerCoors’ Brewing Development Program, and Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium’s Brewmaster.
Each speaker gave a presentation that delved into the extensive knowledge pertaining to his or her specific field. Topics covered ranged from packaging technologies, systems for hop crop improvement, hydroponic hop cultivation, extensive barley research, legal trends concerning breweries, brewery troubleshooting, and barrel inspection/maintenance. On the surface these topics can seem very dry, and somewhat boring, but in reality they are not. These are the things that come together to make your beer the best it can be. The future of beer lies with these people and people like them. They are the ones putting in untold amounts of energy and time, pushing the limits of what is possible with beer and what we know about it.
The Pint will be revisiting the topics covered on a deeper level as time moves forward, so be on the lookout for interviews and highlights with a few of the folks mentioned above.