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MARCH 9-12 | Albany Capital Center





2 Days - 40 Sessions (Stay tuned, Updates Coming Soon!)
Recorded sessions will be available for viewing afterwards on the New York State Brewers Association YouTube channel. [click to subscribe]

Wednesday Mar 9

Exhibitor Load-In

4:00 - 8:00PM
Registration Booth Open

7:00 - 10:00PM
Welcome Reception sponsored by Brew Recruit with Sam Calagione 
9:00 - 9:30AM |Conference Kick-Off
presented by Chris Ericson (NYSBA Board President), Paul Leone (NYSBA Executive Director)

9:30 - 10:15AM |Keynote Address
presented by Sam Calagione (Brewer / Owner, Dogfish Head & Boston Beer Company)
sponsored by Fisher Phillips

10:15 - 11:00AM |Exhibit Hall

11:00AM - 12:00PM |Session 1
  • ROOM 1A - Understanding the Difference between Profit and Cash Flow, What Drives Cash Flow, Cash Management Tips
    presented by Katherine VanBramer (Mengel Metzger Barr)
  • ROOM 1B - A Day in the Lab - Daily Tasks to Include in your Quality Control Program / True to Brand Sensory Panel
    presented by Amy Todd (Zymology Labs)

  • ROOM 2A - Discrimination and Harassment in The Beer Industry
    presenter TBA

  • ROOM 2B - Women in Beer
    presented by Pam Pradachith-Demler (Bound by Fate Brewing Co.), Erika Anderson (Unified Beer Works)

  • ROOM 2C - Yeast Manipulation for Increased Thiol Efficacy in NYS Hops presented by Stephanie Conn (HopTechnic), Geoff Wenzel (Industrial Arts), Mike McManus (Industrial Arts), Chris Holden (Hop Growers of New York)
12:00 - 1:00PM |Lunch / Exhibit Hall

1:00 - 2:00PM |Session 2
  • ROOM 1A - SLA Updates
    presented by Tom Donahue (Chairman, SLA), Vince Bradley, Sharif Kahbir
  • ROOM 1B - Next Gen Hop Aroma: A Focus on Survivable Hop Compounds
    presented by Andy Arsenault (Yakima Chief Hops)
  • ROOM 2A - How to Build a Brewery
    presented by Fred Nixon (Deutsche Beverage Technology)
  • ROOM 2B - Digital Solutions for Breweries: Hiring and Customer Communication presented by Melinda Aiken (Site-Seeker, Inc.)
  • ROOM 2C - TBA
2:00 - 3:00PM |Session 3
  • ROOM 1A - Integrating Sustainability into Your Brewery
    presented by Robyn Espejo (Marathon Energy)
  • ROOM 1B - Branding on a Budget
    presented by Brittany Statt (Rohrbach Brewing Company)
  • ROOM 2A - Building Key Support for your Brewery: Accounting, Legal, & Insurance presented by David Oksenhorn (Marcum LLP)
  • ROOM 2B - Cask Ale - Challenges & Successes
    presented by Bradley Gillette
  • ROOM 2C - TBA
3:00 - 4:00PM |Break / Exhibit Hall

4:00 - 5:00PM |Session 4
  • ROOM 1A - Wastewater Management
    presented by Alec Distler (Champlin Associates)
  • ROOM 1B - Negotiating Effective Distribution Agreements 
    presented by Charles Grieco (Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC)
  • ROOM 2A - Hard Seltzer
    presented by Douglass Miller (Cornell University)
  • ROOM 2B - Enhancing the Taproom Experience + Increasing Revenue
    presented by Mark Heuwetter (Six Harbors Brewing Company), Jim Nau (US Foods & EBC West), John Fischer (The Culinary Institute of America), Brittany Lacey (Arryved POS)
  • ROOM 2C - TBA
5:00 - 6:00PM |Pink Boots Society Meeting

9:00AM - 5:00PM Propagate Lab Hospitality Suite Open

Thursday Mar 10

9:00 - 9:15AM|Opening Announcements
presented by Paul Leone (NYSBA Executive Director)

9:15 - 9:30AM|Sponsor Presentation
presented by Deutsche Beverage Technology

9:30 - 10:15AM|Keynote Address
presented by Dr. J Jackson-Beckham (Equity & Inclusion Partner, Brewers Association)

10:15 - 11:00AM|Exhibit Hall
11:00AM - 12:00PM|Session 1
  • ROOM 1A - Working with the Media
    presented by John Holl (Author), Deanna Fox (Journalist)
  • ROOM 1B - Yeast Biotransformation - Bringing out the Thiols
    presented by Laura Burns (Omega Yeast)
  • ROOM 2A - The Technology Your Brewery Needs to Grow
    presenter Elizabeth Strickert (Ekos)
  • ROOM 2B - Running A Family Business
    presented by (TBA)
  • ROOM 2C - TBA

12:00 - 1:00PM|Lunch / Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:00PM|Session 2
  • ROOM 1A - Tax Credits
    presented by Katherine VanBramer (Mengel Metzger Barr)
  • ROOM 1B - How to Create Video Content for Your Brewery’s Social Media on a Budget presented by Morgan Culhane (Content on Draft)
  • ROOM 2A - TTB Bootcamp for Brewers
    presented by Janelle Christian (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)
  • ROOM 2B - TBA 
  • ROOM 2C - High Volume, Small Batch Production
    presented by Ryan Demler (Community Beer Works)

2:00 - 3:00PM|Session 3
  • ROOM 1A - Boiler Water Treatment
    presented by Mark Botsford (The Metro Group), Mike Gregoretti (Brewery Boiler Solutions)
  • ROOM 1B - Legal Action Plan to Address Workplace Harassment
    presented by Melissa Camire (Fisher Phillips)
  • ROOM 2A - Kreusen Little Thing Called Cash
    presented by Audra Gaiziunas (Brewed For Her Ledger)
  • ROOM 2B - Direct to Consumer Shipping Basics, Laws, Operations, Compliance presented by Ed Carino (AmeriCraftBier)
  • ROOM 2C - Bringing Music to Your Brewery; How to Save Money and Stay Legal presented by Dan Spears (BMI)

3:00 - 4:00PM|Break / Exhibit Hall
4:00 - 5:00PM|Session 4
  • ROOM 1A - The Importance of Building Community through a lens of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    presented by Brandon Espinosa (The Bronx Brewery)
  • ROOM 1B - NYS Funded Resources for Brewers / Business Plans & Bank Financing presented by Steve Melito (FuzeHub), Jim Nau (EBC West)
  • ROOM 2A - Brewing with Kveik
    presented by Billie Smith (Heritage Hill Brewery)
  • ROOM 2B - Simple Ways to Improve Beer Quality - Applying Lean Thinking to Quality Management
    presented by Paul Guarracini (Sager Beer Works)
  • ROOM 2C - Talk Saves Lives, Mental Health & Stress Management in the Workplace presented by Sandra Goldmeer (Area Director, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention)

6:30 - 7:30PM |NYS Craft Beer Competition Reception presented by Mengel, Metzger, Barr

7:30 - 9:00PM |NYS Craft Beer Competition Awards Ceremony

9:00AM - 5:00PM Propagate Lab Hospitality Suite Open

Friday Mar 11


Saturday Mar 12

8:00AM 12:00PM
Exhibitor Load-Out

Registration Open!

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