Montana Brewers Association

Montana Brewers Conference 2021


Thank you to our sponsors!

Tour Sponsors

Gallatin Valley Malt


Montana Craft Malt

Gold Sponsors

ABS Commercial

First West

Glacier Hops Ranch

Montana Brewery Shop

Montana Press

Silverman Law


Silver Sponsors

Anderson Forklift

Northwest Pump

Bronze Sponsors


Anton Paar

Barley, Malt & Brewing Lab

Briess Malt


Montana Craft Beer Connection

Northwestern Extract Company


Waypoint Wealth Management- Northwestern Mutual

Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman

2023 Commerce Way

Bozeman, MT 59715

DATE: September 22, 2021 - September 23, 2021

Location: Bozeman, MT

Join Montana craft brewers and industry partners from around the state and across the country for our annual Montana Brewers Conference. With a combination of educational presentations, break out sessions, and networking opportunities, this year’s conference will be a return to our annual in-person conference after a year away.

Conference Pass: $250

Each Additional Conference Pass: $200

Our MBA members (Brewery, Brewery in Planning, and Associate Members) receive a $50 discount on each conference pass.


We are excited to present a great line up this year. Schedule subject to minor changes before being finalized.


3:00-5:00  Tours of the Barley Malt & Brewing Lab (starting at 3:00 and 4:00)

5:00-6:30  Registration and Trade Show set up


8:00-9:30  Registration & Breakfast

9:30-11:30  Plenary Sessions

  • Welcome/Announcements
  • State of Montana Beer (MBA Executive Director Matt Leow)
  • Keynote: Steve Lozar – “Yarns From the Old Breweries: Is That Really True?”
  • Beyond Pink Boots: Women in Craft Beer (Loy Maierhauser)

11:45-12:30  Lunch

12:30-1:30  Trade Show (see list of sponsors)

1:30 – 2:25  Breakout Sessions 1

  • Montana’s Hop Industry: Once a Novelty, Now a Reality (Tom Britz – Glacier Hops Ranch; Jake TeSelle – Crooked Yard Hops; Maddy Jones – Big Sky Orchards & Big Sky Hops Farm)
  • Perfect Your Pour: Pouring and Draught Troubleshooting Training (Emily Shirley & Kayla Mann – McDantim)
  • What’s Brewing in Employee Benefits (Angie Whiteside and Derec Mieden – Wipfli)

2:30-3:55  Breakout Sessions 2

  • Forging Flavor: Terrior, Variety & Process (Hannah Turner and Jamie Sherman – Barley Malt & Brewing Lab)
  • Safety Meeting: Learning to Love the OSHA Inspection (Chris Tacke and Tiffany Ott – MT Department of Labor & Industry)
  • Tasting Workshop #1: Basics of Styles, Tasting & Description (Master Cicerone® Rich Higgins)

4:00-5:30  Food and Brews: Two Sides of the Same Coin (a beer and food pairing with Cicerone® Curtis Reid)


8:00-9:30  Registration & Breakfast

9:00-10:30  MBA Annual Membership Meeting & Board Election

9:00-11:00  Tours of the Barley Malt & Brewing Lab (starting at 9:00 and 10:00)

10:45-11:30  Plenary Session

  • Election Results/Announcements
  • Craziest Brewery Stories

11:45-12:30  Lunch

12:30-1:30  Trade Show (see list of sponsors)

1:30 – 2:25  Breakout Sessions 3

  • Harder than It Looks: Getting Technical with Hard Seltzer and Kombucha (John Griffith – Zesty; Mike Scott – Lewis & Clark; Scott Hansing – Missouri River Brewing)
  • No Stupid Questions: Policy Changes, Compliance Concerns and Common Violations (Becky Schlauch, Steve Swanson, and Dacia English – MT Department of Revenue)

2:30-3:55  Breakout Sessions 4

  • Practical Applications of 5S and Lean Manufacturing in a Craft Brewery (Alistair Stewart – MT Manufacturing Extension Center; John Griffith – Zesty; Daniel Pollard – Bridger Brewing)
  • Tasting Workshop #2: Talking and Tasting Sours, Barrels & More (Master Cicerone® Rich Higgins)
  • Beyond 8pm – Utilizing a Closely Held License for Expanded Retail (Brenda Faure & Grant Dickson – Silverman Law; Dacia English – MT Department of Revenue; Seth Swingley – Mighty Mo; Zeb Harrington – KettleHouse)

4:00-5:30 Sensory Analysis Session: Finding the “Wow” in any Beer (Todd Malo – Glacier Hops Ranch)


COVID-19 Procedures and Guidance

Throughout the pandemic, the Montana Brewers Association has taken this public health threat seriously. We have provided guidance to help our members navigate this new world while advocating for policy changes to allow our industry to continue to thrive during this challenging time. With our 2021 Montana Brewers Conference, we continue to seek that balance – being responsible and safe while continuing to provide opportunities to move our association and industry forward.

In order to create a safe environment for all conference attendees and speakers we ask that everyone follow these procedures for the event:

Mask Up

Masks will be required during the conference when indoors. This applies to everyone, whether or not you have been vaccinated. Masks may be removed when eating or drinking. This is essentially how breweries operated last year during the mask mandate, so we’ve all become accustomed to this. The MBA will have masks available for those who need one.

Get Vaccinated or Get Tested

We encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others. We cannot require vaccinations, but we can take steps to encourage people to get vaccinated. It’s the best shot we have at getting beyond this pandemic. That’s why MBA members in Bozeman are hosting a series of mobile vaccine clinics in the run up to the Montana Brewers Conference and Fall Rendezvous. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you get tested before attending the conference and have a negative test within three days before attending.

Stay Home if You’re Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you not attend the conference, unless you have seen a doctor and have a confirmed negative test. We will provide a refund to anyone unable to attend due to illness.

Sanitize those Hands

Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the conference space to help keep you and others safe.

Protecting the health and safety of attendees is our top priority. We do not want this great opportunity to learn and network with industry peers and partners to become an opportunity for the virus to spread through our community. Fighting COVID has always been a numbers game; these measures are about putting the odds in our favor and reducing risk at our conference. Thank you for helping to make this a fun, educational and safe event.

Montana Brewers Association

Montana Brewers Association

P.O. Box 8591

Missoula, MT 59807

406-948-BREW (2739)