Presented by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies


Join us at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH, on Jan. 30-31, 2018 for the
4th annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. Packed with educational seminars, featured speakers, industry vendors and awesome networking opportunities. Whether you work for an operating brewery, have a brewery in planning, are a craft beer industry vendor, there’s sure to be something for everyone…and a few craft beers too!

Interested in going to the conference on Jan 30th and 31st?


Monday, January 29, 2018

Trade show set up 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland (Hall A)
300 Lakeside Avenue E., Cleveland 44113


OCBA Quarterly Member Meeting

Great Lakes Brewing Company – event space

3 – 4PM Health insurance update by Eric O’Brien of Mosaic Employee Benefits, legislative update by Kevin Schmidt of SPP

4:00 – 5:30PM OCBA Member Meeting. Speakers include Bush Refrigerated Vans, Clifton Larson Allen CPAs

5:30 – 7:00 PM OCBA reception + following evening activities TBD

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland 300 Lakeside Avenue E., Cleveland 44113

7:30 – 9 AM Breakfast and registration

8 AM – 5 PM Trade show hours (Hall A)

8– 11 AM Breakfast Beverage Bar

9– 10 AM

Main room: Welcome address with Mary MacDonald, OCBA Executive Director

and Collin Castore, Seventh Son Brewing, OCBA Board President

Keynote speaker: Mary Pelletieri, Co-Founder at La Pavia Beverage Inc. and Quality Instructor at the Brewers Association


10– 10:45 AM

Main room: Raising the Bar: Internal & External Education Programs Drive Sales & Elevate the Beer Conversation with Chris Shields, Director of Education and Matt Steinke, Director of Sales for Rhinegeist

Fundamentals room: Protect Your Investment — Preventative Maintenance Scheduling with Keith Symonds of Quality Tank Solutions

Special topics room: Calculated Restraint: Brewing, Blending, and Formulating Beer for Clean, Consistent, and Balanced Flavor with Chris Davison of Wolf’s Ridge Brewing


11–11:45 AM

Main room: Analyzing Sales Data for Impact with Rob Gerrity of Armadillo Insight and Jason Davis of Columbus Brewing Company

Fundamentals room: OSHA hazards in brewery operations with Cliff Gerbick of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Keith Bullock of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Special topics room: Taking the Fear Out of Brewery Expansion with Brian Grafton of FMD Architects, Mark Moore of FMD Architects, Sam Holloway of Crafting A Strategy, Keith Merklin of Live Oak Bank and Kelly TerWisscha of TWC Construction


12:45 – 2 PM Lunch in HALL A

2– 2:45 PM

Main room: Multistate Distribution Issues – Ohio and Surrounding States with Jim Niehaus of Frantz Ward

Fundamentals room: Glycol piping design considerations: how they work, and safe maintenance of them with Dan Stromberg of George Fischer Ltd.

Special topics room: Special Event and Experience Marketing with Bill Bakan, Co-owner of Maize Valley Brewery and Katie Alsip, Marketing Manager of Rhinegeist


3– 3:45 PM

Main room: Sensory Training 101 with Mike Buckley of Great Lakes Brewing Company and Trevor Self of MadTree Brewing

Fundamentals room: Employee Handbooks – The Key Ingredients with Adam Russ and Carl Gluek of Frantz Ward

Special topics room: Carbonation and Nitrogenation Techniques with Mimi Cartee of M.G. Newell, Andy Tveekrem of Market Garden Brewery and Sean White of Little Fish Brewing


4– 4:45 PM

Main room: Brew Beer Grown Here with Dave Volkman of Ohio Hops Growers Guild and Andrew Martahus of Haus Malts

Fundamentals room: So You Want to Start a Brewery – Panel Discussion featuring Collin Castore of Seventh Son Brewing, Bret Kollman Baker of Urban Artifact, John Haggerty of Warped Wing Brewing and Jimmy Stockwell of Little Fish Brewing

Special topics room: Community Building through Beer with Jackie Kemble of Land-Grant Brewing Company and Jen Burton of Seventh Son Brewing

Evening activity: Happy Hour in Trade Show area from 5 – 6:30 p.m. sponsored by BMI featuring former American Idol, Paul McDonald



Official Reception 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Market Garden Brewery Production Facility

8PM – ??? Additional Evening Activities TBD

Official Reception 6:30– 8:30 PM Market Garden Brewery Production Facility


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland 300 Lakeside Avenue E., Cleveland 44113

8:30– 10 AM Breakfast and registration

Trade show hours 9 AM – 2 PM (Hall A)

9– 10 AM Trade Show Time

10– 10:45 AM

Main room: Keynote: Jim Canepa, Superintendent, Ohio Dept. of Commerce

11– 11:45 PM

Main room: Fruiting Techniques with Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Brewery

Fundamentals room: Building a Better Brewery with Brian Grafton and Mark Moore of FMD Architects, and Andy Tveekrem of Market Garden Brewery

Special topics room: Leveraging Your Financial Software Package to Help Create Better Processes with Gloria Atika of Baker Tilly



12:45 – 2 PM Lunch in Hall A (Trade Show ends at 2PM)

2– 2:45 PM

Main room: Yeast Propagation and Health for Small Breweries with Victor Pool, QA/QC Manager at Columbus Brewing Company

Fundamentals room: Finance. The Other F Word with Kate Smith of Live Oak Bank

Special topics room: Kettle (Wort) Souring for Consistency and Quality Assurance with Bret Kollman Baker of Urban Artifact and Cole Hackbarth of Rhinegeist


3– 3:45 PM

Main room: Benchmarking: How does your brewery stack up against the competition? with Gloria Atika of Baker Tilly

Fundamentals room: Effective care and Maintenance of Keg Spears, a Practical Guide with Steve Bradt of Micro-Matic

Special topics room: Small Scale Canning and Seaming with representatives of Pneumatic Scale Angelus and OneVision Corporation


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Thanks for your interest in exhibitor space. Unfortunately we’re out of booths at this time. Email mary@ohiocraftbeer.org to be placed on the waiting list in case space becomes available.