District Mid-Atlantic Meeting – Peabody Heights Brewery, Baltimore, MD
By Brian Jackson, District Vice President
District Mid-Atlantic had their annual spring meeting in
historic Baltimore Maryland, the weekend of April 1st & 2nd.
The weekend was hosted by Union Craft Brewery, on Friday, and Peabody Heights
Brewery, on Saturday. The meeting was sold out to 120 registered attendees,
from 14 different states, as well as Washington, DC. The event evoked interest from both MBAA
members and non-members within the brewing industry, with 69 attendees already
being members of MBAA, while 51 were non-members. Of the 51 non-members, 36
were first-time attendees. In all, 27 different breweries, and 25 different
companies from the allied trades were represented.
The weekend started off with a social gathering Friday
night, at Union Craft Brewery. The social time is an opportunity to meet and
network with new members, and catch up with friends throughout the district, as
well as sample the assortment of beers brewed by the host, Union Craft Brewery.
Saturday morning’s meeting started at Peabody Heights
Brewery, which is located at the Old Historic Oriole Park. The meeting started
out with a welcome from the owner Dick O’Keefe, who shared some of the history
of the brewery site location, at the Old Historic Oriole Park. The rich history of the location set the tone
for the informative and impressive line-up of technical sessions, and
presenters, the remainder of the day.
presentations covered a wide range of topics on the following:
Formation in Hops and Hop Pellets, and Its Implications for Dry Hopped Beer” – by Dr. John Paul Maye, Ph.D., Technical
HAZMAT Chemical Safety” – by Steve
Gerloff, Madison Chemical
Variable Frequency Drives in Brewing Applications” – by Joe Carey, ABB/Baldor
Science of Detecting Odors and Tastes - Smell, Taste and the Biology of Flavor” – by Dr. Steven Munger, Ph.D., Director, Center for Smell and Taste,
University of Florida
Automation: Keys to Success” – by Dan
Woodbury, Eastern Regional Manager for Process Automation, Siemens
Design for Craft Brewers” – by Fred Scheer, Director of Brewing and
Process Technology, Krones
All presentations evoked great questions and conversations by many in
John Bryce (MBAA Technical Outreach Director) spoke to the
group about MBAA and what the Organization can offer as a member. Membership
provides access to an extensive database of the Technical Quarterly archives,
the newly implemented “Ask the Brewmaster”, numerous scholarships, and other
benefits available through the MBAA website.
Tim Hawn (District Mid-Atlantic President) spoke to the
group one last time as President. He will be moving out of the district with
his new position. Tim spoke of the benefits of a MBAA membership and the
numerous scholarships at both the National and District level. Tim has been
President of Mid-Atlantic for 10+ years and his direction and support of the
District and MBAA has been greatly appreciated. Under his direction District
Mid-Atlantic has grown considerably in the last 10 years and the Technical
programs are one of the best around.
Many thanks to Tim and good luck on his new adventure!
Steve Frazier (District Mid-Atlantic Technical Director)
also spoke to the group and announced the upcoming 2016 fall meeting in
Richmond, VA, hosted by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Stone Brewery. Steve
also announced this year’s two scholarship awardees.
At the conclusion of the day, District Mid-Atlantic randomly
selected one lucky non-member to be awarded a MBAA membership. This year’s
awardee was David Thompson.
The weekend came to a close with a social hour and dinner at
Peabody Heights Brewery, sampling their award winning beers, and beers brought
to share by the other breweries in attendance.
- Brian Jackson, District Mid-Atlantic Vice President
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