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By Brian Jackson, District Vice President
District Mid-Atlantic headed to North Carolina on March 27th & 28th for the 2015 Spring District Meeting. The meeting was sold out in advance to 120 brewers, suppliers, friends, and colleagues. There is strong interest in forming a new MBAA Carolinas District. Andrew Fratianni has offered to lead the charge - anyone interested in getting involved should contact Andrew directly. The weekend kicked-off with a social gathering Friday night, at Carolina Brewery & Grill in Chapel Hill. The social was a time to meet new members and catch up with friends throughout the district, as well as sample the assortment of beers brewed by Carolina Brewery and enjoy some great Carolina BBQ.
Saturday consisted of a full day at Mystery Brewing, filled with a great lineup of technical presentations by industry experts from near and far:
Clarifying and Stabilising Beer Without Filtration - How to Get Perfect Results
Nicholas Brading (Murphy & Son Limited)
The Quality Side of Hop Processing & Storage
Sean McGree (BSG)
Breeding Malt-Quality Winter Barley for the Mid-Atlantic Area
Dr. David Marshall (USDA/ARS-Plant Science Research NCSU)
Scaling Quality Focused Hop Production to Meet Craft Demand
Blake Crosby (Crosby Hop Farm)
Managing Scab and Other Barley Diseases
Dr. Christina Cowger (USDA/ARS-Plant Science Research NCSU)
Finings & Craft Beer
Andrew Fratianni (Gusmer Enterprises)
All presentations (available to MBAA members here) evoked great questions and conversations from the audience. Shortly after lunch, Roy Johnson
(MBAA 2nd Vice President) of John I Haas gave a quick update on the Australian hop crop. Former District Mid Atlantic Technical Chair, John Bryce (MBAA Technical Outreach Director) gave the audience (53% members, 47% non-members) an overview of MBAA and the many benefits that come along with MBAA membership. John also announced MBAA's new Technical Director, Mark Sammartino. Mark & John both come out of District Mid Atlantic; a testament to the strength of The District. Tim Hawn (District Mid Atlantic President) made the following announcements:
- District Mid Atlantic plans to donate $5,000 to The American Malting Barley Association, earmarked to fund malting barley research in the Mid Atlantic region.
- The district formally thanked John Bryce for his many years of volunteer service to the district and welcomed newly elected District Technical Chair, Steve Frazier.
- The district has a new scholarship committee. The committee members are: Jasper Akerboom, Steve Gerloff, Lee Lonnes, Levi Duncan, and the District Technical Chair.
- A free MBAA membership was awarded to Thomas Nehring of Union Craft Brewery.
- The next meeting will be the Eastern Technical Conference in Philly, OCT 23rd - 25th.
- Attendees were reminded to Like us on Facebook, sign up for our e-mail newsletter, and monitor the District Mid Atlantic website.
- Thank you to our gracious hosts and sponsors: