Brewery Packaging Technology Course Frequently Asked Questions

​FAQ Topics

​Beer Donation ​Attire
​What does tuition include? (Accommodation questions) ​Luggage for Take-Home Items
What doesn't tuition include? ​Smoking
Transportation to the Course Weather in Madison
Class Hours Extra Cash
​MBAA Apparel and Products ​Contact MBAA with More Questions
 

I've heard that I can donate beer to the course. Is this true?

Yes! It is course tradition for students to supply beer for consumption during the course. Shipments should be sent to the Lowell Center following the labeling instructions below. Beer can be shipped at any time, and the Lowell Center will store it until the course begins. Typically students have supplied 2-3 cases per student.
 
Ship to:
Lowell Center
University of Wisconsin
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
 
Hold for: MBAA Brewery Packaging Technology Course
Guest: (YOUR NAME) arriving (YOUR ARRIVAL DATE)
NOT FOR RESALE
 
Students from outside the United States are urged to check beer with on the plane or have it shipped to the Lowell Center through a local distributor. If this is not possible, enlist your company's custom broker to ship the beer to your attention at the Lowell Center and bill shipping charges to your brewery, NOT MBAA or the university. The beer must be marked "NOT FOR RESALE." MBAA cannot provide assistance to get beer into the country.
 
Students who do not work in a brewery are encouraged to bring a few cases of their favorite beer with them to the course. These can be purchased in Madison.

What is included with tuition?

Accommodations at the class site
Overnight accommodations at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus (610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703) are included with the tuition fee for the nights of April 27 through May 8 (arriving April 27, departing May 9). Check in begins at 3:00 p.m. Check out is 11:00 a.m. Luggage can be stored at the front desk for those individuals whose transportation leaves later.
 
Accommodation requests for early arrival or late departure should be made by contacting the Lowell Center directly at +1.608.256.2621 or lowell@ecc.uwex.edu. You are responsible for paying for any additional room nights.
 
Two meals per day during instruction times
The Lowell Center provides an opening and closing reception/dinner. All breakfasts and lunches on days students attend class are provided, except on the final day, when only a continental breakfast is provided.
 
Educational materials
Students will receive all applicable lecture materials, including a copy of the new Beer Packaging, Second Edition book​.
 
Tour
Tours are currently being arranged for this offering.
 
Bedding/Towels/Laundry
Laundry pickup is available on request, or a washer and dryer can be made available by inquiring at the front desk. Towels and bedding will be provided.

What is NOT included in tuition?

IBD Exam
The IBD Exam is NOT a part of course tuition. If you have questions about the exam, please contact IBD directly at exams@ibd.org.uk or training@ibd.org.uk. MBAA only proctors the exam. IBD handles all application questions.
 
Transportation
Transportation to and from Madison is at your own cost. See the next question for additional information on transportation.
 
Parking
If you bring a car, you may obtain a parking permit at the Lowell Center Front Desk. There may be a fee for parking. Parking without a permit may result in your car being ticketed or towed.
 
Meals Outside of Class Time
Evening meals, as well as meals on nonscheduled class days, are not included. However, campus cafeterias and restaurants are accessible by car, cab, and foot. Some fast-food restaurants will deliver to the Lowell Center.
 
Special Interests
Athletic passes for use of the gym, swimming pool, and tennis court facilities are available. There is also an trail for persons who wish to walk or run. Medical facilities are available should the need arise.

How do I get to the course?

Transportation to and from Madison is at your own cost. Please keep in mind that Madison is served by Northwest, United, and several smaller commuter airlines. The airport serving Madison is the Dane County Regional Airport. The airport is 6 miles from the Lowell Center, and cab fare is estimated at $15.00.
 
Driving directions to the Lowell Center are available at http://conferencing.uwex.edu/directions.cfm.
 
For attendees who may be traveling into larger airports, the following are estimated distances:
Chicago O'Hare International, Chicago, Illinois, 135 miles, 2.5-hour drive
General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 87 miles, 1 hour 45-minute drive

When are the class times?

Classes begin at scheduled times. As a courtesy to our instructors and other students, please adhere to the class schedule. Classes are held on the main level of the Lowell Center.
 

Week One

Sunday
All Day Registration
6:15 p.m. Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
 
Monday
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Class
 
Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Class
 
Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
 
Thursday
7:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. Tour Day
 
Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
 
Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Class

Week Two

Sunday
NO SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES
 
Monday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
 
Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Class & Tour Day
 
Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
 
Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Class
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
 

What should I wear?

Dress is comfortable (casual) for classroom attendance. People have been known to wear business casual at the banquets.

I've heard that I should leave room in my luggage for take-home materials. How much space should I plan for?

Definitely leave space in your luggage or bring an extra bag to bring home course materials. Course materials consist of two large three-ring binders. Shipping services are available off campus. Any shipping is at the student's expense.

Will there be smoking?

The University of Wisconsin is a smoke-free facility.

What's the weather like in Madison, Wisconsin?

Weather in Wisconsin in May is typically mild. The average temperatures range from 44°F (7°C) to 70°F (21°C). Dress in layers and be prepared for rain or shine.

I want to bring spending money. What do you recommend?

Be sure to bring U.S. currency with you in denominations of $5, $10, and $20 bills, as the Lowell Center, some cabs, and/or restaurants may not accept denominations larger than a $20 bill. Traveler's checks are acceptable and recommended in small denominations.

I've planned to bring extra spending money. Will I be able to purchase MBAA Merchandise at the course?

Definitely! Copies of MBAA books and apparel will be available at the course, and orders places within the first week will be shipped to you at the course allowing you to defer the shipping charges.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

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St. Paul, MN 55121
United States of America

Telephone: +1.651.454.7250
Fax: +1.651.454.0766
E-mail: mbaa@mbaa.com 

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