​Martha's Exchange Brewing Co. & Anheuser Busch - January 21-22, 2011

New England District Weekend Technical Session

Our next district meeting is sneaking up on us. We have changed the format a bit for this meeting. We are planning a weekend technical session Friday January 21 and Saturday January 22. Mark your calendars now! Martha's Exchange and AB Merrimack are kind enough to be our hosts for the event. The Preliminary schedule is below, still some details to be worked out.

Friday Night: 4pm - 8pm Martha's Exchange 185 Main Street Nashua, NH

Friday Night Technical Session: 6pm - 730pm Lew Bryson

Topic: Lew will be speaking about the evolution and development of the American beer connoisseur and craft beer enthusiast community, and their effect on the craft beer scene.

Bio: Lew Bryson has been writing about beer and spirits as a full-time freelancer since 1995. He has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer,the Chicago Tribune, and Conde Nast Portfolio. He writes regularly forthe trade and consumer press, including Nightclub & Bar, MassachusettsBeverage Business, American Brewer, Ale Street News, All About Beer,and New Brewer. Bryson is the author of four regional brewery guidebooks: Pennsylvania Breweries (including the new 4th edition);New York Breweries; Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Breweries; and New Jersey Breweries (with Mark Haynie).Bryson has also served as the managing editor of Malt Advocate, thecountry's foremost whisky magazine, since 1996. He writes a regularcolumn on American whiskey for the magazine, and is a frequent featurewriter. Lew prefers rye whiskey in the summer, bourbon in the winter, and beer anytime

Saturday: 830am - 430pm Anheuser Busch 221 Daniel Webster Highway Merrimack, NH

Technical Session 1: 8:30am - 10:30am Keynote Speaker................Details coming soon!!!!

Technical Session 2: 10:30am - Noon Sylvie Van Zan Dyke, Lallemand Labs

Topic: Influence of yeast physiological conditions on fermentation performance
Yeast is good at making beer; however, fermentation is in itself a stressful process for the yeast which can result in decreased vitality and viability. The influence of various stress factors on fermentation will be investigated and methods to measure yeast health will be suggested.

Bio: Sylvie’s first introduction to brewing was through her biochemical engineering degree in Belgium. She then received her Ph.D. degree in microbiology from Oxford Brookes University in 2001 and remained in Oxford for another 4 years working for SMART Brewing Services, specializing in brewing consultancy and microbiology services.  In 2004 Sylvie moved to Montreal, Canada to join Lallemand, a yeast and bacteria manufacturer. She was first appointed as genetic laboratory manager then brewing fermentation specialist then technical sales manager for brewing products, a position she currently holds. Sylvie is member of the Brewers Association, MBAA and ASBC. She is the author of numerous publications on brewing science.

Lunch: Noon - 1pm Pizza Provided by Anheuser Busch, Beer provided by all of you!!

Technical Session 3: 1pm - 230 pm

Topic: Flavor Analysis
The district staff will demonstrate sensory analysis training using capsules provided by FlavorActiv and other flavor compounds if time allows.

Technical Session 4: 3pm - 430pm David Grinnell, Boston Beer Company.

Topic: Weihenstephan / Boston Beer Collaboration Project

David will discuss Boston Beer Company's recent collaboration project with Weihenstephan and the resulting Infinium Beer, it's characteristics and the challenges of brewing this beer while adhering to the German Reinheitsgebot

Bio: David Grinnell is the Vice President of Brewing for The Boston Beer Company. Among other things, David is responsible for recipe development, ingredient selection, capital projects, quality assurance, and production of all BBC products. David has been with BBC since October 1988.

Saturday Night Activity - TBD - Please send your suggestions.........

Hotel Suggestions:

Comfort Inn Merrimack
242 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH

Residence Inn Merrimack
246 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH

Fairfield Inn Merrimack
4 Amherst Road
Merrimack, NH

Now off to do Christmas shopping, next update in early January!
Please RSVP to JUDY NADEAU by January 10, 2011.
Happy Holidays!!!