​Yards Brewing Company- Sensory Seminar
Saturday October 15-16, 2010




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Social Meeting
Friday October 15, 2010

7 PM – 10 PM Social Meeting

Plant tour and beer are free. We will be ordering out for pizza and sandwiches, pay as you go.

Sensory Seminar
Saturday October 16, 2010

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Gwen Conley and Lauren Salzaar, Technical Sensory Intensive

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Whitney Thompson, Flavor training

3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Food and Beer Flavor Panel

5:00 p.m.

Happy hour

Cost: $35.00

RSVP: Contact Steve Mashington by Monday October 11, 1010 smashington@yardsbrewing.com or 215-634-2600

Directions: Yards Brewing Company is located at 901 N. Delaware Avenue and Poplar St. It is accessible from the Market/Frankford Elevated Line’s Spring Garden Street Station. For directions: http://www.yardsbrewing.com/tours_map.asp

Lodging: Hotel Hyatt Regency Philadelphia Penns Landing
201 South Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-1234


Gwen Conley
QA / Sensory Manager
Flying Dog Brewery Frederick, MD

Gwen is the QA/ Sensory manager for Flying Dog Brewery, Fredrick, Maryland. She holds a BA in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, and has had extensive in-house sensory training from the Ball Corporation for food, beverage, and beer. She has also completed wine sensory training through the University of California at Davis. Gwen has been a Biology teacher, Environmental Chemist, Microbiologist for Coors, a Flavor Panel leader at Ball Corporation for 9 years, and has spent the past 2 ½ years as the QA / Sensory Director for Flying Dog Brewery. She judges at GABF, WBC, and NABA and teaches QA for the American Brewer’s Guild. She is active in the MBAA, ASBC, and the BA.

Lauren Salazar
Sensory Specialist
New Belgium Brewing Company Fort Collins, CO

Lauren is the Sensory Specialist and a QA team member at New Belgium Brewing Company, where she has been employed for over thirteen years and sensory-focused for over twelve. She developed the sensory program from a basic production check to its present program and is responsible for all facets from design to implementation to re-engineering. Other areas of interest and fun at the brewery include brewery-wide employee brewing and flavor trainings, new product development, beer and food pairing/beer dinners, multivariate statistics, small/esoteric beer production (Lips of Faith program) and NBB’s oak barel Blender. Lauren is a judge at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, she is a faculty member of Siebel Institute of Technology has presented and/or taught short courses for the CBC, WBC, AHA, ASBC, MBAA and others conferences and associations with various other acronyms.Salazar received her BSW from the University of Georgia a lifetime ago and holds a Certificate from UC Davis for Applied Sensory Science and Consumer Testing.

Whitney Thompson
Quality Assurance Manager
Victory Brewing Company Downington, PA

Whitney Thompson holds the position of Quality Assurance Manager for Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pennsylvania where her main focuses are fermentation anagement and quality sensory evaluation. She holds a BS in Biology from Bridgewater College with a focus in microbiology and began her career in the brewing industry as an apprentice for Ernst August Brauhaus in Hannover, Germany. She was formerly a brewer at Victory Brewing Company, a brewer at Troeg’s Brewing Company, Head Brewer for Appalachian Brewing and a lab technician for Starr Hill Brewing in Crozet, Virginia. Whitney is a fully vetted Great American Beer Festival judge, and is active in numerous brewing organizations including MBAA, ASBC, BA, and the IBD in London.

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