Midwest Technical Conference
November 5-6, 2010


Friday, 5 November 2010


Social Hour


District St. Paul/Minneapolis business meeting and changing of officers


Pig Roast Dinner and Social

Saturday, 6 November 2010


Breakfast sponsored by Ecolab


Keynote Speaker: Doug Hoverson


Speaker: Paul Kramer (Rahr Malting)


Speaker: Val Peacock (Hop Solutions, Inc)


Speaker: Dana Johnson (Birko Corp)


Lunch sponosred by Rahr Malting Co.


Speaker: Tom Eplett (MillerCoors)


Speaker: Dave Thomas (Ecolab)


Speaker Peter Rifakes (Town Hall Brewery)


Speaker: Red Marti (Schell's Brewery)


Depart for Pub Crawl or hotel

Total Conference Package



Included Friday Dinner
General Meeting, Saturday Breakfast
Technical Program, and Lunch


Friday Package



Includes Dinner and General Meeting


Saturday Package



Includes Saturday Breakfast,
Technical Program, Lunch


Pub Crawl*


*Please note that the Pub Crawl is an additional fee

Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown by calling 651-556-1411. To take advantage of the Special MBAA rates ($107.00) reservations need to be made by Oct 5th 2010, using promotional code: Midwest Technical Conference.

All checks should be made payable to MBAA and mailed to Rebecca Jennings at 800 1st Ave W. Shakopee, MN 55315


  • Chris German called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. He also thanked the Summit Brewing Company for hosting the meeting.
  • Mike Miziorko read the minutes of the August meeting. Motion to accept, 2nd, and approved.
  • Rebecca Jennings gave the Treasurer’s Report. Motion to accept, 2nd, and approved.
  • A Communications/Committee Report was given
    • In Local level communications:
      -Tom Kaehler, Golf Committee Chair, plans to hold the annual District Golf Outing next year either at New Ulm Country Club or North Links Shoot ’n’ Golf (which would involve 9 holes of golf and a trap shooting session instead of 18 holes of golf @ New Ulm CC) if that is the option preferred by the membership. Regardless of where the golfing occurs, the outing will be followed by a dinner at the August Schell Brewing Company.
    • In National level communications:
      BOG Rep Bob DuVernois was not present to report; a motion was made to replace Bob as the district BOG rep. Tom Thomasser of Summit Brewing Company volunteered and was selected as the new District St. Paul/Minneapolis Board of Governors Representative.
    • In other national level news:
      • MBAA Packaging Course will be from May 1-12, 2011
      • Brewing and Malting Science Course-dates tbd
      • IBD Exam review Course- Feb 8-17, 2011 (in cooperation between MBAA and the IBD)
      • Installation of National MBAA officers- November 13th in Athens, GA: Rob McCaig will be the incoming president
  • Notifications for past due members were made by Membership Chair Theresa Chicos
  • Election for incoming District Secretary:
    -Candidates were: Eric Harper-Summit Brewing, Chris Bauer-BASF and Curt Jacobsen- Rahr Malting
    • Each candidate gave a brief speech followed by a silent balloting of the membership; Eric Harper was elected as the new district secretary
  • Old Business:
    -The importance of RSVP’s to district functions was stressed, as numbers for catering, which is paid for by the District and meeting hosts, at these events is based upon RSVP’s.
  • New Business:
    -the cancellation of the Midwest Technical Conference and its ramifications for the district were explained to the membership
  • Meetings for 2011: Winter Meeting Feb. 9th –no host at this time
    • Spring Meeting- May 11th – August Schell Brewing Co.
    • Summer Meeting- August 10th –need host
    • Fall Meeting- November 9th – Summit Brewing Co.
    • Summer Social- potentially to be held again at Hyland Lake Park and Reserve in Bloomington- we will attempt to schedule the Summer Social for a Saturday this year-instead of a Friday evening
    • Annual Convention- MBAA National Convention will be held in Minneapolis- October 13-15th, -2011
      Dist. St. Paul/Minneapolis is looking for suggestions on how to be involved/host special events surrounding the convention
  • Announcement of the New District Secretary and the 2011-2012 exec. Board was made
    • President: Chris German- Brewers Supply Group
    • Vice President: Rebecca Jennings- Rahr Malting Co
    • Treasurer: Mike Miziorko – Summit Brewing Co
    • Secretary: Eric Harper- Summit Brewing Co.
  • Motion to Adjourn
  • No technical presentation
  • A dinner of Roast Pork and Turkey catered by the Divine Swine was enjoyed by the membership


Submitted by District St. Paul/Minneapolis Secretary (2010)  Mike Miziorko