Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Course for Brewers with District Michigan​

October 1-2, 2018
Founders Brewing Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Tatiana Lorca, Ecolab, Inc.  
Dustin Helsel, Founders Brewing Company
Wade Begrow, Founders Brewing Company

Master Brewers and Master Brewers District Michigan are offering this two-day course to help brewers understand food safety practices that should be implemented in a brewery to proactively protect the safety of the product and your customer.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a scientific, systematic, and preventive approach to identifying, analyzing, and controlling significant food safety hazards within a food production system from raw material acquisition through consumption of a finished product. HACCP is a regulatory requirement for some food industries and has become a condition of doing business for many parts of the food supply chain. Although HACCP is designed to be very general and does not address the specific details for beer or spirit manufacturing, many breweries have implemented HACCP in their facilities. This course was developed with the assistance of Master Brewers members and is intended to help brewers understand and apply HACCP within their operations. The workshop will also cover the basics of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as it applies to the brewing and alcoholic beverage industry.

Join colleagues from the brewing industry and learn how to develop and implement a practical HACCP program within a brewery operation. The course is delivered in collaboration with Ecolab, Inc., and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance. When registering for the course, you can add a voucher valid for one Certified Food Safety HACCP Manager Exam at Pearson VUE testing centers.

What will you learn

  • How to identify and control food safety hazards related to the brewing process, raw materials, ingredients, and packaging
  • About Good Brewing Practices
  • To recognize the relationship between HACCP and food safety
  • The application of HACCP in legislation and Food Safety Standards
  • The preliminary tasks and principles of HACCP
  • The benefits of HACCP
  • How to develop, implement, and maintain a HACCP plan in a brewery

Course includes

  • Training material and instruction
  • Certificate of completion with the International HACCP Alliance gold seal*
  • Light breakfast and lunch

*Those looking for an additional certification can receive a discounted voucher and instructions to take the “Food Safety HACCP Manager” Certification Exam for an additional $75. The exam is completed at a PearsonVue exam center of your choosing following the class. For more information about the Certified Food Safety HACCP Manager Exam, click HERE.


Founders Brewing Company
235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Course Agenda

Monday, October 1 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Please arrive at 7:30 am so we can enjoy breakfast and get settled in.

  • Introduction to Food Safety and HACCP
  • Hazards and Beer – thinking outside the bottle (risk of innovation)
  • Lunch
  • Good Brewing Practices (featuring case studies)
  • Hazards and their classification

Tuesday, October 2 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Please arrive at 7:30 am so we can enjoy breakfast and get settled in.

  • Seven Principles and 12 steps of HACCP implementation in a brewery environment
  • Lunch
  • How to get started
  • Next steps – Food Safety Management systems
  • Exam vouchers and instructions  

For more information about HACCP, click HERE.

MBAA member early $300 (until August 20, 2018)
MBAA member regular $350 (after August 20, 2018)
Nonmember $395
Food Safety HACCP Manager Certification Exam Certificate (optional) $75

This course has reached its registration capacity. Please condiser attending another of our HACCP courses.

Travel and Accommodations

The closest airport in GRR – Gerald R Ford International.

Recommended hotels

Hampton Inn Downtown Grand Rapids – use Founders corporate discount code 0003131269 for a reduced rate
Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids – a short 5-minute walk to Founders Brewing Company

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by Master Brewers Headquarters on or before September 10, 2018, will be issued a credit equal to the registration fee less $100 processing fee. Notices of cancellation after September 10, 2018, will not be eligible for a refund or credit. Master Brewers reserves the right to cancel the course if a sufficient number of registrations are not received by September 10, 2018. If Master Brewers cancels this course, your registration fee will be refunded in full. In the event Master Brewers cancels this course, Master Brewers is not liable for any travel expenses including hotel, nonrefundable airfares or ticket change penalties imposed by the airlines. By registering for this course, you agree to the cancellation and refund terms and conditions.

Photo Release

Photographs will be taken at this course for use in promotional materials after the meeting has concluded. By registering for this course, you agree to allow Master Brewers to use your photo.

Is your district interested in hosting this HACCP course? Contact Susan Kohn for information.

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