​Creating a Safe Environment for Brewery Tours and Visitors​ | Master Brewers Webinar​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Broadcast Date: June 9, 2020

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Webinar Summary

Tour programs are an important aspect of customer engagement for many breweries, and safely managing the presence of visitors in an operational space brings challenges. The brewery contains a wide variety of hazards, yet these spaces are also held much of visual interest, excitement, and mystery of the visitor experience.

This is equally true for other visitors such as vendors, contractors, and personal friends and family. These groups frequently enter areas of the brewery with greater proximity to hazards that direct brewery employees have been trained to recognize and manage. Such visitors don't need the same level of training, but they do need to be safe and aware of their surroundings.

This webinar addresses techniques for managing risks to visitor safety, including hazard analysis, physical separation and routing, personal protective equipment, and other safety tools.

About the Presenter

Gary Nicholas

Gary Nicholas
Nicholas Brewing Projects LLC​

Gary Nicholas is the founder of Nicholas Brewing Projects LLC. Prior to opening his own firm, he served as Special Projects Manager for Surly Brewing Company, where he was tasked with supporting the brewery’s expansion through a variety of interdepartmental initiatives, including safety & quality programs, coordinating long-term production management between operations & sales, and developing training modules for both internal & external audiences.

Before joining Surly Brewing, Gary spent 13 years with Bell’s Brewery, Inc. He began as the Quality Manager in 2001 and added responsibilities in environmental health & safety in 2003. Later, he developed & managed a new Training & Professional Development group, where his responsibilities included designing & leading educational programs on a broad scope of topics. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Carleton College and began his brewing career in 1997 with the Goose Island Beer Company after graduating from the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology.

Since 2012, Gary has taught the Quality module at the annual MBAA Packaging Technology course. He has delivered numerous presentations on safety and quality issues at MBAA events, the World Brewing Congress, and Craft Brewers Conferences. Locally, he serves on the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Safety Committee.