​​Be Included in the
Technical Quarterly
Focus Issue on Canning and Shelf Stability​

Focus Issue EditorsDave Duff and Tim Lozen

Editor-in-Chief: John Palmer

Scope Statement

The year 2020 was the year that everything went into a can. The dramatic shift away from keg beer because of the pandemic upended brewery packaging lines seemingly overnight and highlighted issues of supply, demand, and quality control. Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) is dedicated to advancing and teaching the art and science of brewing, and in the fourth quarter of 2021, the Technical Quarterly (TQ) Focus Issue will feature Canning and Shelf Stability.

MBAA is inviting authors to describe their latest developments, best practices, and needs for the future of packaging beer. Related technologies—such as pasteurization, deaeration, and total package oxygen—are all grist for the mill, as well.

We invite you to submit proposals, outlines, and/or drafts of your articles to Focus Issue Guest Editors Dave Duff and Tim Loz​en​ or to TQ Editor-in-Chief John Palmer. Generally, we are looking for articles that are 2,000–5,000 words, although shorter and longer articles are acceptable with quality content. Each submission should include a title, an abstract (summary, max. 100 words), and a short author biography (max. 100 words).

​Submission Deadline: November 19​, 2021

Author Guidelines

All article types are encouraged for this issue. TQ has a dozen ways for you to share your canning and shelf stability expertise with the Master Brewers community. Please refer to TQ’s Author Guidelines for more information.

Contact John Palmer, TQ Editor-in-Chief, with your article idea. He and the focus issue editors can help you refine it.

Author Benefits

A focus issue offers significant benefits to authors, helping to raise their profile in the industry. A single-topic issue gives Master Brewers members an opportunity to publish alongside the related work of peers to highlight progress in the focus area. The TQ Focus Issue on Canning and Shelf Stability​ will be widely promoted and is expected to be highly read, giving authors maximum exposure. Articles receive DOIs and will be submitted to Crossref, allowing citation connectivity with other journals.

For more information about the scope of the issue or to submit your article, please contact
John Palmer, TQ Editor-in-Chief.

Focus Issue Editors

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Dave Duff began his career at Labatt Breweries and later transitioned to Stroh Brewery at its Detroit headquarters as director of packaging. Following his time in manufacturing, Dave shifted his focus to technical sales for Barry-Wehmiller and has covered the North American brewery packaging industry for the past 15 years. Dave is a long-standing member of the MBAA.



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Tim Lozen is the packaging quality manager for Bell’s Brewery, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After receiving a BS from Western Michigan University, Tim joined the craft beer industry and has since been involved for more than 15 years. During that time, he has held various roles that have encompassed both brewing and packaging quality. He enjoys being an active member of the community, sharing his passion as a steward of beer quality through cooperatives such as the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.






Interested in submitting?

Email ​John Palmer at tqeditor@mbaa.com​​.
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