About the Craft Malt Conference

The 2020 Craft Malt Conference will take place at the Translational Medicine Institute  (2350 Gillette Drive, Fort Collins, CO) on Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Friday, February 7th, and Saturday, February 8th, 2020.

The 2020 Craft Malt Conference will feature workshops and seminars on the latest research, topics, and best practices relevant to those throughout the craft malt supply chain.

Pre-conference Schedule

Thursday, Feb 6th

1:00pm – Malthouse tours (Open house, registration not required)
2:00pm – Malthouse tours (Open house, registration not required)
3:00pm – Malthouse tours (Open house, registration not required)
4:00pm – New Belgium tour (Registration required, limit 25) Register here.
5:30pm – New Belgium tour (Registration required, limit 25) Register here.
7:00pm – CMC 2020 Opening Reception, RSVP here.

Malthouse Tours

Malthouse tours are open house and no registration is required. Each malthouse will host a tour on the hour from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on Thursday, Feb 6th. You can attend all three if you plan wisely!

1716 E Lincoln Ave Unit A3
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Root Shoot Malting
3553 E. HWY 60
Loveland, CO 80537

Grouse Malt House
8121 W. 1st St.
Wellington, CO 80549

Conference Schedule

Friday, Feb 7th

8:15am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 12:30pm Topics and workshops
12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 5:00pm Topics and workshops
6:00pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony (Malt Cup, Sole of Malt)

Saturday, Feb 8th

8:15am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 12:15pm Topics and workshops
12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:00pm Topics and workshops
7:30pm Closing Reception @ Troubadour Maltings, RSVP here.

A downloadable PDF of the complete conference schedule is available here.


Malting I – Getting it right from the start: Practical steeping schedule design – Christian Stanley (Valley Malt)

Malting II: Strategies for success when working with challenging grain quality –Bruce French (BJF Malt Consulting)

The Business of Craft Malt I: Raising CapitalSteve Clark (Troubadour Maltings), Brandon Ade (Blacklands Malt)

The Business of Craft Malt II: Business planning for success from seedling to sellingBrent Manning (Riverbend Malt House)

Quality starts in the field: Management strategies for growing high-quality maltJamie Sherman (Montana State University)

Flavor Research I: Does malting technology have an effect on the flavor and aroma of base malt? – David Griggs (Crisp Malt)

Flavor Research II – Perception and reality: Digging deeper into flavor using metabolomics and consumer sensory engagement  – Adam Heuberger (Colorado State University) and Evan Berry Craine (Washington State University)

Value Adding on the Farm – Andrea Stanley (Valley Malt) and Ground Up Grain and Jason Cody (Colorado Malting Company) and the Colorado Farm Brewery

Marketing I – Telling the story of craft: Adding value from grain to glass  Chris Schooley (Troubadour Malting) and Zach Coleman (TRVE Brewing)

Marketing II: Practical marketing concepts, identity preservation, and traceability – Jordan Hughes (Point Five Creative) and Chris Fries (Two Track Malting)

Industry Insights: Consumer trends in craft beverage – Christopher Shepard (Beer Marketer’s Insights)

Industry Updates – Chris Swersey (Brewers Association)

Perspectives on QualityAaron MacLeod (Hartwick College)

Craft Malting Industry Benchmarking Survey Results – Megan Goldenberg (New Growth Associates)

Principles of modern grain & malt handling – Bryan Hermann and Mike Olander (K-Malt)

Building a malthouse sensory QC programLindsay Barr (DraughtLab)

Brewing distinctively with craft malt – Sebastian Wolfrum (Epiphany Craft Malt) and Peter Bouckaert (Purpose Brewing & Cellars)

Single malt distilling: Defining a new style of American whiskey – Tyler Pederson (Westland Distillery) and Todd Leopold (Leopold Brothers)

Roundtable Discussion: Building Industry Connectivity – Gabe Toth (The Family Jones Distillery), Dan Galvagni (Root Shoot Malting), Todd Olander (Root Shoot Malting), David Brand (Blue Ox Malthouse), Jeff Porn (Atom Brewing Co.)

Post-Conference Workshops Cancelled

Due to low registration numbers, the Guild has made the decision to cancel our Post-Conference Workshops. We are not sure exactly why the interest is low; perhaps the timing, or too repetitive from last year.  Regardless, this will give some extra time to visit the great breweries in Colorado!  Thanks for understanding. We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Craft Malt Conference!

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