Sustainability (un)conference at Great American Beer Festival

sustainabilityunconferenceDave Rochlin emailed to let me know about a sustainability (un)conference he is organizing with Bison Brewing during this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Unlike regular conferences meetings, unconferences are driven by participants. This one is an industry-collaborative event to work on water, climate and other greening issues in beermaking, which Dave hopes will be a precursor to a sustainable brewer’s guild!

What: Sustainable Brewing Unconference
Where: Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (MT)
Why: Brew beer. Save the world.
Cost: $10 covers coffee and room expenses  – can’t beat that price!
More info: Sustainable Brewing Unconference website

Confirmed participants already include New Belgium, Anderson Valley, Goose Island, Five Star Chemicals, Bison brewing (event co-organizer), ClimatePath (event co-organizer), Carolyn Smagalski (BellaOnline).


5 Responses to Sustainability (un)conference at Great American Beer Festival

  1. Kevin Cullen says:

    If you enjoyed this conference you should come to Milwaukee to hear and participate in how the brewing industry is responding to water conservation issues.

    Great Lakes Craft Brewers & Water Conservation
    Pilot House, Discovery World, Milwaukee, WI, October 26-27, 2009

    Schedule (subject to change)

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    9AM Introduction by Lucy Saunders
    Conference Keynote Address by Dick Leinenkugel

    9:30 AM Panel on balancing role of water as both an economic and natural resource, with Todd Ambs, administrator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Rich Meeusen, CEO, Badger Meter; Tom Pape, Alliance for Water Efficiency; moderator, Russ Klisch, Lakefront Brewery

    10:45 AM Panel with Dr. Robin Shepard, Associate Professor of Life Sciences Communications at UW-Madison and author, Wisconsin Breweries & Brewpubs (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), Dr. Kenneth Bradbury, Professor and Hydrogeologist in the Department of Environmental Sciences-University of Wisconsin Extension, and Dr. Jon Bartholic, Director of the Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University.

    11:30 AM Panel with Matthew Parlow, Professor of Law, Marquette University, Melissa Malott, water program director and attorney, Clean Wisconsin and Gary Ballesteros, vice president and counsel, Rockwell Automation, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and contributor to the Great Lakes Compact

    12:30 LUNCH

    1:45 PM Presentation: Jeff Edgerton, Assistant Brewmaster, Bridgeport Brewing Co., water efficiency and best practices

    3:00 PM Presentation: Fred Strachan, Supervisor of Water Process and Systems, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA, water audits in brewhouses and brewpubs – how to work with your utility to reduce water costs


    5-8 PM SPLASH: Craft beer and specialty cheese tasting at Discovery World

    Buffet dinner by Bartolotta’s Catering

    Conference Posters and displays by water conservation advocates including Clean Wisconsin, Gathering Waters Conservancy, Milwaukee Riverkeepers, The Shedd Aquarium’s Listen to your Lakes, Waterkeepers Alliance and more

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    9:00 AM – Lucy Saunders and Mary Jo Beniger of the National Retaurant Association’s CONSERVE program, Brewpub and kitchen operations for water savings and sustainability

    10:00 AM – Doug Odell, Co-founder, Odell Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO – achieving significant water efficiency – 2.9 gallons of water to produce a gallon of beer

    11:15 AM – Troy Rysewyk, MillerCoors pilot brewery brewmaster, discusses current and future water conservation and treatment technologies

    12:00 Pick up box lunches and board buses

    2:00 Begin tours with Dan Carey, master brewer and co-founder of the New Glarus Brewing Co. The new Hilltop Brewery’s wastewater treatment facility is the first of its kind to be installed outside the Pacific Rim. Just 40 people can go through at one time, so tours will be arranged according to air travel schedules for out-of-state visitors.

    4 – 8 PM – Buses return to Milwaukee

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