Join Brew Your Own for in-depth brewing learning experiences in both online and in-person formats.
Each Online Boot Camp is four hours long (with the exception of the Craft brewery Start-Up Online Boot Camp and NanoCon Online) and all are recorded so attendees can watch and learn again and again from video playback.
Our annual In-Person Boot Camp features full-day, small-class, hands-on workshops.
February 26, 2021, 1 to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Water is a critical brewing ingredient and yet is one of the least understood. John Palmer, who wrote the definitive book on the subject, Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, will take the mystery out of your approach to handling water in your brewery. You’ll learn not only the chemistry but also the tests you should be taking and the adjustments to make resulting in better beer. As part of this online boot camp, you will be mailed ahead of time* a BrewLab water testing kit (retail value of $129) so you can learn right along in real-time the practical how-to aspects of getting the most out of your brewery’s water with the goal of brewing the best beer possible no matter the style. (*Sign-up before February 11, 2021, in order to receive the kit before the event. If you do not wish to have a kit mailed to you, you can sign up at a reduced price. Testing Kit not available to ship internationally)
March 5, 2021, 1 pm to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Join Dr. Chris White and Kara Taylor of White Labs on how to master different yeast-related techniques. This four-hour online workshop will cover culture selection and explore preparing yeast for pitching, what to expect when re-pitching, working with multiple cultures, and how to troubleshooting fermentation issues related to poor yeast-handling practices. Plus, you’ll learn right alongside these experts with a yeast lab kit* (retail value $50) mailed to you before the online workshop. You will follow along in real-time on how to use slants, harvesting yeast, washing and reusing yeast, streaking plates, calculating growth rates, and much more. (*Sign-up before February 19, 2021, in order to receive the yeast lab kit before the event. If international address, order by February 12).
March 26, 2021, 1 pm to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Designed for intermediate to beginner homebrewers getting into all-grain brewing, this four-hour live online workshop covers all you need to know to successfully make great homebrews using both traditional and newer all-grain brewing techniques. How to Brew author John Palmer and equipment guru John Blichmann will take you through the all-grain process from milling, mashing, and sparging before going into the boil. You’ll get to know the equipment, techniques, and ingredients. They’ll also cover newer homebrew all-grain techniques such as Brew-In-A-Bag and No Sparge in addition to traditional mash methods and some advanced tips as well.
April 9, 2021, 1 pm to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Developing your own recipes, refining your own brewing techniques, and tweaking your equipment set-up all require the know-how to conduct your own homebrew experiments. Without reliable results you rely on guesswork instead of facts to improve your brewing. Join two of the true leaders in experimenting with homebrews – podcasters and book authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn from Experimental Brewing – as they walk you through how to properly conduct your own experiments at home including blind evaluation techniques, and then walk you through some real life homebrew case studies to show how experiments can play out. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your science on!
April 30, 2021, 1 pm to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Learn the best ways to jump into creating your own signature recipes and understand the keys to developing a specific grain bill, hop schedule, and ingredient proportions to meet your homebrewing goals. Brad Smith, owner of the popular BeerSmith recipe software and a Brew Your own contributing writer, has helped thousands of homebrewers design their own recipes and now you can learn from this recipe design expert how to use both scientific and artistic approaches to end up with the beer in your glass you had envisioned. Explore ingredients, techniques, and even your own brewing system to get you on the right path to craft your own recipes.
May 21, 2021, Noon to 7 pm (Eastern)
Steve Parkes will walk you through the steps, planning decisions, and keys you need to know if you want to launch a commercial craft brewery. He’ll be joined by two experts to round out the interactive, live online workshop on Friday, May 21: Audra Gaiziunas will discuss business plans and the key financial numbers you need to know starting up a brewery and Matthew McLaughlin will teach you the legal checklist any start-up brewery should have in hand. Learn from their decades of expertise and experience to help you achieve your dream of opening up a brewery. This online workshop will be recorded so you can keep learning after the event with full access to video replays.
November 4-6, 2021
Join us in person for three full days packed with brewing learning. You’ll have two days learning hands-on in small class from brewing experts in your choice of 8 different full-day workshops. Plus you’ll have a full bonus third day of back-to-back seminars from our experts so you have a chance to learn from all our speakers beyond your small-class workshops.
Three-Day and Two-Day Registration Options Available, but space is very limited in the small-class workshops. Click here for full event and registration information.
December 3 & 4, 2021, 11 am to 5 pm (Eastern)
Big Ideas for Small-Scale Craft Brewing – Now in an Interactive Online Format. Learn from craft brewing industry experts with replays of live online sessions covering Sales & Marketing, Brewery Operations, Business Operations, and Start-Ups. Over 30 seminars, workshops, and Q&A panels geared for the small-scale commercial brewery, or brewery in-planning, working on smaller systems.
Video replays of Past Boot Camps
The live event may be over but you can still watch full video replays of past workshops and learn from expert speakers. Check out the following video replays available. Register to gain access today.
January 15, 2021, 1 pm to 5:30 pm (Eastern)
Join craft brewery financial expert Audra Gaiziunas for four hours to learn the tools to better understand and manage a craft brewery’s money needs. You’ll start the day gaining an understanding of the importance of finance and accounting in craft beer and learn the top financial mistakes breweries make (and how to avoid them). You’ll then be introduced to the basics of the brewery balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statements to understand how they all tie together for your brewery business. You’ll also learn basic ratio analysis to better communicate with bankers and investors. Brewery cost accounting will be covered including beer recipe costing and overhead allocation. Plus during this online workshop budgeting, inventory management, and standard operating procedures you should have in place will be discussed.
NanoCon Online took place on November 6 & 7, 2020 but you can still register and gain full access to video replays of over 30 seminars, workshops, and Q&A panels geared for the small-scale commercial brewery, or brewery in-planning, working on smaller systems.
Replays include questions answered by speakers, fellow attendees’ interactions, and vendors specializing in the small-scale Nano brewing niche. NanoCon Online was a wonderful and safe opportunity that benefitted small-scale brewing and business knowledge during very challenging times.