Boot Camp

Friday, November 5, 2021 Schedule

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We are adding a third bonus day to our normal event schedule based on feedback we’ve received from past attendees who wished they had a chance to learn from all our assembled speakers beyond their Boot Camp workshops. So for 2021, we’ve scheduled a full day of seven different seminars led by our cast of brewing all stars who will share their knowledge with you on their area of expertise. It will be a full day packed with great tips and techniques from the best in the industry so get out the latest homebrew gear and ingredients with our Boot Camp sponsors located right in the meeting area.


9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Brad Smith on Recipe Design



10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ashton Lewis on Avoiding Brewing’s 5 Biggest Mistakes

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gordon Strong on Evaluating Homebrew Like a Beer Judge

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Lunch & Sponsor Exhibits



1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
John Blichmann on Layout Designs for Homebreweries



2:45 to 3:30 p.m.
John Palmer on Brewing Water Demystified



3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Kara Taylor on Yeast and Fermentation Myths Busted



Day 2 of 3 Craft Brewery Start-Up – with Steve Parkes and Audra Gaiziunas

FULL THREE-DAY (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday combined) BOOT CAMP:  By popular demand, we’re expanding our past two-day Commercial Brewery Start-Up Boot Camp to three full days (unlike our other offerings) to better cover more material in greater depth. 
Opening up a commercial brewery is a far cry from just ramping up the amount of beer you brew. Steve Parkes, who has trained hundreds of pro brewers as lead instructor and owner of the American Brewers Guild, will walk you through the steps, planning decisions, and keys you need to know if you want to open a successful commercial craft brewery. Plus for one full day you will learn brewery financials, keys to a good business plan, and other start-up money skills with craft beer numbers expert Audra Gaiziunas. Learn from their decades of expertise and a wide range of experience to help you better achieve your goals of turning pro. Over three full days, Steve and Audra will guide you in-depth through all the various elements you’ll have to know for the next big step toward starting a craft brewery.

*Please also note we will be requiring all attendees to be vaccinated for this event to provide a safe learning environment for everyone. You will be asked at the Boot Camp registration desk whether or not you are two weeks past your final shot.