The 2019 Malt & Brew Workshop class, our Manitowoc Malthouse is in the background

We recently held another outstanding Malt & Brew Workshop in Chilton and Manitowoc with a 10th annual class of almost 40 brewers and distillers! We kicked things off on Tuesday, August 20th with a welcome reception takeover at Chilton’s Pla-Mor Lanes bowling alley — this was catered for attendees and we had all the lanes occupied (as well as trays of White Russians a’ la The Big Lebowski).

Our attendees getting their bowling on
The historic bowling alley in Chilton, WI

We kicked off day one of presentations as “base malt day” and then departed on the bus to Manitowoc to tour our malthouse and elevator there.

The Briess Manitowoc Malthouse on Lake Michigan as seen from atop the Maritime Museum — USS Cobia submarine in the foreground

Day two agenda was “specialty malt day” and we had a great presentation on Specialty Malt Production and Application from Briess Tech Services Manager Bob Hansen before heading over to tour the historic Chilton Malthouse and Roasters. After lunch, we had an excellent breakout sensory session led by each of our 4 division managers before heading over to tour our 500BBL brewhouse and pilot brewery.

Germination compartment in the Chilton Malthouse
Tech Services Dan Bies gives a talk to attendees in the Briess pilot brewery — that’s our ‘Torpedo’ sitting on the table

This year also featured guest speakers Joe Hertrich, former AB raw materials expert, Steve Dresler who retired from Sierra Nevada after 30 years and head of R&D for Ballast Point Aaron Justus in from San Diego to give a talk on base malt wort trials comparing domestic pale ale malt to Maris Otter. Overall this was another excellent workshop and we truly appreciate brewers and distillers taking the time out of their busy schedule to come visit us in Wisconsin and learn a lot more about how the malts they are using are made. We look forward to hosting another group next August!

Tech Services Scott Heimerl keeping the Helles flowing in our Rathskeller in Manitowoc
Andrew & Mike of Motorworks Brewing in the Historical Chilton Malthouse
Now THIS is the way to network!
The Fogle’s of Appleton Beer Factory Chilling in the Germination Area
Jason of Modern Times Beer & Mitchell of Central Waters Brewing Co. at the Manitowoc Maritime Museum
All the Happy Malt & Brew Workshop Alumni in Front of the Chilton Malthouse