Michigan Craft Beverage Summit Forms


Check-in, Breakout Sessions & Evening Receptions Confirmation
Please complete this form to indicate your interest in participating in Evening Receptions on Sunday, March 3rd and Monday, March 4th, during the Michigan Craft Beverage Summit, along with Breakout Sessions that will be offered on Monday, March 4th, between 1:00-4:00pm. You must be registered to attend this event in order to participate.  If you are not yet registered to attend, please visit https://medc.cventevents.com/MICraftBeverage to complete your registration.

Please refer to the Breakout Session information below while you are completing this form as it will contain details that may inform your selections.

1:00-1:50 Breakout Sessions 
  • Adding Cider to your Craft Beverage Profile
Facilitated by Dr. Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension and Tandem Ciders; Paula Englin, Michigan Cider Association; Chris Schaefer, Schaefer Orchards and Pux cider; Brian Altonen, Altonen Orchards and Townline Ciders 
  • Consumer Trends in Michigan Wine
Brian Lesperance, Fenn Valley Vineyards
  • Grains for Brewing & Distilling
Dr. Brook Wilke Michigan State University; Christian Kapp, Michigan State University; and Dr. Nicole Shriner, Michigan State University
  • Why Michigan Hops?
Rob Sirrine, Michigan State University, Alec Mull, Bell’s Brewery, Mike Moran, MI Local Hops; Corey Wentworth, Ludington Bay Brewing Company


1:55-2:45 Breakout Sessions

  • Expanding into New Beverage Categories
Nancie Oxley, Andrew Shultz, Ginny Sherrow
  • Industry Profile: Blake's Hard Cider
Andrew Blake, Blake Farms
  • When and How to Take the Step into Distribution
Larry Cekola, Imperial Beverage
  • Yeast, Fermentation and Flavor: Fermentation Levers to Pull to Change your Product for the Better
 Dr. Nicole Shriner, Michigan State University

3:05 – 4:00 Breakout Sessions
  • Help Me, Help You
Moderated by Joe Tyler, PMBC; featuring Kendra Wills MSU Product Center; Jodi Gruner MDARD; Richard Anderson, Iron Fish Distillery; Holly Gaffney, MDARD
  • EGLE Groundwater Discharge Permits and Process Wastewater
Christine Alexander and Kristine Rendon, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)
  • Optimize your Operation with MEDC's Industry 4.0 Grant 
Moderated by Bronwyn Drost, Sr. Director Economic Development at Southwest Michigan First, and featuring a cross-section of brewers, distillers, and business support professionals.
  • Starting with Safety: Best Practices for the Craft Beverage Producer
Ben Warner, Bell’s Brewery

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