NC expert to speak at craft brewers’ event

Research Lab Technologist Kelly Byer will once again be contributing her considerable expertise in craft brewing and hops quality during a provincial event this fall.

Byer, of the Food & Beverage Innovation Centre, will be involved in several sessions at the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference Oct. 25 and 26, in our own backyard venue of the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.

In a session entitled “Ontario Hops Quality: OHGA” Byer will discuss the five-year analytical testing work with the Ontario Hops Growers Association as part of an effort to produce high-quality hops for the craft beer industry.

Byer will then join Adrian Popowycz, NC professor with the Brewmaster Brewery Management programs, and Dirk Bendiak, Ontario Craft Brewers Tech Consultant, for a session entitled “Building & Improving Quality Programs.” Aspects of the talk include a review of the changes to the definition of beer, label changes, legal and critical aspects of a quality program of a brewery. The talk will also highlight what aspects of a quality program in terms of outside testing and confirmation may be useful for a small brewery when not available internally. 

Full conference details are speakers are available on the website.