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Join us for the fourth annual conference, March 12-14 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Online pre-Registration has ended, but registrations will be accepted onsite.

The conference will feature a track on hop as well as barley and malt for designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss: horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more. 

The conference will feature a pre-conference hop introductory track on Monday, March 12 and then focus on advanced hop production along with barley and malt topics on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14. During the registration process, participants will be asked to select their preferred track for Tuesday in order to determine space needs at the facility. To learn more about the draft agenda, including topics, speakers and times, click on the draft agenda link below.

To register for the event, scroll down and click on the applicable green button below.

Participant Registration Cost

  • Registration: $200 per person
  • Pre-conference session: $50 per person

Regular registration includes admittance into the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, continental breakfast and lunch each day, the Brewer/Grower Reception on Tuesday evening, and the vendor trade-show.

The pre-conference registration rate includes admittance to the hop introductory session on Monday, March 12 from Noon - 5 p.m.

Beer Pairing Reception with Fred Bueltmann

There will also be a brewer/grower networking session that focuses on hop and malt barley quality. The networking session will provide growers with a better idea of quality requirements and help align the supply of Michigan grown hops and malt barley with brewer needs.

During the reception, enjoy the musical stylings of the Springtails. The Springtails are a charming Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo, Andy & Julianna Wilson. Mixing new with old vaudeville and swing-era standards, her lilting voice and snappy ukulele with his soulful harmonica and retro-sounding horn transport listeners back in time with songs that range from haunting ballads to playful swing. Mike Smalley on upright bass and Bob Bryan on drums and washboard complete the quartet version of the band.

Optional Tours - Wednesday, March 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Two optional tours are available on Wednesday, March 14th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The tours are free, however transportation is not provided. During registration, you will be asked to indicate if you are planning to attend one of the tour.

Hop Head Farms

Hop Head Farms LLC is a Midwest grower, processor, and marketer of high quality aroma and traditional hop varieties. Quality is the number one goal at Hop Head Farms. Attention to detail and sustainable growing practices are used throughout all operations in order to deliver the highest quality hops to our brewers.

Address: 4630 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

Paper City Development, LLC

Paper City Development, LLC is hammering out the final details for the transformation of the former Simpson Lee paper mill in Vicksburg into a one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates southwest Michigan's cultural heritage.  Join us for a tour of this majestic, century-old building and view the 100+ surrounding acres.  Check out our plans that include space for hop processing, malting, craft food and beverage production, demonstration plots and indoor and outdoor events.  We've got big ideas that we're eager to share!

Address: 300 West Highway Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097

Conference Location

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 W Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Discounted lodging is available at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Call 269-343-3333 by Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 and mention you are part of the Hop and Barley Conference 2018 to receive the discounted nightly rate of $129 per night, plus tax. Discounted parking is also available for self-parking at $10 per night for overnight guests. Standard valet and daily parking rates will apply.

Sponsorship and Vendors

Companies interested in sponsoring the 2018 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference can learn more by viewing our sponsor/vendor packet below. The conference will once again include a vendor show.

For more information about sponsorship, having a display at the event or to discuss payment options, please contact Betsy Braid at 517-884-7081 or To sign up as a sponsor, scroll down to the green Sponsors and Vendors Register Here button.

Cancellation Policy

After March 1, 2018, refunds will no longer be provided.

Draft Agenda


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Betsy Braid at or 517-884-7081.