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Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference 2020

March 5 - 7, 2020
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Join us for the sixth annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, March 5-7 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The conference will feature an introductory pre-conference for beginners on March 5, individual hop and barley tracks covering advanced topics on March 6, and an exciting plenary session as well as an offsite tasting and beer pairing on March 7.  We are also excited to again partner with the Michigan Brewers Guild for a special networking reception for attendees. Registration will be opening in January.

During the registration process, participants will be asked to select their preferred track for Friday in order to determine space needs at the facility. To learn more about the schedule, including topics, speakers and times, click on the draft agenda link below.

March 5: Optional Pre-Conference Session - Introduction to Hop and Barley Production

March 6: Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Keynote presentation, Hop Track, Barley & Malt Track, Michigan Brewers Guild Reception

March 7: Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Keynote Presentation, Industry Updates, Guided tasting looking at malts, hops and processes, along with a beer pairing lunch at a local brewery

Participant Registration Cost

Pre-Conference Registration: $50 per person
Full Registration: $225 per person
Saturday Brewery Event: $30 per person

  • The pre-conference registration rate includes admittance only to the Introduction to Hop and Barley Production session on Thursday, March 5 from 1-5 p.m.
  • Full registration includes admittance into the Friday keynote presentation, the educational sessions, as well as breakfast, lunch and the Michigan Brewers Guild Reception on Friday, as well as breakfast, keynote presentation and industry updates on Saturday morning.
  • Saturday Brewery Event includes admittance to the guided tasting looking at malts, hops and processes, along with a beer pairing lunch at a local brewery from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. NOTE: This rate includes the cost of the tasting and lunch, but does not include transportation to the brewery.

Michigan Brewers Guild Reception

On Friday evening, join us for the Michigan Brewers Guild reception, a time to network and socialize with the vendors and other attendees.

Conference Location

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest 
1275 S Huron St,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cancellation Policy

After Feb. 18, 2020, refunds will no longer be provided.

Discounted Lodging Available Until January 31

Discounted lodging is available at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Call 1-877-757-7133 or 1-800-228-9290 by Jan. 31, 2020 and mention you are part of Michigan State University to receive the discounted nightly rate of $120 per night, plus tax. Parking for hotel guests is free.  Alternatively, you may Book the group rate for Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference online.

Participant Registration

Registration for 2020 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Participant is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2020.

Media Registration

Registration for 2020 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Media is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2020.

Sponsor and Vendor Registration

Registration for 2020 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Sponsors and Vendors is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 10, 2020.

Speaker Registration
Invited speakers should use this process to register for the 2020 Conference.

Registration for 2020 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference - Speaker is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 3, 2020.

Accommodations

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 braidbet@msu.edu or 517-884-7081.