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Pre-registration is closed, but onsite registration at the event will be available.

Join us for the third annual 2017 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, March 2-3 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, Mich. 

The conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour that is 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. 

There will also be a brewer/grower networking session that focuses on hop and malt barley quality. The 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.

The conference will feature three tracks: Hop Introductory, Hop Advanced, and Barley and Malt. Participants will have the ability to jump between tracks throughout the day. During the registration process, participants will be asked to select their preferred track in order to determine space needs at the facility.

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

Participant Registration Cost

  • Early Registration Discount: $225 per person until January 31, 2017
  • Regular Registration: $275 per person starting February 1, 2017

Registration includes both days of meetings, a continental breakfast and lunch each day, as well as admittance into the Brewer/Grower Reception on Thursday evening.

Optional Tours

Two optional tours are available on Friday, March 3rd in the afternoon.

Motorcity Malthouse (2:30-4:30 p.m.)

An optional tour of the Motorcity Malthouse is offered to conference registrants on Friday, March 3rd, starting at 2:30 p.m., immediately following the conference.  The open house will run until 4:30 p.m. and is free, however transportation is not provided.  Please indicate if you plan to attend during registration so the malthouse has an accurate count of potential attendees.  The malthouse address is:  51526 Shoenherr, Shelby Twp, MI.

Motor City Brew Tour - Special Brewery Bus Tour (2-6 p.m.)

Visit three breweries in downtown Detroit including:

  • Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant & Brewery
  • Motor City Brewing Works
  • Brew Detroit
Let our beer centric tour guide and author/beer historian take you on a brewery crawl in Detroit! The cost of the Motor City Brew Tour is $50 per person and includes bus tour, food and beer samples! A separate registration is required for this optional tour, by visiting the Motor City Brew Tour registration website.

Conference Location

Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

Discounted lodging is available at the Westin Book Cadillac. Call 313-442-1600 by February 8, 2017 and mention you are part of the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference to receive the discounted nightly rate of $139 per night, plus tax. Alternatively, you can reserve your room online. Discounted overnight parking will also be available at $20 per night or $15 for the day for valet.

Sponsorship and Vendors

Companies interested in sponsoring the 2017 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 February 1, 2017, refunds will no longer be provided.

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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.