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A daylong education and outreach conference for IBG members as well as the general public, i-BEST (Iowa Brewers Education Seminar and Tippling) is packed with useful brewing and beer business information. The 2016 conference will be hosted by Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, Iowa on Nov. 5.

I-BEST has something for everyone. For those already in the craft brewing industry, content addresses issues on technical brewing as well as business and marketing. Homebrewers looking to improve their skills will find helpful information, and those planning a brewery or looking to transition into the industry will also benefit. Breakout sessions allow attendees to chose between seminars on the business/marketing side of the industry or technical brewing.

The Brewers Association's Quality Ambassador Dick Cantwell will deliver the closing keynote address: "The Future of Craft Depends on Quality." Additional topics confirmed for this year include next level social media, Human Resources, microscope skills, a panel discussion on packaging, and more.

In addition to a full day of beer and brewing education, i-BEST includes morning refreshments, lunch, networking with IBG Allied trade members & sponsors, and tippling.


INVESTMENT: $50/IBG members or $75/non-members

Registration: here (through Oct. 28).



8-9 am: CHECK-IN at Peace Tree Root Cellar (coffee & doughnuts)

8 am-5 pm: Trade Show at Peace Tree Root Cellar/Barrel Room

9-9:45 am: Welcome Keynote at Grand Theater —Diana Cochrane, ISU Extension

“Iowa Hops: an Industry Update”



BUSINESS/MARKETING                                             TECHNICAL BREWING

10-10:45 am:

“From Hire to Fire: Employment                                “Too Much of a Good Thing: a Sensible

     Issues for New Employers”                                   Guide to Hop Contracting"

Maggie Hanson, Davis Brown Law                              Chris German, BSG


11-11:45 am:  

“Working with the Media”                                       “Microscope How-to” (limited space)

 J. Wilson, IBG                                                             Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery                      


11:45 am-1:15 pm: LUNCH (in the Root Cellar) (provided)

12:30-12:45 pm: Care about water quality? Join us for an optional lunch-and-learn with Mark Doll, who will talk briefly about the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. (in the Root Cellar)



BUSINESS/MARKETING                                              TECHNICAL BREWING

1:15-2 pm:

“Label Design Best Practices”                                  “Microscope How-to” (limited space)

Rachel Abel & Melissa Carlson, 818 Design              Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


2:15-3 pm:

“Social Media 201”                                                      So You Want to Package Beer”

Ben McDougal, Flite Brite                                             Chris Priebe, Millstream Brewing Co.

                                               Tyson Arp, Nebraska Brewing Co.

                                                                                      Joe Kesteloot, Peace Tree Brewing Co.


3:30-4:15 pm: IBG Membership Meeting in the Root Cellar (members only)

4:30-5:30 pm: CLOSING KEYNOTE at Grand Theater—Dick Cantwell, Brewers Association

“The Future of Craft Depends on Quality”

5:30-7 pm: Dinner (on your own)

7 pm-?: Tippling Time (everyone’s welcome)





Interested in becoming an i-BEST sponsor? Click here for more information, and contact J. Wilson at