Chuck’s Top 5 #CraftBrewersCon Picks

Chuck Skypeck joined the Brewers Association staff in 2013 after a long career as a craft brewer. In 1992 he opened Tennessee’s first brewpub, Boscos, and in 2007 opened Ghost River Brewing in Memphis.

In his capacity as technical brewing projects manager for the Brewers Association, Chuck works with the Technical Committee and the safety, sustainability, quality, draught beer quality, engineering, and supply chain subcommittees to encourage and facilitate best practices in all phases of Brewers Association members’ brewery operations.

Long story short? Chuck knows his stuff. Here, in his own words, are his picks for the 2020 #CraftBrewersCon:

Safety Bootcamp

Sunday April 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chuck: “Don’t believe it if anyone tells you otherwise, safety is sexy. Become a believer! Attend the Safety Bootcamp and leave with a whole new outlook on life.”


Hop Creep: What It Is and Approaches to Managing It

Sunday April 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chuck: “Part of the Brewers Association researcher presentations, attend this seminar to hear about the latest research and practical approaches to mitigating hop creep. Talk about a panel of experts!”


ASBC Lab-in-a-Fishbowl, Sessions 1 and 2

Sunday, April 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. AND 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Chuck: “These two sessions have information for brewers of all sizes. Brewers who want to brew cleaner, more consistent beers with longer shelf life will benefit most. The focus is on practical takeaways that brewers can easily implement after they head back to their breweries.”


Draught Beer Quality Workshop

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Chuck: “After a long run of conducting the Draught Beer Quality Workshop at the Great American Beer Festival®, the creators of the Draught Quality Manual are bringing their knowledge and expertise to CBC. Choose from three breakout tracks to tailor the workshop to fit your needs. There is something for everyone from information on dispense gas and proper line cleaning techniques to picking the right glassware and how to present draught beer.” Note: This workshop is available for purchase as an add-on to full conference registration.


Technical Committee and Subcommittee Meet-ups

Monday, April 20, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Chuck: “Here is an opportunity to network with some the brightest and most experienced brewers in the industry. Bring your questions and your ideas. Insiders tip: The Technical Committee and subcommittee meet-ups are where you will find one of the best beer selections at CBC.