2018 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

Date: March 12, 2018 - March 14, 2018
Location: Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Contact: Betsy Braid, braidbet@msu.edu, 517-884-7081

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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