Keynote Speaker


Stan Hieronymus, Author & Beer Writer

Stan Hieronymus is a lifelong journalist who has been writing about all facets of beer and brewing for the past 26 years. The four books he has written for Brewers Publications – Brew Like a Monk, Brewing With Wheat, For the Love of Hops, and Brewing Local – focus first on process, but he views brewing as a matrix in which culture and agriculture are among the essential components. He travels often internationally to speak at brewing conferences, most often about hops. Visit to sign up for Hop Queries, his free monthly newsletter.

Breakout Session Speakers

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Kara Taylor, Senior Laboratory Manager of White Labs

Kara Taylor has been with White Labs since 2009. She became interested in fermentation science while homebrewing during her days at Loyola Marymount University. She received a B.S. in biology in 2009 and began employment at White Labs in San Diego as a yeast laboratory technician. Since January 2014, she has functioned as analytical laboratory manager in White Lab’s analytical laboratory and as of August 2016 she functions as the Laboratory Operations Manager. She is a member of Master Brewers Association of Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists.


Leif Miltenberger, Managing Partner at Hired Guns Creative

Leif Miltenberger is the Managing Partner at Hired Guns Creative, a small but mighty design agency focused on providing branding and packaging design for the wonderful world of alcohol (breweries, distilleries, and wineries.) He handles new business development for the agency and oversees business operations. Hired Guns Creative has provided award winning design to the alcohol sector since 2008, for clients ranging in size from start-ups nanos all the way up to national brands.


Other Confirmed speakers (Photos and bios coming soon!)

  • Dr. Jamie Sherman, Assistant Professor of Barley Breeding at Montana State University

  • Hannah Turner, Lab Director of MSU Barley and Malt Quality Lab

  • Brittany Waiss, Human Resources Manager at KettleHouse Brewing