On behalf of the Asia Pacific Section of The Institute of Brewing and Distilling, we invite you to attend the 36th Convention to be held from Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March 2020 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth, Western Australia.
Rebecca Newman, keynote speaker of the IBD Convention in Perth next year and director of quality at California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company, said that a major challenge when it comes to quality and consistency in the brewing industry is communication.
“One of the difficulties in maintaining quality control is realising that beer is a team effort and goodness comes from collaboration and connectivity,” Newman explained.
It is even more relevant then that the focus of the next IBD Asia Pacific Convention in Perth, which will be held from 16th to 20th March 2020, will be ‘The Power of Connectivity’.
Newman, an industry veteran who has worked at a number of breweries throughout her career including Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, said that her presentation will focus on the development of her career in quality at both bigger brewers and in the craft sector, as well as challenges in the industry both in the US and globally.
It ties into the growing concerns of the industry in Australia, a growing market but one that is still relatively young in comparison to that in the US.
As discussions here around unintended refermentation, product recalls and the problems of upscaling continue, it’s more important than ever to be able to quantify, measure and maintain quality in a brewery operation.
“The greatest measure of quality is beer in the glass and a delighted consumer. Bringing patrons to your beer time and again is critical,” Newman said.
“Quality moves through methods of measurement, instrumentation, people, process and technology – through the steps of quality assurance into continuous quality and innovation.”
She said that over in the US, the American Society of Brewing Chemists plays a big part in how knowledge is disseminated throughout the industry, and through them, methods and measurements are vetted and constantly updated.
“These methods and measurements are the pillars for understanding how to quantify the brewer’s ‘magic’.” she said.
Newman explained that, as always, the first focus of brewers when it came to quality control should be hygiene and an in-depth understanding of the processes, but also having a grasp on what you are trying to do and say with your beer as a brewer.
“Control is vital and that begins with sound practice of sanitation and controlled primary fermentation,” she explained.
“Critical needs for any brewer are understanding cleanliness (it truly is next to Godliness) and impact on beer flavor, stability and consumer delight.
“The food scientist in me rears up from time to time, as pasteurisation is the insurance policy for all packaged beer.
“However, the beer lover in me understands the flavor impact from pasteurisation. My first call is for a clean, fresh, non-pasteurised beer in support of the brewer’s craft.
“But sometimes, a cold, clean, global brand that has been pasteurised will quench the thirst. Be clear on what you want your beer to say to the consumer and protect that ‘speak’.”
The globalisation of the industry had allowed the permeation of ideas and sharing of methodologies and techniques, to the point where discussions around these quality issues are opened up.
“Many brewers from around the world have connected with brewers Stateside via visits, email, Skype and those connections become lifelong relationships,” Newman said.
“Sitting down with colleagues over beers is the greatest form of connectivity – encouraging lively discussion, flavor exploration and process debate.
“Pulling up a shared pint is the first step – I’ve yet to turn down a pint!”
She said that the IBD Convention, and any time when brewers had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues in the industry when it came to quality control and assurance was a valuable learning moment.
To hear more from Rebecca Newman and register to be a part of this exciting programme, visit www.ibd2020.com.au.