Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference

  for breweries, allied industry and water policy makers


  April 19-20, 2016 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  The Pilot House at Discovery World, Lake Michigan


Event news (blog)

Conference news, articles and press releases - comments are restricted to members.
  • 25 Jan 2010 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    An "online extra" feature discussing the October 2009 Great Lakes Craft Brewers & Water Conservation Conference, written by Michael Horne of, with additional reporting by Tom Geilfuss, who helped organize the conference in 2009
  • 05 Jan 2010 1:04 PM | Anonymous
    As an independent consultant, I am organizing a one-day workshop on water conservation and wastewater treatment, on March 26, 2010, in Rochester NY, at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. I am inviting brewers interested in speaking on the topics of water savings in the brewhouse, and wastewater treatment, to send me a proposal by January 15, email

    Your proposal should include a one-page summary outline of your talk,  target 45-55 minutes in length. Until I have found full sponsors for the workshop, I am unable to offer speaker stipends, so please be prepared to pay for your own travel. The workshop registration fee will be waived for speakers.  If you are interested in sponsorship, please send me a note.

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Great Lakes Craft Brewers & Water Conservation Conference in October 2009, especially our sponsor, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Dick Leinenkugel, Secretary of Commerce for the state of Wisconsin, gave the keynote address, and Jake Leinenkugel, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. spoke at the SPLASH! Reception at Discovery World.   Attendees enjoyed presentations from Bridgeport Brewing Co. (Jeff Edgerton); MillerCoors Brewing Co. (Troy Rysewyk), New Glarus Brewing Co. (Dan Carey), Odell Brewing Co. (Doug Odell), and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Fred Strachan), Todd Ambs, director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Robin Shepard of the UWEX, and many others.  A half-day tour of the New Glarus Brewing Co. included lunch and tastings donated by president Deb Carey and "behind the ropes" tours with Dan Carey and Randy Barr. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this all-volunteer run event.
    A review of the October conference appears in this month’s Great Lakes Brewing News and copies of presentations from key speakers are posted online at, under the speakers bios.
    Online registration for the Rochester workshop will be announced with the schedule of confirmed speakers later this month.  Early registration fee will be $55 per person until March 1, 2010, and $75 per person thereafter. Registration is limited to 150 attendees. Thank you for your support of water conservation, craft brewing and the Great Lakes,
    Lucy Saunders
    F&B Communications LLC
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  • 04 Jan 2010 3:12 PM | Anonymous

  • 09 Dec 2009 10:55 AM | Anonymous
    Here's a link to a blog, the Thirsty Brewmaster, who attended the first day of the conference at Discovery World:

    And here's a link to an article by speaker Ashley Routson, aka the Beer Wench, about the conference and the industry's need for water conservation, including more global water stats:
  • 14 Nov 2009 1:38 PM | Anonymous
    As someone who enjoys Portland, OR's fabled Beervana, here's a link from the city's Water Bureau blog, which mentions this conference:
  • 04 Nov 2009 9:39 AM | Anonymous
    Thanks to everyone who made the first year of the conference such a success, especially our platinum sponsors, The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., and Beer Capitol Distributing Inc. Here are links to articles written about the conference:

    From the Chicago Tribune, October 27, by John Schmid
    From the Wisconsin State Journal, October 25, by Barry Adams

    From the blog, Drink with the Wench, by Ashley Routson, a review of the Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s sustainability initiatives and tasting notes about their Christmas Ale

    From the column, Joe Sixpack, in the Philadelphia Daily News, by Don Russell
  • 19 Oct 2009 1:57 PM | Anonymous
    Here's a link to a mention of SPLASH! on the Great Lakes Town Hall blog by Gary Wilson of the Biodiversity Project - very nice reminder as just 150 tickets are left for the public tasting:
  • 09 Oct 2009 7:00 AM | Anonymous
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle will tour Crave Brothers Farm and Dairy Operation in Waterloo, Wisconsin Friday to see bioenergy in action.

    CraveBrothersMascarpone.gifCrave Brothers is an example of a successfully operated modern dairy, using green energy sources to power the farm, cheese factory and 120 area homes. Crave Brothers Dairy Farm and its cheesemaking enterprise, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, have a  computer-controlled anaerobic digester system that generates electricity from biogas created by organic waste from their 750 pampered and productive Holsteins.

    The Administration and State officials will discuss the opportunities for rural America to embrace science and lead efforts to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, mitigate climate change, and transition to a clean energy economy.

    Congratulations to the Crave family - and sign up to meet Debbie and George Crave in person at SPLASH! on October 26, 5-8 PM, Discovery World, Milwaukee.

  • 21 Sep 2009 5:12 PM | Anonymous
    The Milwaukee Film Festival will feature two screenings of the powerful documentary about the Great Lakes, Waterlife. The film screens this Saturday Sept 26 at 7 pm at the Oriental Theatre as well as Tues Sept 29 at 5 pm at the North Shore Cinema; details at

    "A stunning ode to the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the last great supply of fresh water on Earth. Five Great Lakes. One Last Chance. Under assault on all fronts by a deadly combination of industrial toxins, sewage, invasive species, climate change, and profound apathy, the Great Lakes are on the verge of irreversible collapse. Toronto filmmaker Kevin McMahon reveals the extraordinary beauty, ecological complexity, and extreme state of distress of our local waters. A must-see for the 35 million people along the Third Coast who drink from the lakes, swim in the lakes and depend on their waters for survival. Narrated by The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie and featuring music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno. Waterlife is a dire warning in the vessel of a tone poem, simultaneously a lyrical paean to the lakes' lingering beauty and a relentless documentation of their rising toxicity. "-- Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail
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