Best Practices

The following posts are provided by the CBG Technical and Education Committee and our Allied Trade Partners to elevate breweries knowledge of brewing and business practices. You can separate them by topic from the drop down menu.

October 29th, 2019
VDK & Warm Dry Hops…a love story

Christopher O’Connor – Director of Quality & Technical Brewing @ Sleeping Giant Brewing Company Introduction: One of the nice things…

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October 10th, 2019
Common Safety Concerns for Colorado Breweries

Mike Clark from Olson & Olson has compiled a list of common safety concerns and is a good reference for breweries…

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June 6th, 2019
Options for Retirement Plans – Webinar

COUNTRY Financial provide this webinar as an overview of the different types of Company Sponsored Retirement Plans an Employer can offer…

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2019 New Colorado Employment Laws

A lot happened during Colorado’s 2019 legislative session in relation to employment laws. Our partners Fisher Phillips wrote up a…

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May 16th, 2019
Brewing Up Some OSHA Enforcement – Are You Ready?

By Christopher Peterson, Partner, Fisher Phillips An increasing number of local breweries here in Colorado have been inspected within the…

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All Downhill From Here
January 2nd, 2019
All Downhill From Here

Article by Brewery Finance Jake Minturn and Doug Hyndman are members of a growing craft beer niche: brewers starting their own…

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December 11th, 2018
Brewery Sustainability 101

Environmental responsibility is becoming increasingly important in business. More than ever, customers, job-seekers and employees are considering a company’s environmental…

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November 14th, 2018
Boots For Brewing

For the long-term health of a brewer, either for yourself or for your employees, boots are a top concern. This…

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November 13th, 2018
Webinar: R&D Tax Credits

The craft beer industry has grown substantially in the past 5 years and many breweries are missing out on an…

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October 17th, 2018
LOCKOUT/TAGOUT (LOTO) STANDARD

The Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected startup of the…

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Let’s Talk Carbonation

First a bit about myself and the production facility I work in as I have found the size of the…

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Cleaning Under Pressure
October 16th, 2018
Cleaning Under Pressure

Traditional bright tank and serving tank cleaning with sodium hydroxide (caustic) requires the brewer to vent C02 out of the…

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Shelf Life On A Budget

The question of shelf life is a crucial one for breweries entering the retail market or expanding their distribution. It…

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Fall Prevention

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to take measures in their workplaces to prevent employees from falling…

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September 6th, 2018
Webinar: Video Made Easy

In this webinar, Seth Gardenswartz of surefi discusses how to easily create Instagram or Facebook video with new or existing…

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Webinar: Working with Special Events and Nonprofits

In this webinar, Robert “Chas” Runco of Runco & Proffitt discusses the various legal issues surrounding breweries and special events….

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Webinar: pH and Titratable Acidity – Understanding what they are, how they differ, and how they can compliment brewing quality control

This webinar presented to you by Beyers Analytical and will educate you on what pH and titratable acidity (TA) are,…

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Webinar: Your Production Footprint and Implementing an Environmental Management System

In this webinar, Erin Cox from Great Divide Brewing covers what resources are already out there to help your brewery…

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Webinar: Crafting Your Pitch

Raising money is never easy, but a strong starting point helps as the initial conversations around your financial needs will…

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Webinar: Improved Brewhouse Cleaning using Caustic and Hydrogen Peroxide

In this webinar, Dana Johnson from Birko discusses how to boost your caustic or alkaline cleaner with hydrogen peroxide instead…

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September 4th, 2018
Propagation of Yeast With A Home Grown System

We have been propagating all of our own yeast at Odell Brewing Company since at least 2009 when I started,…

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Findings from the Liquid Arts Research Forum
Findings from the Liquid Arts Research Forum

This past May, the Colorado Brewers Guild and Colorado State University collaborated on the Liquid Arts Research Forum (LARF), during…

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The Methods and Math of Yeast Counting

One of the most important factors in the quality of fermentation is the number of viable yeast cells in solution…

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The People Ingredient
July 31st, 2018
The People Ingredient

Written by Jason Gladfelter of Brewery Mediation Network Your brewery has all the best parts, the best business model, the…

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Higher Stakes Require Higher Quality
June 29th, 2018
Higher Stakes Require Higher Quality

Article by Rick Wehner / Brewery Finance In a trade brimming with over 6000 US breweries, how does a craft…

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Shedding Some Light on Water Chemistry   

Brewing water can be viewed as the last frontier to many in our industry, but it needn’t be intimidating in…

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June 5th, 2018
Your Award Winning Beer Is Not Sustainable

No, I’m sure you could likely recreate it again flawlessly, that’s not what I mean. If asked, could you tell…

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May 17th, 2018
The Basics of Kettle Souring

To produce sour beers in a cost-effective and scalable way, brewers are increasingly turning to ‘Kettle Souring’. This is particularly…

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May 14th, 2018
Chemical Safety in the Brewery and Hazard Communication Plans

As we all know being a brewer is really just being a glorified janitor. When you’re making the perfect bug…

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March 19th, 2018
Nitro Beers

Introduction to nitro: Nitro is a method of serving beer that utilizes nitrogen gas to offer a unique beer drinking…

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So You Want to Add a Brewing Lab?
February 19th, 2018
So You Want to Add a Brewing Lab?

A Primer on Adding a Brewing Lab on a Budget Quality control, in brewing and other industries, is one of…

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February 5th, 2018
Techniques for Cask Conditioned Beer Production

With the 14th Annual Firkin Rendezvous approaching on February 17, it seems like a good time to discuss cask conditioned…

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January 22nd, 2018
Draft Line Cleaning – Key to Quality Beer

Introduction Proper cleaning and maintenance of your draft system is just as important as the various CIP methods employed in…

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Permit-Required Confined Space Determination
January 12th, 2018
Permit-Required Confined Space Determination

OSHA is on their way! Well…potentially, so put down your beer because this is a serious topic. As you hopefully…

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October 30th, 2017
Yeast Storage

Intro: One of the most common questions that we get from our customers is what are the best methods for…

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OSHA Local Emphasis Program for Breweries
October 3rd, 2017
OSHA Local Emphasis Program for Breweries

On August 1, the Colorado Brewers Guild hosted a presentation at Phantom Canyon Brewing in Colorado Springs regarding the upcoming…

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August 16th, 2017
Enzymes in Brewing

Intro: It’s no big secret in the brewing industry that yeast likes to gobble up sugar to create one of…

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June 29th, 2017
Water is Beer, Or at Least Most Of It

Over the last few years in California where I worked brewing in the San Gabriel Valley there was a cruel…

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