Great Leakes Craft Brewers and Water Conservation Conference‏


Milwaukee, WI – The Great Lakes Craft Brewers & Water Conservation Conference is proud to announce that the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls and Milwaukee, WI, will be the Platinum Sponsor, with special support provided by Beer Capitol Distributing Inc., Wauwatosa, WI. The National Wildlife Federation is providing outreach support through its Great Waters Restoration program.

The conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 26-27, 2009 and focuses on best practices in water conservation for small and medium-sized craft brewers. This is the first independent conference designed to bring together craft brewers, policy makers and nonprofit organizations for education and discussion about water conservation. Early registration price of $195 per person offered through Friday, September 18, 2009.

Dick Leinenkugel, Secretary of Commerce for the State of Wisconsin, will give the keynote address, on the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Compact and projects including the Milwaukee 7 Water Council.

Jake Leinenkugel, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., will speak at the Monday evening reception at the Discovery World museum on Pier Wisconsin in downtown Milwaukee.

Marc Smith, state policy manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center, will outline opportunities for collaboration with conservation groups.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.,” says Lucy Saunders, conference organizer. For generations, the Leinenkugel family has supported conservation in its brewing practices and continues to make new improvements, with progress made across water, energy and waste reductions in recent years.

Participating breweries include Bridgeport Brewing Co. (Jeff Edgerton), MillerCoors Pilot Brewery (Troy Rysewyk), New Glarus Brewing Co. (Dan Carey), Odell Brewing Co. (Doug Odell) and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Fred Strachan). Poster sessions showcase designs and systems for water conservation, auditing, wastewater treatment and recycling in breweries/pubs.

The Monday, October 26, 2009 reception, open to the public from 5-8pm, features a special tasting with artisan cheesemakers, including Bob Wills of Cedar Grove Cheese Co., a leader in sustainable wastewater treatment, and displays by water conservation groups such as WaterKeepers and Clean Wisconsin. The $60 ticket includes a buffet dinner catered by the Bartolotta Catering Co., Pier Wisconsin., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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