The RMMS is basically a beer industry conference at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and was founded by the Center for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the University. Jim Mattoon, the RMMS founder died last year on Deceber 24, 2010 at the age of 80.
People in the beer industry from all over Colorado come to the event for tips, recent beer related information, and basically a conglomeration of resources from things relating to sanitization, brewing procedures, hop farms, new malting companies, and more. The talks, all of which were good, ranged from technical, academic, to inspiring to informative. Only 120 seats were available and I'm guessing that there were probably only ten or so people attending that were not also a part of the industry. So, if you want to get your ticket next year you will need to make sure to get them in advance because they sell out annually.
|Avery's Dihos Dactylion and Cory Forster of Dillon DAM Brewery taking notes|
making Colorado Springs a better beer destination, putting craft beer in corner/grocery stores was one of my suggestions. Carol from the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado pointed me toward some reading on the topic and the very next day Mike Bristol approached me and gave me more information on why what I suggested is a bad idea. I'm hoping he'll write an article for the blog about this soon.
The Brettanomyces Project and it looks like the basic conclusion is that each strain produces drastically different results. He talked to us about his preferences, what he chooses to look for in his Brett beers, and what kind of conditions can make that happen. At Crooked Stave if Chad is able to keep his beers under the conditions he requires and desires I would say we can look forward to some really fantastic beers soon. Crooked Stave, based in Ft. Collins, is not opened quite yet but should be sometime this year.
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* Indicated the photo above was taken by Dan Flanders. Otherwise I snapped the picture.