From yeast genetics to hop aroma and technical barrel aging, this year’s program is filled to the brim with outstanding topics and great speakers!

We hope you can join us June 2426​ in New Orleans for 2.5 days filled with engaging discussions, interactive technical workshops, and cutting-edge research presentations. We have also invited speakers from outside of the industry to share their perspective on challenges and opportunities for the brewing community. 

Be sure to come to the 2019 ASBC Meeting this year and see what our membership has been up to!​

Thank you all who submitted abstracts! Corresponding authors will be notified in March.


"Big Shoes to Fill"
Peter Darby, Consultant to the British Hop Association

Darby-Peter_ WEB.jpgPeter Darby was appointed in 1981 to take over the mantle of hop breeding at Wye College, Kent. UK. This program had seen the birth of scientific hop breeding in 1906 with the pioneering work of Professor Salmon, continued in 1953 by Dr. Neve. Throughout, the program has been characterized by innovation, and the varieties and techniques developed are still found in the work of all the main hop breeding programs today. A personal account is given here of the changing nature of hop breeding at Wye College, and its successor Wye Hops Ltd., over the last 38 years—a period when the brewing industry itself has undergone huge changes. The drivers for hop breeding, the funding sources, the objectives, and the techniques available in 1981 are described and compared with these same parameters at play today. The presentation illustrates how some objectives have changed completely: some have newly appeared whilst others have evolved and developed. Finally, it speculates on the imminent revolution in hop breeding with the advent of increasing mobile computing power and inexpensive genetic analysis tools: two factors which were unimagined in 1981.


Sunday, June 23 (Pre-Meeting)

  8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ASBC Board of Directors Meeting
​7:30–9:00 p.m.
Beer, Bingo, and Beignets*

Monday, June 24

  8:30–10:00 a.m. ASBC Opening Session and Keynote: Big Shoes to Fill
​   10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Technical Sessions and Workshops
​10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ​Posters Open
​   12:00–1:30 p.m. Big Easy Beer Pairing Lunch*
​   1:30–4:45 p.m. Technical Sessions and Workshops
​   4:45–6:00 p.m. Monday Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 25

  8:30–11:45 a.m. Technical Sessions and Workshops
​   10:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Posters Open
​   12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch
​   1:30–4:45 p.m. Technical Sessions and Workshops
​   5:30–7:00 p.m. Jazzed up Reception**

Wednesday, June 26 

  8:30–10:15 a.m. Technical Sessions and Workshops
​   10:30–11:30 a.m. Closing Session
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Closing Activity: French Quarter Caper Scavenger Hunt*
2:00–6:00 p.m. Porchjam Distillery & Urban South Brewery Tour*


* Additional ticket required

**Single Day Attendees must purchase a ticket to attend.