Brewer Event: Beer Quality Seminar at Newburgh Brewing

October 19th, 2016 • by Peter Trabold
Peter Trabold

Peter Trabold

Peter Trabold received a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy, an MBA and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University at Buffalo. Currently, Peter is the director of business development at Rheonix Corporation and focused on supporting Rheonix’s innovative products for the brewing and food safety industries. He initiated his career at ZeptoMetrix Corporation establishing both the Bacteriology and Business Development departments during his tenure. In addition, Peter is a past President of the Western New York branch of American Society for Microbiology.

NYSBA members and non-members alike are invited to attend this complimentary seminar. 

Why Attend This Quality Seminar?

The recent growth in the craft brewing business in the past several years has been tremendous. New breweries are popping up every day and the US is on pace to have 5,000 breweries by the end of the year. However, the Brewers Association is projecting the craft beer sales growth rate to be only 8% for 2016, compared to an average of 16% per year over the three prior years. As growth continues to slow, competition is going to increase for consumer dollars, NYSBA and BA believe that quality will be a key difference between the breweries that succeed and the breweries that fail. Today, you can learn about one aspect of a quality program, identifying spoilage microorganisms.

What You Can Expect to Learn

Peter Trabold, Director of Business Development at Rheonix, will discuss common spoilage microorganisms and genes that can be found in a brewery, how they can spoil beer and various ways to detect them, including Rheonix’s beer SpoilerAlert™ assay that was released at the World Brewing Congress in August.

The lead Microbiologist at FX Matt Brewery (Utica, NY), Joe Kinney, will also discuss microbes in the brewery, their impact on quality and the future of quality testing using Rheonix’s beer SpoilerAlert™ assay. Focus will be placed on methodology, analysis of results, and the impact on daily operations in the brewery.

When & Where

The Quality Seminar will be on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Newburgh Brewing Company (88 South Colden St., Newburgh, NY 12550). The doors will open at 3pm, the formal program will start at 4pm and end around 5:30, followed by an informal Q&A session. Beer and light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Amy Tates at – space is limited.

About Rheonix

Rheonix®, Inc., headquartered in Ithaca, NY, is a leader in making advanced molecular biology techniques available to all laboratories, including brewery, clinical or food safety, regardless of their technical know-how. They have successfully “put a molecular biologist in a box” by automating all aspects of complex molecular biology tests from sample preparation, DNA extraction, purification, amplification to detection with just the touch of few buttons.

The first commercial available test is the beer SpoilerAlert™ assay that detects the most common beer spoiling bacteria, yeast and hop resistance genes. Rheonix is continuing to develop assays for the clinical (sexually transmitted diseases), fermented beverages (wine and an expanded list of targets for the beer SpoilerAlert™ assay) and food safety markets.