The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has launched early bird ticket sales for BrewCon 2023, with the event due to return this year for the first time since before the pandemic.

In a statement launching ticket sales, IBA revealed it has also secured “one of the most sought after speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit” to deliver its BrewCon 2023 keynote – Bernard Salt.

An adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and a columnist for The Australian, Salt heads The Demographics Group (which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for businesses), and prior to that founded KPMG Demographics. He was also awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017.

IBA Chairman, Richard Watkins, said BrewCon wanted to ensure its keynote could inspire brewers to focus on resilience and being smart in business.

“We are thrilled to have Bernard as our keynote speaker. Data is key to the success of any business so to have a leader in the industry share his knowledge and insights will be invaluable for those attending the conference,” Watkins said.

“This will be a ‘must-do’ for the beer industry to discover opportunities and find inspiration to future proof their operation.”

IBA notes that securing a high profile speaker was possible with the support of Business Events Perth, which has sponsored the keynote for the 2023 event. This is ahead of BrewCon next year, which will be held in Western Australia.

Another supporter of BrewCon 2023 is Destination Gold Coast and the Queensland Government, with the two day event taking place at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The ninth annual BrewCon and Trade Expo is scheduled for 21 – 23 August, 2023, and will be jam-packed with content, international speakers, brewery tours, workshops and the largest brewing trade expo in Australia. It concludes with the Independent Beer Awards, AKA The Indies, which celebrates the art and science of brewing and builds awareness of the excellence in Australia’s independent beer industry.

More information about early bird tickets to BrewCon 2023 is now available via the IBA website, and were launched due to the sheer demand for the event.

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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