The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) wants the “brightest minds in the Australian brewing industry” to make submissions to be part of the speaker program at BrewCon19.

BrewCon is the annual Australian Brewers Conference and trade expo and is described as “the single biggest platform to key decision makers and influencers in the Australian beer industry”. The conference will take place in Melbourne on 4-5 September and the IBA is looking for key industry personnel to share their knowledge and expertise to help build the industry’s future.

The IBA said: “This year’s BrewCon promises to be bigger and better than ever. Between 2015 and 2018, we have seen double-digit growth in delegate numbers. Melbourne is one of Australia’s craft beer hubs, and with almost 30 per cent of our members located in Victoria, BrewCon19 promises even greater reach to key industry stakeholders.

“We encourage creative, interactive, experimental, non-traditional and collaborative formats. Previous presentation formats include PowerPoint presentations, panels and Q&A sessions, however, your imagination is the limit.”

Sessions at the conference are either 30 or 45 minutes and the IBA is seeking technical abstracts that provide best practice, real-world examples, latest research or technologies and emerging trends.

The topics for discussion include:

  • Brewery operations (e.g. brewing, packaging)
  • Marketing
  • Management (including financial management)
  • Research data and trends
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • People management
  • Taproom operations
  • Selling beer
  • Events
  • Start-ups
  • Sustainability
  • Technical brewing

All submissions should be made via the BrewCon website by Friday, 24 May, successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 7 June and speakers will be required to provide a copy of their presentation to the IBA by Friday, 2 August.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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