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Your Guide to Australian Craft Beer / Thursday 31 July 2014

Good Brewers Week

Crafty Pint / 15.08.12

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Good Beer Week 2013 will play host to the inaugural CBIA Brewers’ Conference. The two-day event in the middle of the third festival has been announced this afternoon and will be run by the Craft Beer Industry Association, a body set up by a number of brewers to represent the Australian craft brewing industry last year. This is the first major event that the association has announced, following the appointment of a board earlier this year.

The conference will take place on May 22 and 23 in Melbourne and, according to a statement released by CBIA today, “will form an important part of the Craft Beer Industry Association’s ongoing commitment to the professional development of the Australian craft beer industry.”

CBIA chairperson Brad Rogers, from Stone & Wood, said: “We’re very happy to be presenting what will be a wide ranging conference programme that will draw on the experience of some of the best in the business.

“We want to curate a programme that is relevant and to do that we call on the industry to tell us what they would like discussed at the conference.”

Programme suggestions should be sent to Dave Bonighton, from Mountain Goat, at dave@goatbeer.com.au by September 30. The final programme details and registration requirements will be released at a later date.

The news has been welcomed by the team behind Good Beer Week.

“There were discussions around running an industry-led conference in 2012 but the festival arrived too soon, so it’s great the association has reached a point where it is ready to join the party in 2013,” said Matt Houghton, from the festival’s organising committee.

“In the 18 months since Good Beer Week was first conceived, the festival has grown into a fantastic showcase of the best of the beer world. Our focus has always been on delivering the best range of events possible for punters and, while this has undoubtedly benefited venues and brewers as well, the addition of a craft brewers conference gives brewers even more reason to spend the week in Melbourne.

“Our intention has always been to work closely and inclusively with venues and the brewing industry for the benefit of all, so the opportunity to work even more closely with the country’s brewers is an exciting one.”

For more on CBIA, head to the association’s website. The third Good Beer Week will run from May 18 to 26. Registrations for events will open next month.



Comments

Mike — 15 August at 06:01PM

I went to the last Good Beer Week, it was alright, but it seemed as if it was only to celebrate the microbrewer's achievements not to help the home brewer make the jump.
Need information on actually starting a brewpub/microbrew. As in what licensing is needed, what labs to use for product testing, where to go for larger equipment, ballparking startup capital, routes for retail sales?

Ash — 15 August at 07:30PM

@ Mike, You missed the Home brewer to pro brewer night at the GB? Bit too informal but a great start,

also couple weeks prior The IBD Conference had a Craft day that included starting a micro info.

http://www.ibdasiapac.com.au/img//misc/IBDAP_Convention_Agenda_2012.pdf

But yes id love have a more formal event where the process is discussed. as long as I was ingesting beer while taking in the info

Crafty Pint — 15 August at 09:43PM

Hi Mike

As the story says, there were discussions about having a conference with more technical sessions at this year's festival but the association was still getting off the ground. That's why the festival organisers are delighted it's happening this year.

I'm sure Dave at Mountain Goat would love to hear your ideas / wishlist for the conference. The Good Beer Week team would no doubt be keen for people to put forward ideas too.

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