The High Country Hop 2024 Technical Symposium

Fri 22 Mar 9:00am

The High Country Hop 2024 Technical Symposium

Once again, the music and brewery lineups for The High Country Hop are looking spectacular. And, ahead of the beer festival itself, the industry will be coming together for a day of insightful sessions and networking opportunities. 

On March 22, Bridge Road Brewers, the Independent Brewers Association and The Crafty Pint will be co-hosting the 2024 High Country Hop Technical Symposium.

Taking place during the Australian hop harvest, the day is the chance to gain valuable insight from indie beer’s peak body, growers, suppliers, technical experts and award-winning brewers.

The day is MC'd by The Crafty Pint and is also a chance for the industry to catch up, share information and network, with the ticket price including lunch and refreshments.


The 2024 Program 

  • 9am – Acknowledgement of Country & Welcome To Beechworth – Will Ziebell (The Crafty Pint)
  • 9.15am – State of the Industry – Kylie Lethbridge (IBA)
  • 10.00am – HPA Crop 2024, Quality Improvements & Experimental Hop Rub 'n’ Sniff – Michael Capaldo (HPA)
  • 10.45am – BREAK
  • 11.00am – Crafting Success: Digital Transformation Drives Brewery Growth - Steve Ansermino (Netsuite)
  • 12.00pm – LUNCH
  • 12.45pm – Tritordeum: Sensory and Technical Exploration - Sam Bethune, (Bintani)
  • 1.45pm – Beer Tourism: Is it a Thing? - a panel featuring Josh Donohoe (Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours), Bess Nolan Cook (CEO Tourism North East),  Jimmy Krekelberg (Good Land Brewing Co)
  • 2:30 pm - Trophy Grade Brewing: Insights from Australia's Champion Hop Forward Brewery - Matt Wilson (Moffat Beach Brewing) and Sam Bethune (Bintani).
  • 3:30pm - Building a Lasting Indie Business - a panel with Katherine Brown (Brown Brothers), Stuart Whytcross, Voyager Malt and Ben Kraus (Bridge Road Brewers)
  • 3:30 pm - Building a Lasting Indie Business
  • 4.30pm – Wrap Up & Thank You

You can view the 2023 presentations and panel sessions here.

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