View of the entrance to CBC 2023

“Agriculture and commerce” | This is the motto of the US state of Tennessee, and craft brewers were certainly able to promote both agriculture and commerce in Nashville at the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and BrewExpo America, held 7–10 May 2023 in the Music City Center. Milk may have been voted the Tennessee state beverage in 2009, but it is the juice of the barley that is consumed on the melodious (and sometimes raucous) evenings downtown on Broadway.

Entrance sign to the 2023 Trends in Brewing symposium in Ghent Einleitungsbild nochmal im Text: nein

15th Trends in Brewing | Since the last Trends in Brewing in 2018, our world has changed dramatically. In view of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine – with its far-reaching consequences – the title of the 15th Trends in Brewing International Malting and Brewing Symposium, held in Ghent in Belgium from 2 – 6 April 2023, was extremely fitting: Brewing in a challenging world – producing quality and affordable beers in a world with scarcity.

View of the exhibition stands at Kibex 2023

International event | The 5th Korea International Beer Expo (Kibex) was successfully held from 6 – 8 April 2023 at COEX in Samsung-dong, Seoul. The event brought together all businesses in the beverage industry value chain, from beer ingredients and brewery equipment and facilities companies to breweries, importers and wholesalers, franchises, and service, education, and media companies.

People visiting the stands at the Beer&Food Attraction (Picture: Italian Exhibition Group)

Increase in visits | The 8th Beer&Food Attraction 2023 took place in Rimini, Italy from 19–22 February 2023. It saw a 12 % increase in total professional visits and an extraordinary 30 % increase in foreign visits compared to 2020.

New and historic beers were on tap at the Virginia Beer Company’s evening event (Photo: Elva Ellen Kowald)

A PROVOCATIVE QUESTION | On November 12–14, 2022, speakers from an array of disciplines – including an archaeologist, a chef, a maltster, many beverage journalists and book authors, as well as professional brewers and historians – gathered at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia to take part in Ales Through the Ages, a unique in-person/virtual conference focused on beer’s place in history.

Asian Woman judging beer (Source: Brewers Association)

High level | The Brewers Association’s Export Development Programme (EDP) announces the global success of its American craft brewery members in three international beer competitions – the Brussels Beer Challenge, European Beer Star Awards and the Japan International Beer Cup.

Europe’s beer sector is optimistic about returning to its pre-pandemic heights (Photo: The Brewers of Europe)

Perspectives | Europe’s beer sector is optimistic about returning to its pre-pandemic heights in 2023, The Brewers of Europe Secretary General Pierre-Olivier Bergeron said today at the ninth edition of Beer Serves Europe in Brussels on December, 8.

Burghard Meyer (VLB) speaking, view to the stage (Source: VLB)

Conference | After the forced break in 2020 and followed by a successful online edition in 2021, the Iberoamerican VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology (IBS) took place for the 12th time, this year from 21–23 November 2022 at the Uberlândia Convention Center in Uberlândia, Brazil.

Brussels Beer Challenge Logo Schild (Foto: Brussels Beer Challenge on flickr)

Within the brewing industry, Belgium boasts a prime international reputation, so what could be more legitimate than for it to host one of the world’s most influential international beer competitions? The Brussels Beer Challenge, which this year is celebrating its 11th anniversary, has just released its results at an awards ceremony which took place on Monday 21 November at the Horeco Expo exhibition in Gand.

Participants of SEA Brew 2022 (photo: SEA Brew)

Industry event | The strong rebound of Asia’s premium beer industry was plain to see from the huge turn out at SEA Brew 2022, Asia’s premier Conference and Trade Fair for the craft brewing & premium beer community. Held on 27-28 October at the Berkeley Hotel Pratunam Bangkok, Thailand. After a 3-year hiatus SEA Brew 2022 witnessed a 20% growth on 2019 attendance.

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