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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hop processing St. Johann GmbH | BarthHaas and HVG Hopfenverwertungsgenossenschaft mark the opening of the new extraction plant in St. Johann, Germany with a formal ceremony. Along with the First Minister of Bavaria, Dr. Markus Söder, invitees include the Deputy First Minister and Bavarian Secretary of Commerce, Hubert Aiwanger, and numerous guests from the worlds of politics and business, as well as the employees at the plant.

Russia | Russian liquor store chains have adopted the Starbucks strategy: they have opened outlets in suburban areas close to where shoppers live. This year, specialised liquor chains have maintained their opening rates at almost last year’s rate, the Russian newspaper Delovoy Petersburg reported on 2 November.

World champions | A highlight of this year's drinktec in Munich was certainly the World Championship of Beer Sommeliers, in which the know-how of the participants is tested and evaluated in various rounds. The winner will be the one who best conveys the message of beer culture and its diversity. Markus Fohr took part as a participant and was able to qualify for the final. He has summarised his experiences for BRAUWELT International.

Extensive programme of talks | Every four years the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and Master Brewers Association of the Americas hold their joint Brewing Summit. This year the brewing industry met in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island (USA), from 14–16 August 2022, to discuss the latest trends, developments and challenges in brewing today.