Burghard Meyer (VLB) speaking at the 12th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology (Photo: VLB)

Practical approach | Since 2008, VLB Berlin organizes this technical conference, especially focused on the Iberoamerican beer sector. The 13th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology (IBS) 2023 will take place on this occasion in Bogotá, Colombia at Hotel Cosmos 100 from September 4 to September 6, 2023. The symposium will be held in English and/or Spanish with simultaneous translation.

View of the bell tower, Lille, France (Photo by Diane Picchiottino on Unsplash)

Europe | The 39th EBC Congress, together with the Brewers Forum, will be held in Lille, France from 26 to the 30 May 2024. As is customary, the EBC programme of the joint Lille 2024 event will rely exclusively on technical contributions from the brewing scientific community and EBC stakeholders and will cover a a wide variety of brewing scientific topics and brewery technological aspects. Abstracts can be submitted from from Monday, 17 July, until Tuesday, 17 October 2023.

Ljubljana was the venue for this year’s International Hop Growers’ Convention

IHGC in Ljubljana | This year’s hop meeting from June 25 to 29 in Ljubljana broke all previous records: with over 80 participants from 15 countries, 36 talks and 20 posters, it was the best-attended event staged by the Scientific-Technical Commission of the International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC).

A lot of different empty glass bottles in front of an already full recycling container (Photo: Aleksandr Kadykov on Unsplash)

Brussels | The EU average collection of glass packaging for recycling was 80.1% in 2021, according to the latest data released in July by Close the Glass Loop, an industry action platform to unite the glass collection and recycling value chain.

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.

Open book in front of a stack of books (Photo: Mikolay on Unsplash)

New Editor-in-Chief | In June 2023, Inge Russell steps down as Editor-in-Chief of JASBC after five years of impressive service to ASBC's author community. She passes the torch to Scott Britton.

Impressions from the 1st Africa Brewing Conference 2019 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (Photo: Mekbib Tadesse)

Practical approach | The 4th VLB Africa Brewing Conference (ABC) will take place in Douala, Cameroon, from 12–14 June 12 2023. The conference is specially tailored to African brewers, dealing with current issues and taking on a practical approach, as is characteristic of VLB conferences.

Hop plant

Hop analysis | In order to test the performance of the analytical methods for hops, the Working Group of Hop Analysis AHA organises collaborative analyses worldwide. The AHA Collaborative Trial portfolio 2023 includes methods of analysis recently published in EBC Analytica, as well as an annual interlaboratory trial for the quantification of hop-derived aroma compounds in (dry-hopped) beer.

Different hands holding each other and forming knots (Photo: Marlis Trio Akbar on Unsplash)

DEI | The Brewers of Europe are delighted to announce the launch of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) database, which will serve as a hub for showcasing best practices from European brewers and value chain partners. This database will allow others within the sector to take inspiration and drive further and more effective uptake of DEI practices across the industry.

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