The 10th Ibero-American VLB Symposium Brewing & Filling Technology was held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 17 to 19 September and attracted 225 participants. A Spanish language VLB seminar for craft brewers was held as part of the series of events for the first time.
On 28 June, VLB Managing Director Dr. Josef Fontaine handed over the certificates to the participants of this year’s Certified Brewmaster Course. The students had previously spent six intensive months in Berlin. A graduation ceremony with lecturers, friends and families rounded off the official farewell.
“Technology Brewing & Malting” – known in brewing circles as ‘the Kunze’ – has been accompanying countless brewers and maltsters while learning and practicing their trade ever since the first edition was published in 1961.
For the first time in its 136-year history, VLB Berlin is organizing four of its major brewery conferences on four different continents in one single year. Conferences are scheduled for Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Guadalajara (Mexico). The conference in Rust (Germany) already took place.
Dr. Stefan Kreisz (Erdinger Weißbräu) was elected to serve as the new chairman during a meeting of VLB Berlin’s Technical Scientific Committee on 11 March in Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. He succeeds Dr. Dietrich Mönch, who had chaired the committee since 2016. Dr. Paul Panglisch also stepped down after many years as Chairman of the TSC working group for Filling, Packaging, and Utilities.
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