BEERX 2021 Programme Schedule

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Session 1 - 10:00 - 10:45
Welcome and Introduction

Speakers:
James Calder, SIBA

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
SIBA’s Chief Executive James Calder welcomes attendees to the first ever BeerX Online and gives an overview of the key challenges for the sector in 2021 and how SIBA is supporting its members.

James Calder, SIBA
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Session 2 - 11:00 - 11:45
Classic Lager Brewing: Decoction Mash, Methods & Malts

Speakers:
Jeremy Swainson, Utopian

Host:
Close Brothers Brewery Rentals

Session description:
One of the leading lights in the lager revolution, Jeremy Swainson shares his thoughts and production insights on how to brew the perfect lager.

Jeremy Swainson, Utopian
Jeremy is the Head Brewer at Utopian, an award winning lager focused brewery in Mid-Devon, established in 2018. His passion for lager brewing traditions and techniques developed early on during his apprenticeship at Privatbrauerei Bolten, Germany’s oldest Alt beer brewery. He went on to earn his Brewmasters at the Doemens Academy in Munich and then spent two years with the highly successful Camden Town Brewery in London.

Session 3 - 13:00 - 13:45
New hop varieties and utilisation

Speakers:
Luke Kulchstein, EU Marketing Manager, Yakima Chief Hops
James Wilson, Sales manager, Brook House Hops
Paul Corbett, Director, Charles Faram

Host:
Brewers Journal

Session description:
It’s a good time for be a fan of great beer. The role quality hops play in your beer cannot be understated so we’ll be speaking to leading figures in the world of Humulus lupulus to learn more about the varietals to pay attention to in 2021, the benefits of buying local and the road ahead.

Luke Kulchstein, EU marketing manager, Yakima Chief Hops
Luke Kulchstein is a WSET graduate & Certified Cicerone. He’s also the EU marketing manager for Yakima Chief Hops, a 100% grower-owned global supplier of premium quality hops and uncompromising service, centered on sustainably produced hop products and brewing solutions from the Pacific Northwest.

James Wilson, Sales manager, Brook House Hops
Jim Wilson is the sales manager at Brook House Hops in Herefordshire. Brook House Hops use a mixture of the latest technology and traditional farming expertise to grow some of the most aromatic, verdant hops in the world. They also source highest quality hops from the USA and selected UK farms who share the company’s values.

Paul Corbett, Director, Charles Faram
Paul has been the managing director of Charles Faram since 1996 and has been responsible for the development of the company during this time. Whilst in his current role Paul has also served as follows: – Trustee for SIBA from 1997-2001 Chairman of the BFBi Midland Section 1999 BFBi National Chairman in 2009-2011 He is currently: – Chairman of the IBD Hop Industry Committee Chairman of the Hop Merchants Association A Director of BTS (who run the International Brewing Awards).

Session 4 - 14:00 - 14:45
Yeast flavour profile in hop-forward beers

Speakers:
Robert Percival, Lallemand

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
Yeast plays an important role in the brewing of hop-forward beers, particularly New England style where the flavour profile of the yeast itself can add stone-fruit flavours to the finished beer, accentuating the hop characteristics. In this session Lallemand talk us through yeast flavour profiles in hop forward beers including the yeast they developed with Verdant brewery.

Robert Percival, Lallemand
Robert is a qualified brewing professional with extensive experience in quality and technical roles in beer production. Based in the UK and working for yeast specialists Lallemand, Robert’s expertise includes Fermentation and cask beer production. He has won awards working on projects with breweries in the US and Australia and was named IBD young brewer of the year 2013/14. Passionate about beer flavor and sensory science, he is also a Doemans Beer Sommelier graduate.

Tasting Session - 15:00 - 15:45
Tutored beer styles tasting: Low & No Alcohol

Speakers:
Speaker: Joseph Fifield, Muntons Brewing & Distilling Malt Sales Manager and Fabian Clark, Muntons Senior Product Development Technologist, Emma Inch and Jonny Garrett

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
This session will feature four beers from the no and low category – a lager, IPA, stout and sour. The beers in the boxes are not commercially available but are beer styles brewed using Muntons versatile new alcohol-free malt extract. If you didn’t manage to order a box before they ran out you can still buy your choice of no and low beers and join the session to hear more about the general characteristics of each style.

Joe Fifield, Muntons
Joe Fifield is Muntons Brewing and Distilling Malt Sales Manager for London, Southern England and Wales. He joined Muntons as a management trainee after graduating with a degree in Nutrition and Human Health. Joe’s worked as part of the Maltings, Malt Extract and Barley intake teams so has learnt a thing or two along the way.

Fabian Clark, Muntons
Fabian Clark is Muntons Senior Brewing Technologist. He joined Muntons in 2017 after completing a degree in brewing and beverage technology in Germany. As part of his role at Muntons, Fabian has been involved with the development of new malts and malt extracts as well as recipes, trial brewing and sensory evaluation for customers of all sizes.

Jonny Garrett
Jonny Garrett is a beer journalist and documentary maker. As well as running the multi-award-winning Craft Beer Channel – which makes short films about beer, brewing and travel and has over 100,000 subscribers – he writes regularly for national newspapers and Good Beer Hunting. He's also published two books with a third out in Autumn this year.

Emma Inch
Emma Inch is a multi-award-winning freelance writer and audio-maker, and the former British Beer Writer of the Year. She has written for a number of national and international publications, and also produces creative audio and podcasts for the drinks trade. You can find out more about Emma at www.fermentationonline.com and follow her on Twitter at @fermentradio.

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Session 1 - 10:00 - 10:45
Optimising your web shop for better sales conversion

Speaker:
Neil Walker, SIBA

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
With the extended lockdown causing many small brewers to pivot to online sales, and some launching web shops for the first time, SIBA’s Head of Comms & Marketing Neil Walker shares an overview of how to maximise sales online.

Neil Walker - SIBA Head off Comms & Marketing
Neil Walker is SIBA's Head off Comms & Marketing. Specialising in marketing communications in the independent craft beer industry, Neil is a trained journalist, beer writer and accredited beer sommelier who oversees all aspects of promoting and marketing SIBA Member breweries in the UK. He also runs the SIBA Business Awards, Digital Beer Awards, and BeerX Online.

Session 2 - 11:00 - 11:45
Blending & Barrel-Ageing

Speakers:
Rob Lovatt, Production director, Thornbridge Brewery
Chris Pilkington, Head brewer, Põhjala
Colin Stronge, Head brewer, Salt Beer Factory

Host:
Brewers Journal

Session description:
A venerable brewmaster once told us that putting beer in barrel isn’t a magic trick. Barrels won’t suddenly make a bad beer taste great but instead, they can add complexity, flavour and nuance to an already excellent base beer. In this session, we’ll discuss best practice and hear about the experiences these three fine brewers have had in working with beautiful barrels.

Rob Lovatt, Production director, Thornbridge Brewery
Rob once told us that he wants see more educated, skilled brewers creating innovative and exciting beers, brewed using the correct procedures – beers that excite the geeks whilst also making beer more accessible and attractive to all drinkers. And as production director at Thornbridge, his name is a byword for doing just that.

Chris Pilkington, Head brewer, Põhjala
When it comes to stouts, porters and barleywines, there are very few breweries making these as well as Põhjala of Tallinn, Estonia. Regarded and respected for their dark beers, among others, the brewery’s expansive barrel programme and know-how has wielded some of the finest beers in their class.

Colin Stronge, Head brewer, Salt Beer Factory
Colin’s impact in the modern UK brewing industry cannot be underestimated. As head brewer at Salt Beer Factory, he boasts more than a decade’s experience from his time at Northern Monk, Buxton Brewery Company, Marble Brewery and Black Isle Brewery, brewing a diverse and excellent range of styles along the way.

Session 3 - 13:00 - 13:45
Improve your brewery tours and taproom tastings

Speaker:
Melissa Cole, Beer Sommelier

Host:
Kegstar

Session description:
Award-winning beer writer and Beer Sommelier Melissa Cole offers practical advice on how to up your game when it comes to brewery tours as well as how to host the perfect taproom tasting.

Melissa Cole
Melissa Cole’s passion in life is getting people to learn as little, or as much, as they want about what she considers the finest social lubricant known to humankind - beer. As a Certified Cicerone© and Beer Sommelier she is regularly invited to judge beer competitions Worldwide, and is also recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in beer and food pairing, and cooking with beer. Last year saw the publication of her latest book The Beer Kitchen. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCole

Session 4 - 14:00 - 14:45
Deposit Return Schemes are coming to the UK – what you need to know to start preparing your brewery business

Speakers:
Barry Watts, SIBA

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
Sell in small pack? Then this session is not to be missed. Deposit Return Schemes are coming to the UK and brewers need to start preparing. The Scottish scheme is due to be introduced next year with England, Wales and Northern Ireland following close behind. SIBA’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Barry Watts, will guide you through what you need to know to get your brewery ready.

Barry Watts, SIBA
Barry Watts is SIBA's Head of Public Affairs & Policy. Barry represents independent brewers in Government, fighting for a better deal for Britain's brewers. Most recently this can be seen in SIBA's work to protect and extend of Small Breweries' Relief, as well as gain Government support for brewers impacted by Covid.

Session 5 - 15:00 - 15:45
Insights in NEIPA, Brut IPA & Yeast

Speakers:
Gino Baart, Fermentis

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
Find out how selecting the best yeast for NEIPA and Brut IPA can help you brew better, more flavourful beers. Based on extensive sensory analysis studies this session will highlight brand new research on yeast-hop interactions and the impact of hopping regime on beer flavour.

Gino Baart, Fermentis
Dr. Gino Baart (1973) is a brewing professional with strong expertise in microbial cell physiology, cell metabolism and industrial biotechnology, has a background in Food, Nutrition & Biotechnology (PhD), Bioprocess Engineering (MSc) and Chemical Engineering (BSc), loves fermentation and is a passionate home brewer. With more than 20 years of experience in academic, technical and managerial roles at research institutes and universities, he now supports brewers, distillers and winemakers with getting the best out of the fermentation process using Fermentis products.

Tasting Session - 16:00 - 16:45
Tutored beer styles tasting: Best Bitter, Porter & English Barley Wine

Speaker:
Natalya Watson, Beer Educator

Host:
SIBA

Natalya Watson
Natalya Watson is a beer educator, Beer Sommelier, and Advanced Cicerone® passionate about sharing her knowledge of beer with others because she believes that beer is simply too delicious to remain undiscovered. She's the founder of Virtual Beer School, host of the 'Beer with Nat' podcast, and author of Beer: Taste the Evolution in 50 Styles. Follow her on social @beerwithnat or find out more at beerwithnat.com.

Thursday 18th March 2021

Session 1 - 10:00 - 10:45
Modern Beer Businesses Must Move Beyond Functional Hedonism - Why Facing Vulnerable People and Social Justice is our Future

Speaker:
Paul Jones, Cloudwater

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
We hear from Cloudwater MD Paul Jones about the ethos that underpins his business and the need for the small independent brewing community to support those around them.

Paul Jones (Cloudwater)
Paul Jones is the owner and Managing Director of Cloudwater Brew Co, a six year old craft brewery in Manchester. With a passion for people-centred business, and imagining business beyond capitalism, Paul’s work self-imposes difficult questions with the intention of sparking much-needed critique of the current state of modern beer in the UK and of what it’s future holds.

Session 2 - 11:00 - 11:45
Brewing great tasting No and Low alcohol beers

Speaker:
Rob Fink, Big Drop

Host:
Kegstar

Session description:
As the boom in No and Low products continues, Rob Fink, the MD of market leading No and Low specialist Big Drop, shares the challenges and solutions to making beers taste great with little or no alcohol content.

Rob Fink (Big Drop)
In 2016 Rob Fink founded the world’s first company to focus entirely on brewing alcohol-free craft beer – Big Drop Brewing Co. A lawyer at the time, he had recently become a father and was looking to cut back on the booze but could not find any decent alternatives to his favourite craft beers. Big Drop now sells its beers in 12 countries, brewing in four of them and has won over 60 international beer awards. This includes four times being judged the ‘World’s Best’ at the World Beer Awards and - the ‘Holy Grail’ of any AF drink - winning medals against full-strength rivals in blind tastings.

Session 3 - 13:00 - 13:45
What does the future hold for SBR?

Speaker:
Eddie Gadd, Gadds’ Brewery

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
Hosted by SIBA’s James Calder, this session sees Eddie Gadd offer an overview of the current Government review of Small Breweries’ Relief and where it might take the small brewing sector in the coming months.

Eddie Gadd (Gadds’ Brewery)
Eddie graduated in engineering from Imperial College in the late 80s and switched careers to brewing in the early 90s. The Firkin Brewery employed him as a brewer in London before seconding him to Allied Domecq Int who sent him to France and Holland to help establish a chain of European brewpubs. Five years later Eddie moved his family back to the UK and established The Ramsgate Brewery, beginning production in 2002. He owns a curious affection for fairly simple maths.

Session 4 - 14:00 - 14:45
Embracing the small pack opportunity

Speaker:
Theo Freyne, Deya Brewing Company
Julie O’Grady, Head of sales and events, Neptune Brewery
Sally Stewart, Co-founder, Brick Brewery

Host:
Brewers Journal

Session description:
The last 12 months have shown that the small pack proposition is integral in ensuring your beers can reach the consumer. We speak to the founders of several UK breweries on the key role small pack plays in their business and how 2020 has impacted their approach to distributing and packaging their beers.

Theo Freyne, Founder, Deya Brewing Company
Theo is the founder of Cheltenham-based Deya. Brewing beers on its 40hl four-vessel brewhouse, Deya go from strength-to-strength producing a wealth of popular hop-forward pales and IPAs alongside traditional lagers, English styles and mixed-ferm beers.

Julie O’Grady, Head of sales and events, Neptune Brewery
Julie is the head of sales and events at Liverpool’s Neptune Brewery. Based in Maghull, the company was recently awarded Best Brewery in Merseyside, as well as Best Beer for their pale ale, Mosaic, at the RateBeer Best awards. Since 2015, the outfit have been brewing quality beer that is both traditional and modern as well as unfined, unfiltered, and vegan friendly.

Sally Stewart, Co-founder, Brick Brewery
Having worked with brands for over 22 years, Sally brings the skills she has garnered across different industries, to Brick, which is the result of a long and passionate journey for her family. Focusing on strategy and brand direction, this last year has certainly been a challenge and adaptability has been key, but through such challenges, it has also brought opportunities and the chance to do things differently.

Session 5 - 15:00 - 15:45
Craft: Undefinable, hopelessly misunderstood, and absolutely essential

Speakers:
Pete Brown, Beer Writer

Host:
SIBA

Session description:
Around the world, brewers and their trade bodies are rebranding themselves away from “Craft brewing” and replacing this contentious term with “independent brewing.” Are craft and independence the same thing? Has craft really become a meaningless term as many people suggest? If craft still does have a role, what does it actually mean as some craft brewers grow to become large scale, and others sell out to corporate breweries?

Pete Brown tackled these and other questions in Craft: An Argument, a book written and self-published in the first Covid lockdown. Here he defends a term that he describes as “completely undefinable, hopelessly misunderstood and absolutely essential,” arguing that it deserves to be treated separately from the issue of independence and ownership.

As the book’s title suggests, it’s unlikely you’ll agree with everything he has to say.

Pete Brown, Beer Writer
Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer, pubs, cider, bacon rolls and fish and chips. Across twelve books, his broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards, and in 2020 was named an “Industry Legend” at the Imbibe Hospitality Awards. Pete is currently Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers. He lives in London with his wife Liz, and dog Mildrid.

Tasting Session - 16:00 - 16:45
Tutored beer styles tasting: Lager, Saison and NEIPA

Speaker:
Paul Davies, Beer Sommelier

Paul Davies (AleHunters)
Since leaving Fuller's towards the end of 2018, Paul founded his beer tours and events business AleHunters. Since lockdown, tours in London and to Belgium have been put on hiatus while tasting events have moved on-line and have been very popular, including attendees from the US, Africa and EU. An accredited Beer Sommelier, Certified Cicerone® and beer judge, Paul is looking forward to when he can get back to resuming live events.

Final Session - 18:00 - 19:00
SIBA Business Awards 2021

Presenter:
Jonny Garrett, Craft Beer Channel

Host:
SIBA & Brewers Congress

Presentation of the SIBA Business Awards 2021, presented by Jonny Garrett, co-creator of the Craft Beer Channel and the British Guild of Beer Writers' 'Beer Writer of the Year 2020'. Hosted by SIBA and Brewers Congress.

The SIBA Business Awards seek to congratulate excellence in the brewing industry across a variety of categories, from pump clip, can and bottle design, to efforts taken by brewers to make their business more eco-friendly, innovative or successful, as well as naming the UK’s best bars, restaurants and retailers of craft beer from independent breweries.

The award for UK’s Best Independent Craft Beer Taproom will also return in 2021 following its introduction last year. The new categories forCovid Brewery InitiativeandCovid Supplier Initiativeseek to highlight those businesses making the best of a very tough situation for independent breweries, pubs, bars and bottle shops, and the communities they support.

“2020 has been an incredibly tough year for independent breweries but what has been hugely impressive has been the ability of businesses to adapt and overcome the pressures of Covid, and the many obstacles that have been thrown at them. We are acknowledging this changing environment with the introduction of two new categories specifically relating to Coronavirus, but I equally look forward to seeing the entries across our other categories as lots of amazing work has flown under the radar this year. The independent brewing industry may be under attack on many fronts, but so many breweries are proving they can meet any challenge put in their way, and these awards seek to highlight and reward those businesses.”

Neil Walker, SIBA Business Awards Chair of Judges.

Speaker: Person/s delivering the seminar session content

Host: The moderator of the session. Introduces the speaker and takes questions at the end etc