The UK’s first ever home brew conference and expo, Brew Con, will return to London on Saturday, November 24.

The gathering of home brewers, industry experts, retailers, distributors and manufacturers of brewing gear and ingredients will be held at Oval Space in Bethnal Green.

It was well attended last year, with a large number of amateur and pro brewers in attendance, alongside plenty of would-be brewers curious to learn.

Brew Con was launched last year after a successful crowdfunding campaign by Simon Pipola, avid home brewer and events manager at popular London craft beer venue, the Beer Merchants Tap.

He said: “The home brewing community has grown exponentially over the last few years, in the wake of the ongoing craft beer revolution we are seeing across the UK. We believed the time was right to reach out to all the pockets of home brewers and home brew clubs and bring everyone together.”

 

Industry heavyweights

 

This year’s event will see a plethora of beer industry heavyweights leading talks, including a keynote talk from Jaega Wise, head brewer of Wild Card Brewery and regular BBC contributor.

Other talks will be by British Guild of Beer Writers chairman Pete Brown, Melissa Cole, John Keeling, and Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing, among others.

The talks will be held in the Pickle Factory, a second venue located opposite Oval Space, which will mean there will room for more exhibitors, a bigger bar and a pop-up home brew shop in the main hall. Established brewing industry companies will be alongside home brew equipment and ingredient retailers and brewing system manufacturers.

Alongside Brew Con London, there will also be an accompanying home brew competition, the Brew Con World Series II. This will see hundreds of amateur brewers battle for the chance to win some great prizes and beer trips.

Last year’s prizes included a trip to Portland, Oregon, for the American Home Brew Con, and a trip to Copenhagen to brew at the world famous Warpigs.

 

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