The UK’s first ever home brew conference and expo, Brew Con London, will return to Oval Space on November 24 for the largest gathering of home brewers, industry experts, retailers, distributors and manufacturers of brewing gear and ingredients.
The event was well attended last year, launched via a successful crowdfunding campaign by Simon Pipola, co-founder of Beer Boars.
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.”
The 2017 event featured live talks from a number of industry figures, including a passionate keynote speech from Stu McKinlay, of Yeastie Boys, talks on key styles from beer writer Des De Moor, and inspirational ‘going pro’ talks from Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing and Pete Hughes of Brewhouse & Kitchen.
This year’s Brew Con London promises to feature another stellar line-up, with talks from the technical and educational to the inspirational and entertaining.
Having moved the event date to a Saturday and secured the Pickle Factory, located opposite Oval Space, as the talk theatre venue, Simon is enthusiastic about this year’s events potential.
He said: “We asked for feedback from the inaugural event and got almost 100 replies. We listened to what people liked, and what we could improve, and we acted on that. Brew Con is a community event and its direction will always be led by the home brew community.”
Two hundred early bird tickets went on sale yesterday at a discounted rate of £12.50, which includes entrance to the expo, talks and various workshops around the main event.
Alongside Brew Con London, Beer Boars will also be hosting the Brew Con World Series II. This accompanying home brew competition will see hundreds of amateur brewers battle it out over three rounds for the chance to win some great prizes and beer trips.
Last year, Simon Gladding won a trip to Portland USA for this year’s Home Brew Con, courtesy of Muntons Malt. The World Series champion brewer, James Wilson, who scored the most points across all his entries, was flown to Copenhagen for a brew day at renowned Mikeller brewpub, Warpigs.
Brew Con World Series launches next week, on April 12, with the the champion brewer prize announced on the day.