Guest speaker: Brad Cummings


Three of the UK’s most exciting brewers feature in the line-up announced for the second annual national conference and trade show for brewing in Scotland.

Beer Matters will feature sessions with Brad Cummings, co-founder of Tiny Rebel Brewing Co, Jaega Wise, head brewer at Wild Card Brewery, and Richard Burhouse, founder of Magic Rock Brewing.

The conference will also stage a busy trade show from 50 leading brewing related businesses. The programme includes expert sessions on leadership, product development, skills apprenticeships, and recruitment and retention in the sector.

Conference chair Hilary Jones, who is also chair of the Scottish Beer Awards, will also reveal recommendations and outcomes from the recent study of the Scottish Brewing Industry Leadership Group. The group, initiated by Scotland Food and Drink, will reveal its recommendations on how Scottish brewing can double its value to the Scottish economy by 2020.


Jaega Wise

Female perspective: Jaega Wise


Hilary said: “The brewing industry gathers in great support of Beer Matters and this year there is a busy schedule with a diverse range of topics. I very much look forward to reporting on the outcomes of the work of the Brewing Industry Leadership Group, with recommendations in five broad areas of people and skills, supply chain, innovation, marketing, and regulation.

“In addition, we are excited to be hearing from Brad Cummings and other brewers who have experienced rapid growth building craft breweries, and from Jaega Wise who will give us her perspective of being a female head brewer in a fast-growing business.”

The conference and trade show finishes with a happy hour of networking featuring a range of new beers from Scottish brewers which have been prepared and presented in association The Brewers Association of Scotland. The Scottish Beer Awards will follow the conference.


Richard Burhouse

Brewery founder: Richard Burhouse

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