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Adelaide brews up huge craft beer week

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Adelaide will be at the centre of the craft beer galaxy in July when it hosts five major brewing events in the same week.

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The events kick off on July 25, with brewery tours and a three-day trade expo at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The two-day Australian Craft Brewers Conference, also at the Convention Centre, begins the following day and culminates with the Craft Beer Awards at Adelaide Oval in the evening of July 27.

Then the Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards
 presentation will begin the three-day Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival on Friday, July 28.

In its third year, the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival will run from July 28-30 at the Adelaide Showground and is said to include the largest and most diverse line-up of brewers and cider makers ever assembled in South Australia.

More than 60 beer and cider brands will headline the main beer hall and the “ABBF IPA Soundsystem” will have 20 rotating IPA taps pouring beers that have never been seen on tap in South Australia, some never in the country.

The barbecue side of the festival will be headlined by larger-than-life Canadian chef Matty Matheson, while Regurgitator, Hockey Dad and Ali Barter will pump out the tunes across the three days.

Event director Gareth Lewis says having the festival in the same week as the national craft beer conference and awards in Adelaide offers a great chance to boost the event’s profile.

“This year ABBF has a huge opportunity to show its wares as a festival and
 the brewing industry in SA as a whole, on a national scale,” he says.

“We have really amped up the event and can’t wait to show it off in July.”

More than 400 brewers from around Australia are expected to attend the Australian Craft Brewing Conference. It is the first time the event will be held in Adelaide and it will feature renowned brewer, academic, teacher and author Charles Bamforth as its keynote speaker.

Known as the “Pope of Foam”, Dr Bamforth is a statesman of the international brewing industry after a distinguished career as an academic.

Dr Bamforth is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, is on the editorial boards of several other journals and has published innumerable papers, articles and books on beer and brewing.

His recent scientific contributions have included the third of a six-part series on beer quality titled Freshness.

The conference program has two streams: the business of beer; and brewery operations. The trade expo sits alongside the conference and is the only one of its kind dedicated to servicing the Australian beer industry.

Craft brewers – from those in the start-up stage to more established national set-ups – will be catered for at the CBIA conference. Different business models will be examined and there will be a big focus on ways to maintain quality through growth.  The trade expo continues to grow in reputation and this year will be the largest yet with more than 50 exhibitors representing the entire brewing supply chain.

The Craft Beer Awards will be presided over by 40 of Australia’s best judges who will sample more than 600 of the nation’s finest brews.

This article was first published on The Lead.

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