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BeerX UK 2019: Returning to Liverpool

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, will be hosting BeerX UK for a second year running at the ACC Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. The two day event will take place on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th March 2019 and is open to SIBA member and non-member breweries alike, as well as representatives from brewing industry businesses and the media.

Featuring a packed schedule of expert workshops, panel debates, networking opportunities, an expanded exhibition from suppliers of products and services, and the SIBA AGM – plus a trade-only beer showcase exclusively featuring award winning independent craft beers in cask, keg, bottle & can – BeerX UK 2019 is back bigger and better than ever at the fantastic purpose-built Exhibition Centre Liverpool. All this within one massive space. 

Its location in Liverpool gives easy access to more than 5,000 hotel rooms within a 20 minute walk of the Exhibition Centre, good transport links from most major cities in Britain and across the world from Manchester Airport; and plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants to socialise in after a hard, but enjoyable, day’s work at BeerX UK!

What’s new for 2019?

New & Improved SIBA National Independent Beer Awards

The National Independent Beer Awards taking place at BeerX represent the culmination of a year’s worth of regional beer competitions and are where the very best of the best independent craft beers in the UK will be crowned.

A shake-up of the categories this year has seen more modern, current beer styles such as session IPA, New England IPA and sour or spontaneously fermented beers be judged in the competition, whilst continuing to support classic British bitters, milds, porters and stouts. The competition categories now better reflect the diverse nature of the British beer market and BeerX UK 2019 will be the first National finals featuring these updated style categories.

What’s more, delegates and exhibitors at BeerX UK 2019 will get the chance to be the first people anywhere in the UK to taste the 2019 winning beers in our trade-only beer showcase – spread across 8 regional bars right in the heart of the exhibition space.

Expanded ‘Fringe Events’ schedule

A range of fringe events, tap takeovers and beer launches took place around BeerX UK in 2018 so this year SIBA are doing everything they can to promote and support these events as an integral part of the BeerX experience.

If you’re running an event that you would like SIBA to promote as part of BeerX UK 2019 – on the website, social media and even in the event programme – then email membership@siba.co.uk for more info. It’s free of charge!

A packed schedule of fresh, exciting workshops

Organisers listened to feedback from last year to further improve the packed schedule of workshops, debates and presentations that make BeerX UK a must-attend for British brewing professionals.

In 2019 the workshop content will focus on what you’ve told us are the two most important things to your breweries: ‘Brewing the best beer possible’, and improving ‘the Business of Brewing’. We want you do that really important job that just never gets done – something you put off because there is always something else more important!

With expert speakers and brand-new content scheduled around these two core ideas we are confident that 2019 is going to be your best BeerX ever, so keep an eye out for updates to the programme online and make sure you mark your diaries with everything you want to attend.

Visit beerx.org for more info

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