Brewers of Europe Forum
T Europe has long been, and remains, the most exciting beer territory on the planet. On the Old Continent, you can find the traditional beer powerhouses: Belgium, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic. You can add in some up-and-coming beer cultures too: the Netherlands, France and Italy for example. The brewing kettles are also bubbling up in the periphery: beer is hot in the cold north and hip in the former Eastern Bloc. In short: the whole European beer sector is fizzing.
As part of the Brewers of Europe Forum, we have gathered together some of the most interesting and insightful voices in the beer sector to give context to the statre of beer in 2019 and beyond, not just in Europe but in Asia and in America. Heading into, and coming out of the conference in June, they will be posting in-depth, varied and topical dispatches from their region here. The conference blog will highlight the fact that the Brewers of Europe Forum is more than just a conference and a tradeshow. It is real forum that, we hope, creates a meeting point for industry specialists.
2019 has been a big year for European beer. The revival in brewing across the continent has continued relatively unabated. The whispers about drinkers’ growing interest in low- and non-alcoholic beer became an unavoidable [...]
Michelle Wang Chinese traditional beer culture was known as the “Gan Bei” beer culture. A lot of expats when they are drinking with Chinese friends, they think Gan Bei means “Cheers”, but actually in China, we don’t [...]
Axel Cleenewerck There are more and more brewers. Fortunately for them, their growth is mirrored by the growth in beershops – a relief for producers, who are as a result assured of being able to [...]
Jaime Ojeda In South America’s short beer history, there are few breweries that have successfully pioneered the craft beer movement. In Argentina, exists a brewery that has cracked the code to becoming a part [...]
Stephen Beaumont In general, attempting to predict the future is a fool’s errand. Attempting to predict the future of the beer market, however, well, that’s just nuts. Unfortunately for your humble scribe, editors have [...]
Pierre-Olivier Bergeron Antwerp was on 3 and 4 June this year the place to be for Europe’s brewers. Over 1000 producers, suppliers and interested parties engaged in two days of discussions that ranged from [...]
Maurizio Maestrelli At the time of my writing, Italy can count on more than 800 microbreweries and brewpubs, and more than 200 beer firms. Considering that, before 1995, my country had practically no craft [...]
Jaime Ojeda We all love to pop into our favourite dive bar and enjoy two or three pints at the end of the day. Perhaps we drink while watching the game or playing darts. [...]
What has already established itself in many European breweries is now being introduced gradually in Germany – a voluntary labelling commitment, on the recommendation of the German brewing associations: Reporting the calorific value on [...]
Luc De Raedemaeker Just under a century ago, in his magnum opus ‘The Decline of the West’, Oswald Spengler, a German cultural philosopher, tried to encompass the entire history of humanity. Unsurprisingly, his meandering [...]
Stephen Beaumont Cereal and souring, lactose and lager. Four words that might not quite do full justice to the current state of the craft beer market in North America, but neither fall far wide [...]
Members of the committee
Born and raised in Brussels, Luc De Raedemaeker was quick to appreciate the offerings from our Zenne valley: geuze and lambic. He acquired his taste for beer as a student bartender. And just as all young beer must mature, so the budding connoisseur’s expertise grew as he trained in Belgium and around the world.
He’s now a lecturer in zythology, chief editor of Bier Grand Cru and Honorable chief editor of “The Beer Link”. His debut book “The Belgian Beer Book” has been hailed as the perfect guide to Belgian beer and beer culture. He’s a regular speaker at food and beer festivals all over the world. Luc is also the co-founder and director of the Brussels Beer Challenge, a prestigious international beer competition.
Beer journalist and author, Maurizio is a writer for Il Sole 24 Ore, Bargiornale, Gambero Rosso, Il Mondo della Birra. He is the author of “BIRRE” and “Speakeasy. Most secret bars around the world” and contributor to “1001 Beers You Must Try before You Die” and “Pocket Beer Book”.
Maurizio is the founder and director of Milano Beer Week and an international beer judge at the Brussels Beer Challenge, World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, Birra dell’Anno.