The Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) has released its 2014 Australian Craft Brewers Conference calendar. The event will be held in Melbourne, from 21-22 May 2014, as part of Good Beer Week.

“For ACBC 2014 we have set the bar high for ourselves. We have secured a great new venue and the programme is top class. Our committee has spent many months working on this, trying to find ways to improve on what we did last year and we think we have done that,” said CBIA Chair Dave Bonighton.

“Chief among these changes is the introduction of a keynote address to kick of proceedings. We are extremely fortunate that industry pioneer and legend Phil Sexton has agreed to deliver the inaugural ACBC Keynote,” he continued. “Our industry owes Phil a debt of gratitude for the work he did in establishing craft beer in Australia and we look forward to hearing his views on where we came from and where he sees us heading.”

The conference will feature presentations on the technical aspects of brewing, as well as sales and marketing information sessions. The interactive panels that were a highlight of last year’s event will be returning, along with a breakout room set aside for small, roundtable discussions to allow detailed discussions about some of the more niche aspects of the industry.

Tickets for the conference will cost $200 (+ booking fee) for CBIA members and $350 (+ booking fee) for non-members. This includes entry both days and catered lunches. Tickets are on sale now from the Good Beer Week website.

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