When The Brewers Journal launched last year, there were approximately 1,300 breweries in the UK. Now, less than a year on, that figure has grown to around 1,600, and it shows no sign of slowing down just yet.
The level of innovation and invention taking place across the sector is astounding, but these success stories do not take place overnight. The effort poured in to breweries to make them sustainable is surely rivalled by very few other industries.
Part of that journey is characterised by the drive to learn more about the craft of brewing, and the art of business. And one of the key reasons UK brewing remains on its upward trajectory has been the sharing of knowledge forged by the community and camaraderie that exists within the sector.
The Brewers Lectures are designed to complement this. To inform, educate and entertain.
Taking place at four venues from this December, the lectures will cover a diverse, but focused remit of ideas and subjects designed to help you improve the business of brewing.
The lectures programme will place the spotlight on the the core issues that impact a brewery, and also on less traditional topics, that might push you, your brewery and our industry in a new direction. Our first series will include a look at brand identity and brand building; going global: understanding export markets; online engagement; spotting trends; leadership: from employee to customer to industry; and the on-trade equation.