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Everything from May 2013


The science of beer - BBPA at EBC 2013


Following the success of EBC 2011 in Glasgow, BBPA staff were once again present at Europe's premier, bi-annual brewing science showcase; The Congress of the European Brewing Convention. The 34th EBC Congress this week was hosted in the historical city of Luxembourg at the Lux Congrès Centre.

John Sergeant to host the 2013 BBPA Annual Dinner & Awards!


Our host for this year's event is a unique media personality, with decades of his life spent covering hard news. He later put in the hours on that slightly less high brow TV institution, Strictly Come Dancing. I, for one, cannot forget his grace and poise...

Happy birthday Wadworth 6X


Friday the 24th of May saw the celebration of the 90th birthday of Wadworth's flagship beer brand, 6X. The 'party' was held at Coopers' Hall in the City of London, a place steeped in brewing heritage, as displayed in the Hall’s museum . The casks made by the Coopers have carried beer to thirsty drinkers for centuries, some of which are still on display. Our host for the day was Wadworth's Chairman, Charles Bartholomew, the great-grandson of the company's founder, Henry Wadworth.

Efficiency and environmental impact – what can members learn from Coca Cola


The brewing industry has made significant progress in tackling energy efficiency, water use and waste levels more generally. However, learning from other industries is a great way to gain ideas and inspiration. Eager to learn more, the BBPA Environment Panel, comprising environment and engineering specialists, held its latest meeting on-site at the Coca Cola Plant in Wakefield.

BII Annual Lunch - judging Licensee of the Year


It was all the more special to attend the BII Annual Lunch this year, as I had been asked to be a judge for the final six candidates for the Licensee of the Year. My role on a panel with the previous year’s winner Madhis Neghabian and Kate Oppenheim, the new Editor of BII Business was to ask questions about social responsibility. It was a very heartening experience. So many of the six shortlisted licensees really did take their social responsibility seriously. They knew about unit awareness, reducing the strength of house wines and 2.8% beers. They looked after their customers and cared about their welfare. Ashley and Kelly McCarthy of Ye Old Sun Inn in Colton, near York were worthy winners this year.

The Worldwide Brewing Alliance meets in Geneva for health strategy discussions


With the World Health Assembly just a week away, the Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) , which I currently chair, held a productive beer reception in Geneva on Monday evening. The event was a final opportunity to discuss the WHO Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Global Action Plan which is due to be ratified at the forthcoming Assembly. It was also an opportunity to showcase the actions being taken by brewers across the world to tackle the harmful use of alcohol.

Cracking holiday at home, Gromit!


Of the UK’s tourist income, 80% comes from those who choose to holi...

EMROs vs. Partnership – there should only be one winner


Last week’s decision by Hartlepool Borough Council’s licensing comm...

The historical burdens of regulation – we can lighten the load


Beer’s first clear mention in regulatory history was in, none other than, the Magna Carta, when, in 1215, standard measures were first introduced. Pubs got their first mention in 1285’s Statuta Civitatis London, which restricted opening hours.

Brewing and Beer Brands Forum


The Worshipful Company of Brewers hold a series of four short talks each year, followed by dinner under the title of Brewing and Beer Brands and I was delighted to be invited last night in Brewer's Hall (no excuse for being late!)

Unit Awareness – it’s all about choice


Some licensees, already under pressure to keep their business afloat in a challenging economic climate, may see the Customer Unit Awareness posters(and the other downloadable materials), recently circulated by Sky Sports, as pointless. They might even be tempted to chuck them in the bin.

Visit Britain's new tourism strategy


Visit Britain, which promotes inbound tourism to the UK, launched a new strategy this week, which I was really pleased to attend.