Quick question: Would you like to travel to exotic destinations and learn about beer and spirits?
Based in London, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling offers those types of cool travel-and-learn opportunities. The IBD is a school offering gold-standard technical qualifications and support programs for the beverage alcohol industries, and it hosts awesome events around the world, which you can often Zoom if you can’t attend in person.
There is an Asia Pacific Section of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, and it recently held its 37th bi-annual convention in Adelaide, Australia, March 20-24. with the theme — Celebrating 70 Years, Embracing our History and Innovating for a Sustainable Future. The Adelaide convention included 21 technical sessions across a broad range of subjects (from raw materials and low alcohol to sustainability and people development), while offering attendees the opportunity to explore the capital city of south Australia with its great food, drink and coastline.
It sucks that you probably missed that. You’re busy. We get it. BUT, the IBD Asia Pacific Section just announced its next convention, heading to Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, in 2025. The IBD is expecting to host more than 400 brewers and distillers to the Apple Isle. Could one of them be you? Tasmania has a fine reputation for high-quality beers, spirits and ciders and has an exciting food and beverage industry both in terms of the visitor experience and the quality of goods available on the Island State. From the press release:
“One of the things we’re most excited about is capturing the essence of the world-renowned spirits industry in Tasmania and celebrating the innovation of the brewing industry on the Island State,” said Gary Faulkner, the IBD Asia Pacific Chair.
Dates are not yet confirmed, but the organization is thinking the event will once again be in March. If you’re interested, note that interest right here for more updates. The press release noted that the convention will (among many things) celebrate the deep history of Tasmania’s brewing and distilling scene — places like Cascade Brewery — which is Australia’s oldest brewery, established in the foothills of Kunanyi (Mount Wellington) — and Lark Distillery — established by the godfather of Australian distilling Bill Lark in Hobart in 1992. Plus, the historic hop fields of Tasmania’s Derwent Valley will be flourishing in that March timeframe.
“I am looking forward to seeing you all in Tasmania in 2025. I am sure the Tasmanian brewers, distillers, cider makers and those supporting these industries will put on a fine experience for you,” said Mr Faulkner.
Today Tasmania boasts more than 60 distilleries and upwards of 40 craft breweries alongside the icons of Cascade and James Boag’s Brewery, all creating fabulous, unique beverages well loved by locals and visitors alike. The home for the event will be in Hobart at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on the banks of the Derwent River, with trips out to some of iconic venues in Hobart surrounds. Further details including travel and accommodation packages and details of venues will be available soon.
To register your interest to receive further information, visit https://IBDTas2025.eventbrite.com.au.
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