The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has announced its annual BeerX event is to return to Sheffield for its fourth year in 2016. The flagship beer industry event will take place at iceSheffield, located near the Sheffield Arena tram stop, from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th March 2016. BeerX will once again combine SIBA’s AGM, a trade exhibition, seminars, keynote speakers and business awards for SIBA members throughout the week. It will also open its doors to the Festival of Beer to enable consumers to attend and try hundreds of SIBA award-winning beers. Nick Stafford, SIBA’s operations director, said: “BeerX has firmly planted its roots in Sheffield and the city has really embraced it. As well as BeerX hosting important events for our members we also have plans to make the Festival of Beer bigger and better this year. “We’ve seen beer tasting and food pairing sessions increase in popularity each year, so we are running more of these and giving the public additional unique opportunities to interact with brewers and industry experts. We will have a variety of brewery bars at which people can meet the brewers themselves.” BeerX will open its doors to the public for longer this year for the Festival of Beer. Ale lovers will be able to visit the infamous 30 metre bar to sup from over 250 beers from the Wednesday evening, the night of the SIBA National Brewing Awards, with sessions then running every day until Saturday. Friday night’s headline music act will be former Inspiral Carpets lead singer Tom Hingley, supported by soul/Motown aficionados Vernon Lewis & E-Maculate. Saturday will once again show all the final Six Nations Rugby matches live on a giant screen, followed by live music from Sheffield supergroup The Bootleggers. BeerX is also becoming an event for foodies, with an increased and more diverse street food offering planned for 2016. Over 6,000 visitors are expected to attend BeerX throughout the week, including conference delegates, trade exhibitors and beer festival goers. Tickets for the festival are priced at £8 in advance and £10 on the door, with a £2 discount for students, CAMRA members and the Armed Forces who book in advance. They can be purchased in advance via the wegottickets and SIV websites from Friday 13th November. With further details still to be announced, beer lovers can get up-to-date news about the event on the BeerX Facebook page – facebook.com/BeerXSheffield – and follow @SIBA_BeerX on twitter for announcements and ticket giveaways.