The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Zephyr Conferences announced in 2016 the first-ever Beer Now Conference to take place in March 17-19 in Sheffield, England in 2017. The conference is focused on “marketing, tourism, and communications” in the modern beer industry.
The conference will take place at ICESheffield, the same venue as and coinciding with Beer Alive, SIBA’s national beer and brewing event. Because Beer Alive primarily focuses on issues related to brewing, having Beer Now co-located in Sheffield will broaden the scope of the events to also cover the marketing side of today’s beer industry, which has changed dramatically in recent decades.
“We are extremely pleased to be hosting the Beer Now Conference at Beer Alive in 2017”, stated SIBA Director of Operations Nick Stafford, “the addition of the Beer Now conference widens the scope even further and brings its own audience of beer bloggers and writers who are so influential to our industry.”
The beer bloggers and beer writers referred to come from the European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (EBBC), which operated the last six years in various European cities including London, Dublin, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Zephyr Conferences, the organizer of the EBBC, elected to broaden the scope of the conference to include industry representatives and change the name to Beer Now.
“Beer Now, with its focus on marketing, tourism, and communications, will still be extremely applicable to beer bloggers and writers,” said Zephyr Conferences president Allan Wright. “We are not losing our focus on this audience. At the same time, the expanded content and the opportunity to interact with these beer writers should be of great interest to marketing and communications professionals in the beer industry.”