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Jun
28
2016

What to expect from Beer Boot Camp 2016

Established in 2015 with the aim of offering brewers and beer enthusiasts the chance to learn about beer, taste it, and engage with other beer lovers, the second Beer Boot Camp is about to hit Johannesburg and, for the first time, Cape Town too. If you've got even the most cursory interest in brewing – whether for personal or commercial purposes – this is the not-to-be-missed event on the annual beer calendar.

<p>Beer Boot Camp is essential for budding and experienced beer brewers alike&nbsp;(Image: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BeerBootCamp/photos">Beer Boot Camp</a>)</p>

Beer Boot Camp is essential for budding and experienced beer brewers alike (Image: Beer Boot Camp)

"This year we have six top presenters representing five different countries around the world," says Beer Boot Camp coordinator Wendy Pienaar. "They're all experts in their fields, and include best-selling beer book authors, technical hop and yeast specialists, master brewers and serial beer entrepreneurs."

The impressive speaker line-up comprises creative consultant Randy Mosher, award-winning beer writer Pete Brown, Hops Academy head Christina Schönberger, Devil's Peak Brewing Company head brewer JC Steyn, master brewer and CEO of Hawkers Beer Mazen Hajjar and White Labs vice president of operations Neva Parker. 

<p>Don&#39;t miss the insights of Devil&#39;s Peak head brewer, JC Steyn&nbsp;(Image: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BeerBootCamp/photos">Beer Boot Camp</a>)</p>

Don't miss the insights of Devil's Peak head brewer, JC Steyn (Image: Beer Boot Camp)

Beer Boot Camp offers delegates both a learning and a trade space.

The learning space provides practical sessions that include group discussions and break-away elective sessions. The elective sessions fall into two categories: the home brewer and the experienced or commercial brewer, ensuring that information offered during these respective sessions is targeted to each audience.

"The trade show will be larger this year," says Pienaar, "and it will be where delegates get to see the latest brewing paraphernalia in action, meet brewing-supply retailers, purchase merchandise and brewing supplies, and have the chance to ask advice from the experts whose products they use. 

"The trade show will also be where delegates can meet some of the top beer book authors, buy their books and get them signed, and where they will have a chance to meet some of South Africa's top craft brewers and learn more about their beer."

Beer Boot Camp is about raising awareness about beer brewing, sharing knowledge and experience, inspiring brewers and enthusiasts to new heights, improving the quality of South African beer and building relationships between South African brewers, service providers and the extended brewing community.

The day includes two catered breaks and lunch. 

<p>Beer Boot Camp hosted beer guru John Palmer has been on&nbsp;a&nbsp;World of Beer beer tour (Image: <a href="http://www.worldofbeer.co.za/blog/entry/the-world-of-beer-welcomes-brewing-guru-john-palmer">SAB World of Beer</a>)</p>

Beer Boot Camp hosted beer guru John Palmer has been on a World of Beer beer tour (Image: SAB World of Beer)

Here are the details once again, just in case you don't yet have them highlighted in your diary in bright red as a do-not-miss-this event:

Date: Saturday 2 July 2016
Time: Registration kicks off at 7.30am, the first session starts at 8.30am and the exhibitor hall closes at 7.30pm
Venue: Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg
Tickets: R850 (available online)

Cape Town's Beer Boot Camp will be taking place a week later. Here's the low-down:

Date: Saturday 9 July 2016    
Time: Registration kicks off at 7.30am, the first session starts at 8.30am and the exhibitor hall closes at 7.30pm
Venue: The River Club, Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory
Tickets: R850 (available online)

For more information, take a look at the Beer Boot Camp website


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