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Future of brewing under the spotlight

Added: Saturday, June 23rd 2012

Beer and its future will be on the agenda at Land of Hops & Glory, a day of talks, seminars, tastings and a farm tour hosted by the Soil Association and Laverstoke Park in Hampshire on 3 July.

The emphasis will be on green production – using organic malt and hops. Laverstoke Park Farm is run by former racing driver Jody Scheckter who farms organically and says his produce is “the best-tasting food without compromise”.

Speakers at Land of Hops & Glory will include Roger Protz, Greg Pilley of Stroud Brewery, Dom Lane of being Astronauts, Nina Thompson of Space Creative and Robin Appel of Warminster Maltings.

The programme for the day:

13.10: Growing hops and barley sustainably – Karl Barton of Laverstoke and Robin Appel of Warminster Maltings.

13.40: Community-supported brewing and the micro-pub – Greg Pilley, Stroud Brewery.

14.00: Is your brand communicating your values – Nina Thompson, Space Creative.

14.20: Handpumped and bottle-conditioning – how consumer marketing has changed – Dom Lane, being Astronauts.

15.15: organic market update – Lee Holdstock, Soil Association.

15.45: Gold, copper or black – the future for beer is green – Roger Protz.

16.20: Q&A panel.

17.00: Farm walk.

18.00. Barbeque.

Tickets for the afternoon and evening barbeque: £45/£35 concessions for producers and Soil Association licensees. Book with Lee Holdstock: 0117 314 5193 or lholdstock@soilassociation.org.

Laverstoke Farm, Overton Road, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3DR. Getting there: 2 miles south of Overton on B3051; or 2 miles north of A303-B3051 junction. Free event shuttle bus from Basingstoke Station. You must reserve seat on bus when booking a place.

The event is sponsored by Warminster Maltings, Charles Faram, Laverstoke Farm and Space Creative.