Probably the best beer conference in the world comes to York

By: JimOldfield

August 14th, 2012

The man with arguably the best job in Britain is organising an international conference to examine the economics of beer and brewing.

Beeronomics will bring academics and industry professionals from across the world to the University of York in September 2013.

dr_cabras_140812After an inaugural conference held in Leuven, Belgium, in 2009 and an outing in Freising, Germany, two years later, it is now coming to the UK… thanks to York economics, business and management lecturer Dr Ignazio Cabras.

A Sardinian vineyard owner’s son Dr Cabras, 33, hit the headlines earlier this year, when he won a £7,700 grant to spend 18 months in… PUBS!

His research – studying the British pub in a bid to save it from extinction – was dubbed “possibly the best job in the world”.

Dr Cabras said: “York is an ideal location to hold the conference.

“We have a lot to offer in terms of beer diversity, tradition, culture and heritage.”

As many as 120 academics from across the globe are expected to join politicians, brewing industry leaders and members of the public – but Dr Cabras hopes the convention will be much more than just a conference.

He is working with York CAMRA on the possibility of organising a beer festival, and he’s appealing for brewers to join in the event with everything from beer tasting to practical demonstrations outside the conference itself.

He said: “This is a good opportunity for businesses to have visibility on a worldwide level.

“From big, medium and small brewers to anyone involved in the local or national supply chain, we want to involve them in any type of activity that can be connected to the conference.”

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