A little over a week ago, my phone rang. There was a lot of noise in the background, and the caller explained that she was in a beer warehouse. “There are worse places to be”, I thought.
“What are you up to next week?”, she asked.
Luckily, I was free all week, so was brought on to cover the Australian Craft Beer Industry Association’s annual conference and awards, which were in Brisbane for the first time. It was a really busy week, with long days and late nights, with quick turnaround of photographs for social media use by the event’s PR team from Red Stockholm.
The week started out with the judging sessions for the awards, which were ultimately taken out by Little Creatures Pilsner. You can check out the full list of winners at the CBIA site.
Next up was the Australian Craft Beer Conference and Trade Show, held at the new Royal International Conference Centre at the RNA Showgrounds, commencing with a keynote speech from tech entrepreneur and Shark Tank ‘shark’ Steve Baxter, and followed by a welcome BBQ at the Stockmen’s Bar & Grill.
And finally, the week concluded at Lightspace, with the awards ceremony, featuring a very cool Airstream Trailer bar, provided by Kegstar.