One brewery out. Three new breweries in.
Tickets to be released this week.
Brew Con: What’s Brewing.
3 day festival.
Changes to the line-up
It’s not news for those who follow us, but Jing A is out. The decision was made as soon as the WB team learned that Carlsberg had bought into the Chinese brewery.
Also not news – for those that can take a not so subtle hint – The Kernel will replace Jing A.
But – they are not alone. The London brewery is not the only late addition to WB19 as they are followed by Danish Gamma Brewing and Portuguese sensation Cerveja Letra.
This brings the total number of breweries to 39. And they are from 15 different countries!
Tickets will be released on Thursday, as we’ve written earlier. Yes, that’s tomorrow. And the ticket price has been frozen – again.
Home brewing competition
There will be a home brew competition this year. Simon Pipola, who worked alongside WB co-founder James Goulding at Brew Con London last year, is being brought in to organise the competition and a one day convention called Brew Con: What’s Brewing.
Beer styles etc are to be announced.
Judges will come from Norbrygg Rogaland, the local chapter of the Norwegian homebrewers’ association, but judging will probably be according to BJCP style guides, not Norbrygg’s own style guides.
Entry cost will be 100 kroner, but the prizes are absolutely amaze-balls:
1st prize: A brew day with To Øl at BRUS in Copenhagen, including flights (within reason) and accommodation
2nd prize: A Grainfather
3rd prize: NOK 2000 worth of hops
We will return shortly to bring you much more information about this home brew competition.
Brew Con: What’s Brewing
The convention will take place from 2pm on Thursday, the day before WB proper, which for all practical purposes makes this year’s WB a 3 day event. It will have something for everyone, not just home brewers, although it is home brew focused. If you are considering home brewing then this should absolutely be of interest.
Entry will be free for those that have joined the home brew competition. All others will be asked to pay NOK 150 each.
- There will be talks from at least two breweries, one of which is Cascade. Another, to be announced, brewery will be a “hop forward” one who will talk about heavy DH beers.
- Several manufacturers, including Plaato and The Malt Miller, will be there. Hopefully a yeast producer as well.
- Carol from Aroxa will give a talk about off flavours.
- Norbrygg Rogaland will have a stand.
- The movie Lambic: about time & passion will be screened.
- There will be beers on tap that will not be served on WB proper, so this is your one chance to taste those.
- And, of course, the winner of the home brew competition will be announced.
We will update you with more details as and when we learn them, but the program is expected to look something like this:
Disclaimer: These events are still being planned, so details that are correct at the time of writing may change.