Where and When:
Liberty Brewing, Helensville, Auckland.
From 4pm to 9pm Wednesday 7th September 2016.

RSVP Essential
RSVP to [email protected]. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Steph Howard at Cryermalt on 0800 625833.

Texan BBQ and Liberty beers will be provided.
Bus transfers will be provided from Britomart. Bus will leave Britomart at 4pm and return to Britomart at 9pm.

Chaired by IBD’s NZ Regional Co-ordinator David Meads
Keynote speaker: Doug Donelan
Doug is Director of the IBD Asia Pacific Section, and CEO of NZ Hops.
Doug’s talk will focus on the New Zealand hop industry, and discuss a proposal to introduce IBD-certified training courses in New Zealand for a General Certificate in Brewing.

This is the first of what we hope will be a regular (quarterly) feature on the New Zealand brewers’ calendar. There will be another NZ meeting before the end of the year – details to be announced. Initially these meetings will be held in different locations around Auckland, with a view to have them hosted in different cities each time (expressions of interest are welcome).

The aim of these events is to foster nationwide networking and collaboration and to discuss new technology, the availability of raw materials, and other challenges – similar to the Asia Pacific IBD Conventions and Symposia (see below) but on a smaller scale, specific to local needs and easier to get to!

The meetings will consist of a formal part followed by the opportunity to socialise over good food and beer provided by the hosts. For more information and to be kept in the loop about upcoming NZ IBD activations, send an email to [email protected].


More about the IBD

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) is an international members’ organisation founded in London in 1886 and active in New Zealand since 1967. The IBD is the largest global organisation of professional distillers and brewers, with eight geographical ‘Sections’. These include five in the UK, an Africa Section, an Asia Pacific Section and an International Section. Each Section holds Conventions every two years (the last Asia Pacific one was in Sydney in March 2016), Symposia on the ‘off year’ and there are also regional meetings more regularly (these will be quarterly in New Zealand).

The Conventions offer a programme of technical papers and presentations, supplier exhibits, and social opportunities for networking across regions. Symposia usually have a more specific focus and are often held in two or three locations within the Section, to make it easier to attend.

Internationally, the IBD provides a number of resources to members, including facilitating networking with overseas colleagues in brewing and associated industries, employment opportunities, as well as professional development in the form of training courses, qualifications and examinations.

There are different levels of membership depending on training and experience. There are also scholarship-type opportunities available for travel and study for ‘Young Members’ (under 35) in Asia Pacific.

The Section website ibdasiapac.com.au has information on international events, job listings, and membership and training applications.

Training and qualifications

As will be discussed at the upcoming Auckland meeting, there is the possibility of local IBD-accredited training courses being introduced in New Zealand in the future. Currently, courses and examinations are available to members as distance learning modules (training and examinations online).

Global Beverage Solutions has online tutorial support for Diploma and Master Brewer from January to June, at US$900 per module (www.gbsinfo.com).

Depending on demand, there are also IBD-subsidised training courses for Diploma in Brewing, usually run in March in either Sydney or Melbourne using IBD accredited trainers. In New Zealand, Massey University offers a five-day intensive course in brewing, which takes place each November in Palmerston North.

This provides a Certificate and a Diploma in Malting and Brewing. Fees for the Massey course are around $2850. Training course fees in all locations exclude travel and accommodation.