BBB14 Newsletter Issue 01

Hi, and welcome to the first newsletter for Birmingham Beer Bash 2014. Over the next few months we'll be using this newsletter to provide extra updates on what to expect from this year's event. We hope you enjoy!

Brewery List growing

There's been a steady stream of developments as to the exciting selection of breweries we'll be bringing to the Bash. As last year we're trying to get plenty of variety: a combination of familiar relatively well-established names from near and far, new breweries in their first year or two of operation, and everything in between. Some of the names appearing this year will be familiar from the first Bash, others are coming to Birmingham for the first time.

The full list of breweries announced so far can be found on our website (http://birminghambeerbash.co.uk/breweries) but it is growing all the time - follow further news on Twitter or Facebook to be the first to hear about additions to the line-up. The UK list is almost complete but we'll be moving onto the International bar very shortly.

Announced so far (with more announcements still to come) we have:
Ashover, Atom, Beerd, Bexar County, Blackjack, Burning Sky, Celt Experience / Cell Rebirth, Cheshire Brewhouse, Compass, Freedom, Green Duck, Harbour, Hardknott, Hopcraft, Landlocked, Liverpool Craft, Magic Rock, Offbeat, Pressure Drop, Purity, Quantum, Redwillow, Salopian, Sarah Hughes, Siren, Thornbridge, Titanic, Two Towers, Weird Beard and Wild Beer.

Fringe Line-up

There's still lots to do on the schedule, but we've a growing number of Fringe events to bring you fabulous tastings, tutorials and talks. Amongst these are a couple of new local breweries only just starting up this year, who will be bringing samples of their products for tasting sessions. We'll introduce them to you in the next newsletter.

The Saturday afternoon Fringe has a very bookish feeling to it. We've got two book-related events happening: first up are bloggers-turned-authors Boak and Bailey who'll be visiting us as part of the launch of their book, The Strange Rebirth of British Beer. There should be opportunity to meet the authors, get copies signed, and maybe hear them reading from the book. Rumour has it that Birmingham Beer Bash even gets a mention - we'll have to wait and see in June when it comes out!

Our second confirmed Fringe event for Saturday afternoon sees us joined by the legendary beer historian Ron Pattinson, who earlier this year published the Home Brewers guide to Vintage Beer. Ron will be giving a talk on Brettanomyces in British brewing, which will no doubt be incredibly enlightening: whether you are a professional brewer, home brewer, interested drinker or simply fascinated by brewing history. After two extensive book tours in America this is possibly going to be the only chance to catch Ron in the UK this year, so we're especially proud for this to be taking place at the Beer Bash.

Ron will also be available to (sell and) sign copies of his book, and will remain with us into Saturday evening, when there will be a more informal session in which we're hoping to include some beer sampling - more on that in a future newsletter though, as we have an exciting related project to tell you much more about next time...

Ticket Sales

Advance sales are moving ahead steadily so if you haven't yet ordered tickets then you ought to be thinking about doing so. We don't expect to have any tickets available on the door on either Friday or Saturday - these sessions sold out last year and sales are currently double what they were this time last year so if you want to be sure you get in then book early.

As well as your entrance fee, you'll receive a glass, programme and £2 of tokens. Every ticket holder is also entitled to a free 12-month subscription to the Beers of the World digital magazine (worth £15.99).

Trade Session

Do you run a pub, bar, restaurant, beer festival, or have any other trade connection? Or do you know someone who is? If so, you might be interested in our Trade Session taking place on the Friday afternoon of the Bash. This will be a great opportunity to meet with some of the brewers whose beers we're featuring, and with some of our other suppliers and sponsors. We're all about bringing the best selection of beers to Birmingham not just at our own event but through the year, and we'd love to help you make contact with some of the most exciting brewers and suppliers we can get in one room at the same time! Tickets are free to qualifying trade visitors - just drop us an email to info@birminghambeerbash.co.uk. Please feel free to pass on these details to anyone in the trade who you think may be interested.

Coming in the next newsletter...

Next time we'll have loads more for you, with our dining sessions nearly finalised, more fringe updates, International bar news and much much more. Our newsletter is available via the website, Twitter, Facebook and by direct email to subscribers - just visit the website to sign up for Beer Bash news directly to your inbox!