Budapest Hungary, January 29, 2019

The 2nd annual Central European Brewers Conference (CEBC) wrapped up on Friday with over 100 attendees representing brewers and exhibitors from: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, Norway, Holland and Sweden.

Some feedback from this years attendees

“CEBC 2019 was a great way to learn about and interact with a wide range of brewers from across Europe who are eager to share knowledge and encourage each other in their pursuits. Only in its second year, the range of topics was diverse and its crowd was attentive and engaged. It's clearly tapping in to a need! “ Michael Kiser Good Beer Hunting

“Many thanks for such an inspiring and interesting conference. Very professionally organized with a great mix of presenters and participants. We'd be happy to attend next year with a new class of brewing students from southern Sweden.” Jakob Thomsgård Lärare, Yrkeshögskolan Kristianstad Brewing School

I'm happy to report the award we won at the European Brewers Cup as a part of the CEBC has caught fire in Slovenia. Everyone is really excited about it. Cheers! Anita Lozar Brewery Pivovarna Pelicon Slovenia

We are now working on the 2020 conference so check this site for updates. In the meantime please check out the videos of the event below and the photo gallery as well.


The Central European Craft Brewers Conference (CEBC) is an annual conference and trade show representing the craft beer industry in Central Europe. The conference will be held on January 24th/25th, 2019 in the very heart of Budapest’s 7th district, home to the best ruin bars and nightlife in Europe.

The conference will be a trade only event open to any craft brewery or supplier and will provide an opportunity to network in a community of great brewers from the region. Meet craft beer distributors, beer journalists and those working in the world of craft beer to share ideas and have a few informative days away from the brewery.

The conference will include a variety of content such as educational seminars led by industry-leading presenters, brewery tours and social events. This year we are pleased to announce that we are adding a 440 SQM exhibitor floor.

This year we are pleased to announce that we also be hosting the first Craft Beer Competition we are calling the European Craft Beer Cup (audacious we know). The price of your all access ticket includes your first beer entry into the competition. This is a BJCP certified competition with Judges from the region and abroad. (See details below)

Top reasons to attend:

  • Industry leading presenters from White Labs, YCH Hops, New York Times craft beer journalist and many others

  • Craft Beer Danube boat cruise to check out Budapest at night

  • Seminars designed with the brewer in mind focusing on relevant business information that can help you grow your business

  • Network with exhibitors that have products and services to meet your growing business needs

Seating is limited so please book early and take advantage of the discount ticket price



Wednesday January 23, 2019

Time What's happening
15:00 Brewery Tour
19:00 Welcome event at Hedon Bazilica Taproom (Sas u. 25 1051 BP). All presenters, sponsors and attendees invited. Appetizers included. Live Music

Thursday January 24, 2019

Time What's happening Presenter
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Badge Pick Up  
09:00 - 09:15 Welcoming Announcements Evan Rail
09:15 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker: The past, present & future of craft beer Tim Webb
10:00 - 10:45 Hops: Tell the the drinker what they’re drinking Phil Lowry
10:45 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 11:45 Quality Assurance for Small Breweries: The Key to Growth Kata Kiss
11:45 - 12:30 Round Table Discussion - what’s next for craft beer in central Europe Tim Webb, Evan Rail, Michael Kiser
12:30 - 18:00 Trade Fair Open - free beer on tap and live music  
14:15 - 15:00 Yeast handling for Brewers and how to detect contamination Troels Prahl
15:00 - 15:45 Meet the Experts - Ingredients. Experts from the Hops, Malt and Yeast sector will answer questions from the attendees in a Q&A format Troels Prahl – White Labs, Richard Simpson – Simpson Malt, Phil Lowry Simply Hops
18:00 Trade Fair Floor Closes
19:00 Craft beer boat cruise on the Danube.

Friday January 25, 2019

Time What's happening Presenter
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Badge Pick Up  
09:00 - 16:00 Trade Fair Floor Open  
09:00 - 09:45 Keynote Speaker - What the rest of the world can learn from America’s experience with craft beer Michael Kiser
09:45 - 10:30 Female Craft Beer Drinkers. How to tap into this market and build communication accordingly: using data, insights and examples Lana Svitankova
10:30 - 11:15 Break  
11:15 - 12:00 Finance: Open Book Management for the craft beer industry Natasha Nicol
12:00 - 12:45 How can we leverage data in craft to improve the efficiency of communication? Vince Takacs
12:45 - 14:15 Break  
14:15 - 15:00 Meet the brewer. Interviews with some of the top brewers in the region TBA
15:00 - 15:45 Common off-flavours, their sources and when they're not off! Shane McNamara
16:00 - 17:00 European Craft Beer Cup Awards Ceremony (open to all pass holders)  
18:00 Tap Takeover. Open to the public, showcasing all beers provided as sponsorship. Live music  



Evan Rail is the author of the award-winning essays “Why Beer Matters” and “The Meanings of Craft Beer,” and has served as a judge at numerous competitions, including the International Beer Challenge (London), World Beer Idol (Czech Republic), Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival and Birra dell’Anno (Italy).

He is a regular contributor of articles about European beer for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Beer Advocate, All About Beer, Imbibe, Saveur, Good Beer Hunting and other publications.


Seminar Topic: Exceptionalism in Craft Beer – What America can teach the world, and what it can’t. 

America’s craft beer culture is an inspiration around the world, reigniting a global interest in beer. But when does an inspiration become exceptionalism, putting American brewing and cultural ideals ahead of other long-standing local and regional traditions that have seen centuries of trends come and go. And what’s at stake in assuming that what made American beer great again, is right for you?

Michael Kiser is an innovation strategist, and the founder and creative director of Good Beer Hunting, an award-winning, and increasingly global voice in beer journalism, and a studio practice devoted to launching and building beer brands around the world. 


Seminar Topic: The past, present and future of craft beer. Tim will provide his insight into what is happening in the brewing industry globally and what is influencing craft beer.

Tim Webb is a UK-based writer and industry commentator, who sees the beer world from the consumer perspective.  He used to run the Great British Beer Festival; helped found the UK’s first specialist beer book publishing company; wrote Good Beer Guide Belgium (1992-2018); and co-writes The World Atlas of Beer (2012 to date), which has appeared in 10 languages.  He is an international beer judge and Executive member of European Beer Consumer Union (EBCU).


Seminar Topic: Quality Assurance for Small Breweries: The Key to Growth Kata will focus on the importance of quality and how to improve and stabilize processes to avoid or minimize issues which may lead to problems in the first place according to a systematically monitored program.

Kata Kiss has a MSc degree in biochemical engineering and is a beer science specialist. Kata is a craft brewery consultant focused on identifying brewery owners' pain points and providing solutions to ensure consistent, high beer quality.


Seminar Topic: How to best harvest and store yeast for optimal performance. Exploring fermentation-related topics such as preparing yeast for pitching, what to expect when repitching, techniques for reliable brewery propagation and how to troubleshoot fermentation issues and contamination related to poor yeast-handling practices.

Troels Prahl is the Managing Director and Head of Research and Development. White Labs, Copenhagen Denmark. Don’t miss this one, Troels’ seminar at last year’s CEBC was a definite highlight.


Seminar topic: Lana will talk about the ever-changing perception of beer marketing practices by drinkers in general and female audience in particular. How it can affect sales and the reputation of brewery and tools on how to capitalize on the ever growing female craft beer drinker market.

Lana Svitankova is a spokesperson for Varvar Brewery (Kyiv, Ukraine), beer writer, beer runner and avid promoter of beer culture and education. She is a provisional BJCP Judge, Cicerone Beer Server, Apprentice Beercierge, member of British Guild of Beer Writers and Pink Boots Society.


Seminar Topic: Tell the drinker what they’re drinking. Phil will explore the critical relationship between Hops and sales. Explore how to make the most of your hops, including ways to capitalize on new and forgotten opportunities in the hop catalogues to wow your customers.

Phil Lowry is one of the craft brewing originals with experience in the craft market for over 20 years, which makes him one of the best-known personalities in brewing. He has brewed all over the globe with some of the best in the industry and is an absolute foamy fountain of knowledge. Not only the Sales Manager for Simply Hops, Phil also looks after the fast growing European and African brewing family of customers. In his spare time, he’s a social media junkie that likes to take artistic pictures of his pussy cat.


Seminar Topic: The financials are often the only report card in the brewery that shows the collective contribution of each and every department and individual in the company. Why not use them to bring people together, following examples from New Belgium and others?

Natasha Nicol has spent more than 15 years in the beverage industry in Eastern and Central Europe implementing the principals of Open-book Management (OBM) in day-to-day operations. Natasha holds a Masters in Law and is a certified coach of The Great Game of Business.


Lead Judge at the European Craft Beer Cup (ECBC)

Marek Kaminski
Marek is a BJCP judge ranked in the top five in Europe and has judged extensively in Poland and abroad for the last 4 years. Marek is also a professional brewer and is the co-founder and CEO of the Polish Craft Brewers Association.


Seminar Topic: Common off-flavours, their sources and when they're not off!
The presence of off-flavours in beer is an unfortunate common occurrence in the industry. We'll take a look at some of the key common off-flavours, what causes them, where they come from (brewery or trade), how to fix them, and when they're not actually a problem. 

Shane McNamara holds a Master's degree in Brewing Science from the University of Nottingham and Post Graduate Certificate in Brewing Science from Federation University Australia. He has previously worked as a brewer and was formerly the Senior Technical Officer at the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD). With a passion for beer and food Shane is also an Advanced Cicerone® and Accredited Beer Sommelier, regularly contributing to publications around the world and judging in beer competitions.



Vince Takacs is co-owner and marketing manager of The Beercase, a Hungarian craft beer commerce company, Digitalization expert and self-confessed beer Geek.

Seminar Topic: How can we leverage data to improve the efficiency of communication?
Digitalization has been an important driver of the craft beer revolution, it lowers the costs of acquiring and retaining customers, helps to build communities and to communicate more effectively towards clients. But is there any further room for improvement in using digital channels?


Richard Simpson is Vice Chairman of Simpsons Malt. A 5th Generation family member of the Home of Good Malt, Richard has worked 20 years full time at the British malting industry He has held a number of varied roles – “typical of a family business!” - And is now responsible for malt sales in Scotland and Simpsons Malt export regions. Richard is the current chairman of the Maltsters Association of Great Britain and a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Meet the Experts: Richard will join us for the roundtable discussion and Q&A together with Troels Prahl from White Labs and Phil Lowry from Simply Hops.



Be part of the next big thing in craft brewing…

Join us January 24th and 25th, 2019 in the heart of Budapest for our second annual Central European Brewers Conference (CEBC) where industry stalwarts and the next generation of dedicated artisans share their vision for the exciting world of European craft brewing. The CEBC looks to set itself apart by offering exhibitors the opportunity to engage with delegates, speakers and fellow exhibitors in a more intimate, focused forum to discuss our love of craft brewing as well as insightful business opportunities and challenges. Participants enjoyed the passion and collaboration displayed at our first CEBC and, with our new venue for 2019, exhibitors will now benefit from expanded opportunities to network and promote their offerings.

We offer four booth configurations to fit your needs as well as all the amenities to showcase your contribution to the art. We hope you join us in 2019 to celebrate craft brewing while making valuable business connections.

For details on this exciting event, facilities, services, booth options and more click on the exhibitors link under “tickets” below.


Floor Plan




European Craft Beer Cup

Competition will be held during the CEBC and final awards will be presented on Friday January 25th.

CEBC 2019 was a great way to learn about and interact with a wide range of brewers from across Europe who are eager to share knowledge and encourage each other in their pursuits. Only in its second year, the range of topics was diverse and its crowd was attentive and engaged. It’s clearly tapping in to a need!
— Michael Kiser Good Beer Hunting
An event like this has been missing for a long time in Central Europe. Amazing organization, professional talks and great networking. A must visit for any brewer.
— Marek Mahut, Brewer at JBM Brew Lab
Many thanks for such an inspiring and interesting conference. Very professionally organized with a great mix of presenters and participants. We’d be happy to attend next year with a new class of brewing students from southern Sweden.
— Jakob Thomsgård Lärare, Yrkeshögskolan Kristianstad Brewing School


The Central European Brewers Conference offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors to market their products and services to the independent craft brewer industry in addition to hosting their exhibition stand.

By becoming a sponsor, brewers will:

  • Remember your company’s brand and products and hopefully hold you above others in purchasing decisions

  • See you as a supporter of the CEBC

  • See you as a supporter of Europe’s craft brewing industry as a whole




Budapest has a ton of great apartments to rent through the usual site (booking.com etc) but if you prefer to go the Hotel route here are a few ones close by the venue.


ROOMbach Hotel Budapest Center

5  Minute walk to the Tesla Venue where the CEBC will be held and in the heart of the ruin bar district and offers an affordable and comfortable stay

Click on the link here for a discounted rate (including breakfast and free WIFI) for CEBC attendees:

Budapest, Rumbach Sebestyén u. 14, 1075 Hungary

+36 1 413 0253


The Park Residence in Budapest is a 9 minute walk from the Tesla Venue where the CEBC will be held and in the heart of the ruin bar district and offers an affordable and comfortable stay.

Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 3, 1061 Hungary

+36 1 633 3465


The Ambra Hotel in Budapest is very easily accessible offering only a 5 minute walk from the Tesla Venue.

Budapest, Kis Diófa u. 13, 1077 Hungary

+36 1 321 1533


The Eurostars Danube Budapest Hotel is located conveniently in the centre of Budapest near the St. Stephen Basilica. It offers modern and practical facilities and is only an 8 minute walk to the Tesla Venue where the CEBC will be held.

Budapest, Asbóth u. 9, 1075 Hungary

+36 1 610 5200