Moving EBC from autonomy to effective integration within the context of Brussels-based associations

John Brauer (1); (1) The Brewers of Europe, Brussels, Belgium

EBC Symposium
Monday, August 15  •  8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Plaza Buiding, Concourse Level, Governor's Square 14

The European Brewery Convention (EBC) merged with The Brewers of Europe, the Brussels-based umbrella organization representing 28 national brewing trade associations throughout Europe, in 2008. The period spanning 2009 to 2011 was dedicated to the first phase of review of the EBC, marked by a pooling of resources to support the brewing sector throughout the various countries both within the European Union and associated states, to setting up sound governance structures within the remit of its definition as the “scientific and technical arm of The Brewers of Europe.” In 2015 it was decided to enter into a review of the EBC’s structures and activities, and the latest developments that are of interest to both internal, as well as external, stakeholders will be reported on. The second part of the presentation will be dedicated to the Gushing Project, a study at VLB jointly financed by EBC and its sister organization, Euromalt. The study was started in 2012 to address the lack of solid analytical evidence for gushing causative factors. In phase I, a study combining MALDI-TOF analysis of numerous gushing-positive and gushing-negative samples, combined with sizeable computing power, has resulted in a number of trends emerging. Phase II has seen the validation of analytical procedures that may result in the next-generation screening tests for gushing-positive samples.

John M. Brauer, born in 1961 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is the EBC executive officer at the Brewers of Europe in Brussels. Instrumental in taking the EBC through the merger phase with the Brewers of Europe and being in charge of EBC committees and events (EBC symposia and congresses), he has been with the brewing industry since 1990, starting his career as a raw materials analyst and later a research scientist at the South African Breweries. From 1997 to 1999 he led the supervision and coordination of technical training standards at SAB Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2000, John has worked in the United Kingdom as a brewing specialist and general project manager at Campden BRI. He holds an M.S. degree in marine science from the University of Cape Town and a Dipl. Brew. (J.S. Ford Award 1994, Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London). He has recently been conferred knighthood of the Brewers’ Mash Staff (Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs).