Historic Brew Con - Manchester

5th & 6th August - 2024

From our opening keynote on prehistoric brewing to our closing keynote looking at the Temperance Movement's continued influence on society, we've put together two tracks of talks from world renowned experts; covering many of the different aspects of brewing's history.

To help ensure that you get to see the talks that interest you the most, without any clashes, we've arranged them into Technical and Social tracks.


A series of talks that focus more on the academic side of brewing's history. From evidence of prehistoric brewing through to how heritage styles have been kept alive to this day.


The more social side of the past, looking at the people who made the beers, the places they drank them, and the social implications of brewing's history.

Monday 5th August

8:00 - Registration Opens

9:30 - 9:45 Emma Inch - Welcoming Address 

morning break

10:45 - 11:15 Johnny Horn - Prehistoric brewing, what we actually know.

Jonny Garrett - Four times that brewing changed the world

15 minute break


14:00 - 14:45 Dr Christina Wade - Going to hell in a Beer Barrel: Alewives, Demons, and the History that Connects Them 

15 minute break

15:00 - 16:00 Panel Discussion : How Accurate Can Recreations Be?

Tuesday 6th August

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Back

9:45 - 10:15 Dr Brian Costello - The Archaeology of Intoxicated Vikings: The social and ritual roles of beer in the Viking World 

Laura Hadland

15 minute break

10:30 - 11:30 John Keeling -  Commercial Brewing of Historic Styles - Good or Bad Idea?

Gary Gillman 

15 minute break

11:45 - 12:15 James Sandford - Wood - The missing ingredient 

Andrew Davison


14:00 - 14:45 Mike Benson 

15 minute break

We'll be updating this schedule as we confirm our speakers, so do keep checking!