Day 1 – 17 Aug – Keynote Sessions

Devin Otto Kimble
Hong Kong Brewing Company

Date: 17 August 2017
Time: 09:15 – 10:00

Day 1, Keynote 1

Title: Beer in Asia – From whence it came and where it’s going

A look at the history of beer and brewing in Asia from the ancient past through the development of industrialized brewing and up to the present day’s rapidly growing and changing craft beer scene from the perspective of someone who has been involved in the Asian microbrewery and brewpub business for over two decades.

About: Devin Otto Kimble

Devin Otto Kimble has nearly a quarter century of experience in the Asian craft brewing and F&B scene. He is a co-owner and director of Hong Kong Beer Co., Hong Kong’s oldest craft brewery and the founder, former managing director, and a past shareholder of Singapore-based MENU Pte. Ltd., which owns and operates Brewerkz Restaurants & Microbreweries and was founded in 1997.

Kjetil Jikiun
Solo Beer

Date: 17 August 2017
Time: 10:00 – 10:45

Day 1, Keynote 2

Title: Is Craft Beer really all about beer?

Kjetil Jikiun addresses the notion that Craft Beer is about experiencing the story and the people behind the beer. The beer is not a goal in itself, but a way of communicating ideas, passion, a story and human interaction. This is why quality is important; good beer is a great communicator, bad beer is the opposite. He will also discuss how sustaining these values are critical as your business grows.

About: Kjetil Jikiun  

Kjetil founded Nøgne Ø, Norway’s first craft brewery, in 2002 after developing a love for the craft beers of the USA. His efforts in educating the Norwegian beer drinkers is respected as the most significant catalyst for the change of Norwegian beer culture; for that he is often referred to as the ‘Grandfather of Norwegian craft brewing’. In 2015 Kjetil left Nøgne Ø to set up his own vineyard on the Greek island of Crete. His new company, Grapes and Gratification, will soon start making natural orange wine. He has not turned his back on craft beer, however, he is presently involved in projects around the globe: Σoλo ( for the Greek market, Prvo Visko Pivo in Croatia and Formosa Brewing Co. in Taiwan.