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2018 Speaker Highlights

Just some of the amazing new speaker line-up at SEA Brew 2018

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John Palmer

Palmer Brewing Solutions

A Metallurgical Engineer by training John became a hugely respected home and professional brewer with a keen interest in water science. He is a widely published author of “How to Brew” as well as the co-author of “Water” (the definitive brewers guide to water science) and “Brewing Classic Styles. His company “Palmer Brewing Solutions, Inc” consults to breweries throughout the Americas and he is the Publications Director for the Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA).

Session: Putting Brewing Water in Perspective (John will also present a Keynote address)

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø


From teaching maths and physics and part-time brewing in his kitchen at home in 2006 Mikkel’s beer is now exported to over 50 countries and he is internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial brewers in the word. While Mikkeller is first and foremost a beer brand they also run restaurants, a beer and a music festival, and a worldwide running club.

Session: Expanding Your Business Beyond Beer (Mikkel will also present a Keynote address)

Rohit Dugar

Rohit worked as an Executive Director in a leading global investment bank before answering the call and founding Young Master Brewery in 2013, which now stands proud as Hong Kong’s highest rated craft brewery. A strong supporter of the territories craft beer industry Rohit is also a co-founder of several taprooms and restaurants around Hong Kong.

Session: TBC (Keynote)

Felix Burberg


After Finishing his apprenticeship as brewer and maltster Felix graduated from the Technical University of Munich Weihenstephan as a Diploma Brewmaster. Starting at Krones in 2008 as a project manager he is now responsible as Head of Sales Plants & Brewery Components for Southeast Asia & China.

Session: Brewnomic – The Brewery of the Future (Keynote)


Youichi Kiuchi

Hitachino Nest Beer

After starting his career at a wine importing company in 1981 Youichi returned to help run his family’s 200 year old sake brewery. In 1996 he founded Hitachino Nest Beer which rapidly developed into one of Japan’s iconic craft beer labels. Youichi has been closely involved with the development of the craft beer movement in Japan founding the Tokyo Beer Week in 2014 and is a master judge with the Japan Craft Beer Association.

Session: What I have thought and done in these last 25 years.

Christian von der Heide

Siebel Institute of Technology

A graduate of the Technical University of Munich Weihenstephan with over 30 years’ experience in the brewing industry working for such companies as Augustiner, Diageo, Inbev & DME. Christian has recently been appointed as the President of the iconic Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school.

Session: Continuous Brewing Education – the DNA of the Successful Brewer

Raoul Masangcay

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

A certified Cicerone and BJCP judge Raoul also holds brewing qualifications from UC Davis and the American Brewers Guild. Founder and head brewer for Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits based in Manila, Philippines.

Session: Quality Matters – The Relevance & Application of Cicerone and BJCP Qualifications.

Paul Holgate

Holgate Brewhouse

Founder and BrewMaster at Holgate Brewhouse (Australia), Paul holds a Graduate Diploma in Brewing and Malting Science from the Federation University, Ballarat, is one of the true pioneers of the Australian craft beer scene and a strong advocate of the independent craft movement.

Session: The Kettle Souring & Critical QA Programmes

Stephen Rannekleiv


An MBA graduate of Eastern University (Pennsylvania), Stephen is the Global Sector Strategist Beverages at Rabobank and works with major beverage clients throughout the world. He leads the beverage research team and provides colleagues & clients with thought provoking ideas and analytics.

Session: The Global Craft Beer Market – Going Small, Going Global.

Georg Drexler

Baath-Haas Group

Georg was born in the Hallertau hop growing region of Germany and attended the Technical University of Munich Weihenstephan. Appointed in 2010 as Technical Manager for Barth Innovations he now works at the Barth-Haas Group European Hops R&D Centre and lectures at the Barth-Haas Hops Academy.

Session: Hopsessed – Specialty Hop Varieties & Products for Special Beers

Christopher Roberts

Constellation Brands

VP International Sales for Constellation Brands. Chris is based in Hong Kong and responsible for the international sales of Ballast Point in over 20 countries on 5 continents.

Session: Crafting an Export Strategy

Richard Searle

Micro Matic

Richard is a Masters graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has worked for Charles Wells Brewery (UK), Joe White Maltings, AB Vickers & Campbell Cleantec FHS (all Aust.) before taking up his current position as General Manager (Australia) for Micro Matic where he is responsible for sales and service in Australia, New Zealand and the southern Asia Pacific region.

Session: Micro Matic FlexiDraft Beer Dispensing System (workshop)

David Cryer

Cryer Malt

Founder of Cryer Malt (Aust.) in 1999, David now holds the position of General Manager since the sale of the company to Grain Corp in 2017. He sits on the board of the Brewers Guild of New Zealand and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Independent Brewers of Australia trade association.

Session: The Basics of Malting

Severin Thomandl


A masters graduate of the Technical University of Munich Weihenstephan, Severin joined Krones Steinecker in 2013. Starting in the quotation department for process automation he spent time as a project manager in the R&D department focusing on dynamic and continuous fermentation before joining Asia Pacific/China process technology sales team in 2016.

Session: Automation & Standardization – The key to successful growth in the craft brewing business.

Gerhard Schäffer


Gerhard held roles as coppersmith, designer, project manager and finally sales engineer for brewery manufacturer Carl Jacob from 1983 to 2002. After 13 years as Asia Pacific Manager for a pump manufacturer he joined BrauKon as their regional Sales Representative in 2017 where he is based out of Bangkok.

Session: Hops Technology from Late Hopping to Cold Hopping

Eric Borremans

Alfa Laval

A Brewing Engineer graduate of the Brussels Brewing School, Eric joined Alfa Laval in 1994 as a project engineer in the brewery engineering department. He has remained at Alfa Laval holding various positions, he is currently the Regional Sales Manager for Alfa Laval Brewing Systems covering Northeast & Southeast Asia.

Session: Keeping it Craft – Increasing shelf-life of craft beers while maintaining genuine quality.

Nick Zeigler

YCH Hops

From homebrewing in his high school biology class to Heriot-Watt Nick has always been a keen brewer. Nick has spent time at Brewdog (Pilot & Development Brewing) and Magic Rock (Dir. Production & Operations) before joining the YCH Hops team as their Technical Solutions Director.

Session: American Hops: From Soil to Serve

Carl Setzer

Great Leap Brewing

Founder of Great Leap Brewing (Beijing) and founder of the Craft Beer Association of China. He is also a member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Berlin Institute of Fermentation and Biotechnology (VLB).

Session: The Cost of Craft Beer