While Burton upon Trent may have been on the cards, it seems that next year the location will be Leeds.
I did spend a month in Leeds many years ago but that was during my non drinking hiatus so I have no idea what the place is like for beer, however it according to the announcement, a lot of people put it forward as an excellent location.
To make matters even better, the lovely people at Molson Coors have set up a scholarship type thing. They way I read it, the first 100 applicants who agree to write at least one article (why else would we go?) will get a refund. I'm not sure when we know if we are getting the refund but either way it will be appreciated in my case as I have to fly from Ireland and of course stay in a hotel.
The good news is that the venue, the Metropolitan Hotel, has room rates set at £69 single or £79 double for conference attendees. Not bad for a 4 star hotel I reckon.
Hopefully this time around I will not be the only writer from Ireland heading over.