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As if the programme of speakers lined up to share their wisdom with you isn’t exciting enough, Imbibe Live is pleased to announce that among their ranks are not one, but two Imbibe Personality of the Year 2017 winners.

Nominated by you, the readers, the award winners represent some of the best talent in the on-trade.

Annabelle Smith BS, aka BeerBelle, has over 25 years’ experience in the beer industry. As a writer, consultant, trainer and public speaker; a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and one of Britain’s first beer sommeliers, there are few who rival her knowledge of the hoppy stuff. That’s why she was the perfect choice to host our brand new Tapster of the Year competition, on 4 July at 12pm on centre stage.

Another man who needs little introduction is Ryan Chetiyawardana, the force behind Mr Lyan and winner of the highest honour; the one-off Imbibe Personality of the Decade award. The latest cover star of Imbibe magazine and all-round nice guy has consistently pushed the boat out and driven innovation in the cocktail world. Catch him on centre stage for the session ‘Taming Lyans’ where he will share his ideas on how to harness big, bold flavours. Bartenders, this is not to be missed – it’s on 3 July at 1pm on centre stage.

‘The talent in our industry needs to be nurtured and deserves to be celebrated,’ said Imbibe publishing and events director, Sonja van Praag, of the awards. ‘The passion and determination of our nominees is what drives their success and Imbibe is proud to recognise the achievements of those across the country who help improve the standards of the industry as a whole.’

Click here to view the full programme of events and speakers.