The first Beer Symposium for Beer Enjoyment and Brewery Culture (it looks more impressive in German) takes place in Bamberg in October. This is organised by the Franconian Beer Academy, and has a varied program, including brewery visits, discussions on beer tourism, brew pubs, marketing and brewing. A praticularly interesting session will probably be the one on the revival of the Leipzig beer style Gose.
A participation fee of 249 Euros should not ruin anyone, and that includes a number of meals as well as Pausengetränke – drinks during the breaks.
I have to admit I haven’t been to Bamberg, but I doubt I can fit this into my agenda this year. I hope this can become a regular event, I welcome beer events that go beyond beer festivals or trade fairs and put beer and brewing into the proper historical and cultural context.