The European Beer Consumers Union is this year marking thirty years since the beer drinkers' associations of Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK grouped together to fight for drinker's rights on a continent-wide basis. Since then, they have been joined by over a dozen fellow organisations, including Beoir in 2012.
Issues around taxation, pricing and consumer information remain as relevant today as they were three decades ago, while newer concerns including the buying up of microbreweries by large multinationals and the ongoing assault from a well-resourced anti-alcohol lobby have become a major part of EBCU's remit in recent years. It is vital that the beer drinker retains an independent voice in such debates, free from commercial interests and government spin, and for that reason Beoir is happy to remain an active participant in EBCU's initiatives.
Cheers, Proost, À Votre Santé, Sláinte!