A top Treasury official will be among the speakers at the second BeerX event for the UK brewing industry. 

Nicky Morgan, economic secretary to the Treasury, will be among those speaking at the five-day event, taking place at iceSheffield from 11-15 March. Organisers SIBA said it will “bring together brewers, licensees, hop growers, barley farmers and other suppliers” as well as consumers attending the adjoining Festival of Beer.

Julian Grocock, SIBA chief executive, said: “BeerX 2013 was a huge success and we are confident that the 2014 event will be even better."

Last year's event was held just before the UK Government cancelled a duty escalator for beer. The escalator, introduced in 2008, saw duty rates on alcohol increase automatically by 2% above inflation per year, on top of additional rises. The escalator has been kept in place on wine, spirits and cider.