New Community Manager for the Beer Bloggers Conference

April 15th, 2014 · From the Organizers

We at Zephyr Adventures, organizers of the Beer Bloggers Conference and European Beer Bloggers Conference, are changing up roles of some of our employees and assigning a new Community Manager.

Cindy Molchany, who is currently the Community Manager, is moving to the tour side of Zephyr Adventures to handle our tour marketing. As you might know, Zephyr Adventures is also an adventure travel company with a specialty in active food, beer, and wine tours. We are doubling up on this by creating a whole new travel company brand, Taste Vacations, that will launch in early June. Taste Vacations will run food, beer, wine, and spirits tours around the world – without the active hiking and biking component.

We’ll be back in touch about this as we would like to work with you, our beer blogger community. We will be establishing an affiliate program that will pay a substantial commission – up to $600 – for each referral you send to us. Details to come.

Sarah Wolcott will be the new Community Manager of the BBC. Sarah is already one of the Zephyr Adventures team and has attended several of our conferences. You will get to know her as she handles the BBC social media, sends out newsletters and emails, handles the annual Beer Bloggers Survey, and updates the Complete List of Beer Blogs. Although she will not attend EBBC in Dublin (Cindy’s ticket is already booked), she will be at BBC in San Diego.

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2014 State of Beer Blogging Survey

April 3rd, 2014 · From the Organizers

BBC state of beerBloggingSurvLast year was the first year we surveyed and reported on the State of Beer Blogging (2013). This year we are asking beer bloggers to once again participate in this informative exercise that allows us as a community to gain insights into our demographics, passions, objectives, and goals as they relate to beer blogging.

If you have an active beer blog, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey:

2014 State of Beer Blogging Survey

Since last year was the first year of this report, we didn’t have much to compare the data to. We believe that this year’s findings will be much more telling. Has readership increased, have objectives evolved, and are beer bloggers monetizing their efforts more?

These are all things we can guess on, but supporting data is always useful!

On the Beer Bloggers Conference website, we host the Directory of Beer Blogs. The list of beer blogs is a living document, and we do our best to keep it updated and current with only active beer blogs. If you have a beer blog and are not listed on the site, there is a form at the bottom of the page to submit your information.

At the end of the survey you have the option to provide us with your email address. While all information collected from beer bloggers is aggregated and kept confidential, if you give us your email address we will email you the results once they are compiled.

The deadline to participate in the 2014 State of beer Blogging Survey is April 30th, 2014.

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A Night with Franciscan Well Brewery – EBBC14

March 19th, 2014 · From the Organizers

On Saturday, June 28th, during the last evening of the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference, attendees will be treated to a 4-course beer dinner hosted by Ireland’s own Franciscan Well Brewery.


Headed up by Shane Long, Franciscan Well was founded in 1998 in Cork, Ireland.  Situated in the heart of Cork’s historic quarter, on the site of a 13th century Franciscan monastery, Franciscan Well is famous for its naturally-made range of Irish and European-style beers.

Attendees of the Franciscan Well dinner will get to taste the following:

Rebel Red

Rebel Red

  • Rebel Red – Irish Red Ale
  • Friar Weisse – German-Style Wheat Beer
  • Chieftain IPA – Citra Hop IPA
  • Shandon Stout – Cork Style Dry Stout
  • Plus special limited edition beers from the Franciscan Well Brewery

CMK  26022014  Francisan Well, Cork City  Picture Clare Keogh

Founder and brewer, Shane Long, will be host this evening, and he will take this opportunity to share his thoughts on the advancement of the Irish Craft Beer market. When asked about the event, Shane Long had this to say:

“It’s Fantastic that the conference is being held in Ireland, a testament to how far we have come in the craft beer world. We look forward to hosting the writers.”

This one of a kind beer dinner will be taking place at The Church – our conference venue. It will be a night to remember, and we look forward to having our 2014 attendees and Franciscan Well brewery get to break bread together.

About Franciscan Well Brewery

The Franciscan Well Brewery and Brew Pub are located at the North Mall in Cork City, Ireland. Please join them on Facebook.

Franciscan Well is part of the Molson Coors family, who are major supporters of the 2014 European Beer Bloggers Conference.

Molson Coors is offering stipends to the first 60 citizen beer bloggers who register for the conference. These attendees will get their €95 conference registration fee refunded to them by Molson Coors at the event. There are still stipends available. If you haven’t yet registered, please do so now.

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Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada to be BBC14 Keynote in San Diego

March 11th, 2014 · From the Organizers

In Craft Beer, Ken Grossman is legend. His passion is evident, and his story both inspires and teaches.

Grossman Ken Portrait-300dpiIt may be safe to say that Ken Grossman is also an icon of American business and entrepreneurship. One look at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. historical timeline and one becomes acutely aware that the brand’s success is a direct result of this one man’s tenacity, courage, and commitment to quality.

So then it should be no surprise that we here at the Beer Bloggers Conference are tickled pink to announce that Ken will be keynoting the BBC this summer in San Diego. Whoo hoo!

Sierra Nevada has been a big supporter of the Beer Bloggers Conference – both from a sponsorship standpoint and as a participant at the conferences; it’s clear that Ken Grossman and his team value the role that bloggers play in Craft Beer.

“Beer writing is tough to do well, and craft beer needs it,” Grossman said. “We have thousands of talented brewers, big and small, doing great things, and bloggers will be the ones to amplify the beers you just can’t miss. They’re helping drive this whole thing forward.” – Ken Grossman

Bloggers even play a cameo role in their Our Story video!

We look forward to having Ken join our community in person when we gather in San Diego in August, and we appreciate him taking the time to talk with us. Sounds like he’s excited too!

“We’ve been part of the Conference for a few years, and our team always has a great time pouring beer and getting to know these writers who are champions for craft beer,” Grossman said. “I’m excited to join them in San Diego to celebrate their work and share my perspective on the industry.” – Ken Grossman

In prep for this post, we thought it would be fun to read what some of you have already written about Sierra Nevada and Ken Grossman. A collection of some of the ones we found is below. If you have a post about Sierra Nevada and/or Ken Grossman in your blog archives, please share the url to your post in the comments below, and help us welcome Ken to the Beer Bloggers Conference!


The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference will take place in San Diego, CA where upwards of 150 beer bloggers and industry representatives will assemble to discuss all things beer, blogging, and social media.

Registration is open for the conference, and early bird pricing begins at just $95.00 for citizen bloggers (expires March 31) Please check out our America page for complete conference details.

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