BBC14 Pre-Conference Excursion to L.A. – Hop on Board!

July 30th, 2014 · From the Organizers

images-1The upcoming Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego is August 22-24, 2014.  Registration is filling up and we look forward to a full conference, great content programming, and, of course, all the excellent beers!

Pre-Conference excursions are a great way to get to know the beer scene outside the regular conference agenda.  These smaller groups allow the opportunity to meet the brewmasters and their teams in smaller, more intimate settings.  The 2014 BBC Pre-Conference, happening on Thursday, August 21, is taking a trip through the craft beer scene in Los Angeles.  Haven’t signed up for the excursion, yet?  There are a few spots available to hop on board.  Details of the pre-conference excursion include:

BBC14 Pre-Conference Excursion – Thursday, August 21

This pre-conference excursion starts in Los Angeles and ends at the BBC14 conference hotel, the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel, which offers the same conference discount the night before and after the conference begins/ends.  There are still a few rooms available at the blogger discounted rate – hurray!  But hurry up…they will sell out of these discounted room.

We are providing transportation for this excursion and have a pick-up at LAX at 1:45 pm on Thursday. Haven’t booked your flight, yet?  Consider flying into LAX and out of SAN.  Please make sure your flight arrives in time to board the pre-con bus at 1:45 pm.  Already committed to flying into San Diego?  No problem.  You can take the Amtrak or Grayhound north.

If you will already be in Los Angeles, just meet us at the Golden Road Brewery at 3 p.m. We have partnered with super-cool transportation service, Uber, for BBC14 – conference goers get $20 off each of their first two Uber rides.  Score!  Uber operates via an app, available for iOs, Android and Blackberry users:  sign up on the BBC14 Uber Link OR download the app and enter the promo code BBC14.  They have Black Cars, SUVs, and their low cost option, uberX is 40% cheaper than a regular taxi service! Self-drivers can also just meet us at Golden Road Brewery at 3 p.m.  Please be mindful we will be sampling beer all afternoon and evening – please plan accordingly for safe, sober driving.

We will email all excursion guests prior to the excursion with information about exactly where to meet us at LAX and any other details.  Be on the lookout for blog posts in the next 2 weeks from the breweries we are visiting on the tour!  They are excited to welcome BBC14 beer bloggers and we look forward to learning about the bustling beer scene in Los Angeles!


Jumping at the bit to sign up for the BBC14 pre-con excursion?  We don’t blame you!  The Pre-Conference Excursion is open only to registered attendees of the conference. The cost is $40 for Citizen Beer Bloggers and $80 for both Industry Bloggers and Non-Blogger Participants. Use this link to sign up for the excursion if you are ALREADY registered for the conference.  If you haven’t signed up for the conference yet, please click here to register AND sign up for the pre-conference festivities.



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BBC14 Saturday Dinner with Stone Brewing Co.

July 24th, 2014 · From the Organizers


Stone Brewing Co., founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, and named “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine in 2008 and 2009, is a 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference Grand Sponsor.  They are hosting the BBC14 Saturday dinner on August 23 at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station, its expansive new brewery-restaurant in the heart of Point Loma’s Liberty Station development.

2014 BBC guests will be whisked from the conference hotel to these architectural award-winning environs to enjoy masterfully prepared food and beer pairings.  Stone Co. founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner will be joined by the brewing team and assorted members of Team Stone at the Saturday Beer Bloggers dinner.  Specialty beer samplings at the dinner span  Stone’s entire beer portfolio including everyday mainstays, barrel-aged brews, and ales created on-site.  An overview of the beers made by Stone Brewing Co. can be accessed via their List of Beers.

Brewmaster and Co-founder, Steve Wagner, relays the Saturday dinner with Stone Brewing Co. affords blogger guests the opportunity to experience:

a heaping slice of Stone culture and hospitality few get to experience…

Stone Brewing Co. represents promoting the culture of great beer and great business – they have averaged 43% year-to-year growth during the past 15 years and have been listed in San Diego Business Journal’s “Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies” nine years in a row (2004-2012).  The first keg of Stone Pale Ale was sold on July 26, 1996 to the Pizza Port restaurant in San Diego.  Stone Brewing Co. beers are currently distributed to 41 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) and small amounts are exported to Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Sweden.



About Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station    

The Stone Brewing Co. rooftop solar panels produce about 30% of the power for the brewery and restaurant and much of the kitchen waste is composted – some for use in the gardens and Stone Farms, located in North Escondido, CA.  Spent grain that has been used in the brewing process is repurposed as a mulching tool in the garden, as well.  The rest is used by local farmers as livestock feed and as ingredients in local made soaps and dog treats (Stone Bones!).

A big thanks to 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference sponsor, Stone Brewing Co. – we look forward to this great, interactive, and intimate peek into the culture of Stone Brewing Co. on Saturday, August 23!




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And the Winner of the NBWA Best Beer Writing Contest Is…

July 22nd, 2014 · From the Organizers


The inaugural Best Beer Writing Contest, sponsored by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, has concluded and the winner determined! More than 60 beer bloggers from across the country participated in the Best Beer Writing Contest. They were tasked with writing about the topic: America’s Beer Renaissance: Consumer Choice and Variety in the U.S. Beer Market. While each writer tackled the same subject, each entry offered a unique perspective on the industry based on individual, personal experiences.

Five finalists were chosen by the NBWA from the submissions posted on the Beer Bloggers Conference website based on the following criteria:

  • Strong writing that is both educational and entertaining
  • Unique and insightful point of view
  • Demonstration of a working understanding of the beer business
  • Sharing of real-life examples from the writer’s perspective
  • Incorporation of some form of supporting audiovisual element, such as original photography or video

From among the five finalists – including writers for Growler Fills, The Roaming Pint, Microbrews USA, All the Brews Fit to Pint and 99 Bottles – the winner of the contest was determined by a public vote. Nearly 1,000 votes were cast! The competition to determine the winner was fierce and the five finalists competed neck and neck in the public vote. Drumroll please……

2014 Best Beer Writing Contest Winner

David Bardallis, founder and author of the blog, “All The Brews Fit To Pint” with his submission, “Signs Point to Continued Growth in the U.S. Beer Market – and in Beer Writing.”

Congratulations, David!

As this year’s Best Beer Writing Contest Winner, David is the recipient of waived registration to the Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego this August 22-24, as well as airfare, registration, and lodging for him and a guest at the NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, from September 28-October 1, 2014. The four finalists in the contest also receive waived registration by the NBWA for their participation in the competition.

Kathleen Joyce, Communications Director for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, noted:

Each contest entry made clear that, without a doubt, it is an exciting time to be a beer lover! The U.S. is truly experiencing a beer industry renaissance. This period of exploration and growth in the beer industry is a direct response to consumers growing in sophistication, brewers and importers working to make products to meet those needs, and independent distributors working with licensed retailers to meet the demands of today’s consumer.

Joyce also thanked all participants in the 2014 Best Beer Writing Contest for helping to educate consumers about all of the great beers available in today’s market.

Congratulations once again to David – we look forward to reading more of your great writing as you report on your experiences interacting with beer distributors and other members of the industry at NBWA’s convention in New Orleans!

About the NBWA

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors, whose 130,000 employees are part of an effective system that provides tremendous variety to consumers; generates healthy competition; helps brewers and importers of all sizes grow; and balances a robust marketplace with healthy safety. Follow NBWA on Twitter at @NBWABeer or on Facebook at



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2014 Beer Bloggers Conference – Coming Up This August in San Diego

July 18th, 2014 · From the Organizers

The Woodstock Festival of 1969 represented the summer of love with it’s iconic musical and cultural convergence.   The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference this August 23-24 in San Diego, CA represents a love of a different kind:  for beer.

Proclaimed by Men’s Magazine as the “Best Beer City in America” in 2010 by author, Adam Elder, San Diego is a beer-lover’s paradise.  Warm summer days + ample beach opportunities + laid-back California style + 87 licensed craft breweries and brewpubs as of April, 2014 = good times.  There is no doubt that with the uptick in the craft beer scene and interest in beer, in general, in the U.S. that other cities will compete for the title of “Best Beer City in America” in years to come.  Keeping in the present, the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference converges on the city of San Diego this coming August 23-24 and we look forward to “talking beer” with the new media world of beer bloggers in this fabulous, beer-forward city.

Zephyr Adventures recently wrapped up the successful and well received European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin, Ireland.  We know beer! Fashioned similarly to the EBBC programming, the upcoming American Beer Bloggers Conference will feature content programming that is relevant to the growing new media niche of beer blogging as well as sponsored lunches, dinners, tastings, and the much anticipated pre-conference excursion on Thursday, August 21 through the L.A. beer scene.  There is much to learn at this year’s BBC in San Diego and, of course, many beers to taste, breweries to be introduced to, principals to meet, and camaraderie to happen amongst BBC attendees.

A quick recap of the Agenda for the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego:


  • All sessions will be held at the Marriott Mission Valley hotel unless indicated.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 

Pre-Conference Excursion to Los Angeles

3:00 PM           Pre-conference excursion to L.A.  We will visit Golden Road Brewery, Angel City Brewing, and The Bruery, followed by an evening pub crawl to Smog City Brewing and Monkish Brewing.  The cost is $40 for Citizen Beer Bloggers and $80 for both Industry Bloggers and Non-Blogger Participants. For detailed information and to register, go to this blog post.  The pre-conference tour ends in San Diego at the conference hotel, the Marriott Mission Valley.

Friday, August 22, 2014

12:00 PM         Registration & Opening Lunch hosted by Reyes Beverage Group
1:30 PM            Trade Show
3:00 PM           Conference Opening
3:10 PM            Introduction by Julia Herz of the Brewers Association
3:40 PM            Panel of San Diego Craft Brewers
4:50 PM            Social Media Best Practices
6:00PM            Depart hotel for Karl Strauss Brewing Company
9:00 PM           Evening Party with Lagunitas Brewing Company

Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:30  AM          Breakout Sessions

  • Beer Blog Photography
  • Supercharging your Blogging with

10:40 AM         Breakout Sessions

  • Beer Blog Videography
  • Beer Journalism Ethics

11:45 PM          Depart for lunch at Yard House (return 1:45 PM)
2:05  PM          Keynote Speech – Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada
2:50 PM           Content to be announced
3:45 PM           Live Beer Blogging
5:00 PM          Depart hotel for Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
8:00 PM          Beer Social – integrate all forms of social media with beer tasting (back at hotel) with

Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:30 AM            Blogger Reports – Five-Minute Reports from Eight Bloggers
10:20 AM          Marketing in the Beer Industry
11:25 AM           Cooperative Blogging Panel
12:20 PM          Wrap-up
12:30 PM          Conference Finish


The Conference + the Pre-Conference Excursion through Los Angeles

  • If you are already registered for the conference, you can click on this link to register for the pre-conference excursion.
  • If you are NOT already registered for the conference, you can click on this link to register for both the conference and the pre-conference excursion.  This link also directs you to just sign up for the conference and not the pre-conference excursion through L.A.


The conference host hotel, the Mission Marriott Valley, is 8 miles from the San Diego Hotel.  They are offering the discounted price of $119 for beer blogger rooms.  The hotel is nicely located on the trolley line with connections to all of San Diego’s highlights.   Make your reservations online or by calling 877.622.3056.  The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.  Have no fear:  there are a variety of easy transportation options.

  • Click on this blog post to read more about conference logistics including transportation options and the hotel.



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The Wine Bloggers Conference with the #WBC14 hashtag recently trended #2 in the wine category for 2 days!!  Let’s start using #BBC14 and see if we can outdo the wine bloggers conference!  #1 sounds so good….


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