Logistics – BBC Asheville

Who Should Attend

* Citizen Bloggers and Writers who write about beer or the beer industry.
* Industry Bloggers who have a blog related to their brewery or other beer industry business.
* Digital Media Innovators who work in the world of blogging and social media.
* Beer Industry members who would like to learn about digital media or interact with bloggers in attendance.

Cost, Payment, Cancellation, and What is Included

The cost of the BBC is as follows:

  • Citizen Bloggers and Writers $120 (see agreement below)
  • Industry Bloggers $220 (see agreement below)
  • General Registrants $320

Citizen Beer Bloggers (those unaffiliated with a business or organization other than a media outlet) pay a reduced rate if you agree to write at least two blog posts about the conference. What you write about is up to you – the conference itself, a sponsor, a beer you try, the content, etc. Industry bloggers (those connected to a business or other organization) pay a partially reduced rate if you agree to write at least one blog post about the conference. If you choose not to accept this condition, you are free to register at the General Registration rate.

To sign up as a blogger, you must have an active (at least three current posts) blog that has been in existence at least three months. You must be listed as a contributor on the blog. Friends and spouses you wish to bring with you who are not clearly identified on your blog as part of the team need to sign up under the general registration category. Please be accurate in selecting your category as we will confirm your status and it takes both of us a lot of time if we have to contact you.

Beer writers connected to a media outlet are considered Citizen Bloggers & Writers even if they do not have an online blog.

The conference includes multiple beer tastings, two dinners, one or two lunches (pending sponsorship), and outstanding content. Not included in the conference price are your hotel, transportation to and from Asheville, and personal expenses. We will have an optional pre-conference excursion at a small additional price with information to come.

The Conference Hotel

Our host hotel is the Four Points Asheville, a hotel that actually advertises itself as a beer-centric establishment. The hotel is perfectly located in downtown Asheville with 10 breweries within a mile walk. Hotel prices in Asheville in the summer are not cheap and we are lucky to have secured a rate of $159 for rooms. The downside is our room block is not large, so please book your room soon using the Four Points Asheville BBC Group Reservations page.

As of Thursday May 7th, 2015, the host hotel has sold all rooms in our room block for Saturday night. Our overflow hotel, the Crown Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort  is located 2 miles from the host hotel, the Four Points Asheville. The Crown Plaza will be offering free shuttle service to all BBC attendee’s to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of our action packed weekend. A rate of $169.00 per night is offered to you through June 3rd, 2015. Please do not hesitate to make your reservations soon. You can do so easily by calling the following number: 1-888-211-7755 (24/7), to receive our special rate please state that you are with the Beer Blogger’s and Writer’s Conference or use the following link, BBC Group Rate, to automatically add the group code when booking online. You may also use the code BWC to check availability online.

using the FourPoints Asheville BBC15 Group Reservations page – See more at: http://beerbloggersconference.org/#sthash.7pH1JXRc.dpuf

Transportation: Arrival and Departure

The Asheville Regional Airport is 16 miles and 20 minutes from the hotel. The hotel does not have shuttle service. You won’t need a rental car in Asheville and so your best options are to book a taxi when you arrive or hire a shuttle in advance. The Asheville Airport Shuttle and Asheville Airport Express both charge $40 one way and a taxi costs about $45.

Other airports in the region that might have less expensive airfares include Charlotte (2:15), Atlanta (3:30), Raleigh (4:00, and Nashville (4:30). Keep in mind the pre-conference excursion starts in Raleigh on Thursday, so if you join that you can fly into Raleigh and out of Asheville.

We suggest you join the pre-conference excursion or consider flying into Asheville one day early or flying out of Asheville one day late. The conference agenda is busy and we can only visit a limited number of breweries. Planning an extra day on your own will allow you to visit breweries you wish to experience.