Good City Brewing Shares It’s Success With Beer Bloggers for BBC17

goodcityblogpostGood City Brewing is a new 17 bbl production brewery and urban taproom located on Milwaukee’s densely populated East Side. Co-founders Dan Katt, Andy Jones and David Dupee opened Good City guided by the motto “Seek the Good.” This means 3 core values as a brewery:

Excellence

Good City is committed to doing everything with excellence, starting with the liquid. Co-founder and brewmaster Andy Jones is a graduate of prestigious UC Davis brewing program who got his start at Goose Island before heading up operations at Lakefront Brewery.  Andy’s brewing philosophy is to keep things simple by focusing on clean, balanced and drinkable beers.  While offering all kinds of styles, Good City focuses on dry, hop-forward ales. With a conviction that excellent food is central to the overall taproom experience, Good City brought on former Rumpus Room chef Guy Davies to run the kitchen.  Davies has put together a menu that pairs well with Good City’s various beer offerings, particularly the popular curry fries and Malaysian Laksa curry dish, which are perfect companions to Good City’s more hop forward beer styles.

People

Good City seeks to prioritize relationships.  Believing that beer is relational at its core, Good City intentionally designed a taproom where conversation is central.  From the open concept where customers feel close to the production process to the lack of tv’s, everything about the taproom space is about fostering relationships over good beer and good food.   The company also prides itself on being a great place to work and grow professionally.

Place

Good City seeks to harness the energy around craft beer towards productive outlets that improve the city of Milwaukee.  Most of Good City’s beer names reflect what the founders believe are keys to any good city.  The brewery also supports local non- profits through its Drink for Good and Seek the Good Saturday programs.

Six Good Months

Having opened June 17, 2016, Good City has accomplished much in six short months: 18 beers brewed; over 100 draft accounts; launch of 12 oz. cans (Motto Mosaic Pale Ale); launch of barrel aging program (BA Density Imperial Stout); weekly taproom cask program; and several awards that include Milwaukee Magazine’s Best of Milwaukee, WCREW People’s Choice Award for new real estate projects, and inclusion in Eater’s list of Top 11 Hottest New Milwaukee Restaurants.

What’s in Store for BBC17?

The Good City team is excited to host the 2017 Beer Bloggers & Writers attendees in the taproom.  The dinner event will include a buffet spread of local cheese, curry fries, sliders, and other items from the menu designed and prepared by Brewery Chef Guy Davies.  These freshly prepared food items will be paired with 12 different Good City beers on tap, which co-founder and brewmaster Andy Jones will walk the group through.  Good City owners will also show the group around the production space.

good_city_in4Sound like fun?  That’s because it will be.  If you have not registered yet for BBC17, please do so and join this Saturday night excursion to Good City Brewing plus many more beer adventures.

Experience Grand Rapids Hosts the 2017 Post-Conference Excursion

experience-grand-rapidsThe 2017 Beer Blogger & Writers Conference comes to Milwaukee for the first time in it’s 8 years running and the reception received from breweries and local partners has been outstanding.  To kick off what will be a slew of awesome announcements about the BBC17 conference agenda, beer tours and plans for August 3-6 2017 is the post-conference excursion.

Taking attendees across Lake Michigan, Experience Grand Rapids has planned an exceptional journey into the legitimate and flourishing Michigan beer scene.

With the close of the 2017 conference on Sunday August 6th, attendees get to take to the water and jaunt across the pond for a great tour to 5 plus breweries.  Dinner plans and beer breakfast arrangements  and rest their weary, beer-loving heads at an outstanding hotel.

This excursion will certainly sell out quickly and only 30 slots are available.  Read details on the Experience Grand Rapids excursion.

Register Here!

5 Things You Can’t Miss at #EBBC16 in Amsterdam

The 2016 European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is coming in HOT to Amsterdam on August 19-20th and we are truly excited to be hosting this event in such an awesome location with great sessions, exclusive excursions and sponsors this year. If you are on the fence about attending #EBBC16, get on board as we have a lot going on this year — you won’t want to miss out!

IMG_1406#1. Learn that beer in the country is not all about Heineken. Join us for this great session of the History, Present, and Future of Beer in The Netherlands seminar led by Michel Ordeman, “Head of Church” at Jopenkerk Brewery and co-founder of the Campaign for Netherlands Beer Styles, and Rick Kempen of Bier & Co. The seminar will be orated by Arnoud Paternot of the blog Beste tot nu toe. Hear about how new beer styles are evolving alongside traditional Dutch styles in The Netherlands, followed by a tasting of ten craft beers at Live Beer Blogging. Beers will be poured by the brewers themselves, so you will have a one-of-a-kind tasting experience exclusive to EBBC.

#2. Hang out with the brewmaster from Pilsner Urquell, which for the sixth consecutive year is sponsoring the conference. Enjoy a world class beer dinner hosted by the iconic brewery, which has been a long-time supporter and friend to beer bloggers and writers around the world. The price of the meal is included in registration!

#3.  Improve your beer tasting skills with a Multi-Sensory Workshop on Beer Flavours hosted by Dale Smith from FlavorActiV. Dale will conduct a sensory workshop to introduce common beer faults and positives, with a tasting session and live results to test the skills of the audience.

Koningshoeven kaft#4. Attendees can participate in one pre-conference excursion to Den Bosch, where guests will receive a complimentary overnight stay, as well as lunch, dinner, an easy 40 minute bike ride, a canal tour and three private brewery tours and tastings including a visit and tasting at La Trappe. An evening pub crawl will also be organized for those who choose to spend the evening in the city! A post-conference excursion to Bodegraven, the Netherlands will bring you to to Brouwerij De Molen for a private tour, tastings, and a lunch.

#5. The European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is the only annual gathering of beer writers from throughout Europe, who will convene in Amsterdam City along with brewmasters and brewers whose breweries exhibit a unique and lengthy history of beer making by the Dutch. Plus, it’s beer tasting in Amsterdam–what’s not to love?

 

Register today and we will see you in Amsterdam on the 19th!

Discover Beautiful Beer and Food in Amsterdam at EBBC16

Our friends over at Dutch Beer Pages sent some quality information for our #EBBC16 attendees.  It’s not too late to join us for this event in Amsterdam!

I’ve been blogging on dutchbeerpages.com now for over 6 years. When I started there were a few brewers that I thought were interesting to interview and write about. I didn’t really know then the beer scene here in the country would explode. We have now have over 300 breweries all over the country. When I lived in Amsterdam there were only a few, but other great ones like De Molen or Jopen were nearby. I now live between major cities Amsterdam and Utrecht, fortunately still close.

So you’re going to Amsterdam? Welcome, we are happy to have you here.  Amsterdam is one of those cities that even when you have never visited you know things about. Here I won’t be talking about the obvious places you should go that are in any travel guide. No stories about how great the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh museum are, or how impressive it is to stand in Anne Frank’s house. All things you should visit if you have the chance.

Here I want to present to you some of my favorite beer and food spots. Just a little bit to whet your appetite so you can walk, or bike, or take the tram to discover some new spots in the area.

Here it is, the Dutch Beer Pages 3 X 4 (beer) Guide to Amsterdam.

Breweries

What better then to actually go to the source of this wonderful fluid. The number of brewers is rising rapidly in Amsterdam. Only a few years ago the city actually lagged behind somewhat compared to other cities in the country, but now it has become a premier beer destination. You might have noticed I said brewers and not breweries. Because of the high costs of having your own brewery many brewers are still contract brewers who brew somewhere else. But there are at least four breweries that  are worth visiting, for more than beer alone.

Brouwerij ‘t IJ

The mother of all Dutch independent breweries. A brewery that started well anyone in the country even had an IPA. ‘t IJ is named after the river IJ that now separates Amsterdam from the Northern part of the city, the river the ships started their journey to Asia on. The pronunciation of IJ is the same as the Dutch word for egg (ei), the reason why you might find drawings of eggs on their labels.

This brewery started in the 1980s when the number of craft breweries was low. In an old bathing house under windmill they started brewing Belgian inspired beers with great success. Lately they have moved into even more interesting roads with a more American inspired range of beers. Go here on a nice summer night to have a beer in their garden. It was the most iconic craft brewery in the city last century, and it still is. If you are only visiting one brewery, this should be the one.

http://www.brouwerijhetij.nl/?lang=en

Troost

A new brewery that has quickly opened a second brewery in the Westerpark, a great area of the city. Is it the best beer that you can get? No, but it does make up for that in location and in food. The first location is in De Pijp, an 100 year old former working class neighborhood that is now a trendy part of town.

Troost De Pijp occupies a former school, a beautiful building, on the Cornelis Troostplein, hence the name. With a good view of brewing in practice be sure to have one of their burgers or great flammkuchen, and wash it down with one of their brews. The quality of beer is improving, but come for the food.

http://brouwerijtroost.nl/en/

De Prael

The location of De Prael is typical for Amsterdam. Where else in the world will you find religion, prostitutes, a historical museum and craft beer within 100 meters? Amsterdam’s old city is where! It was here that centuries ago ships from Northern Germany delivered their beer. Amsterdam had the sole right to import this quality beer, one reason the city grew and got richer. And now De Prael brews here. It is possible to visit, go on a tour and drink their beer in the nearby tasting toom. What makes it a special place is that it is also a place of work for those far removed from the job market. Here they can work and learn skills. They are not the only ones who do this now, but they were one of the first. A visit here therefore has more benefits than just pampering your tastebuds.

http://deprael.nl/en_GB/homepage/

Oedipus

The guys running Oedipus have started a unique brewery on the shore of Amsterdam-Noord. It might look far but ferries go up and down all day for free. After a great look on the city from ‘t IJ it is a short walk to Oedipis. The building might be like any other, but their beers are exceptional and unique. Beers with an array of Asian spices are nothing for them, but they can also make a great IPA or Berliner Weisse. Of all the breweries in the capital that started brewing in the last 5 years Oedipus is the most unique, hip and exciting. Last July saw their first international beer festival, an instant success. If there is one brewery in Amsterdam that can be called meteoric, it is Oedipus. And if you’re there, have a look at the bathroom doors.

http://oedipus.com/

 

Food

Tony Bourdain visited the city once on one his layover episodes. It wasn’t his culinary highlight to say the least. But there is still some great food ranging from Michelin star restaurants to cheap meals under 10 euro’s. I have had guests from all over the country visit me, here are some of the places I have taken them too, and all of them not too expensive.

Food Hallen

For a long time Amsterdam West was a part of the city that wasn’t really worth visiting. But like almost every other neighborhood next to the downtown, West also has  been going through a resurgence lately. New diners, restaurants and cafés are popping up all over and beer isn’t far behind. If you like smoked meat and craft beer then Bar Brouw is the place for you. Don’t expect to get a meal here for under 10 euros but as a treat it is great. Not far from here are the Food Hallen. In a former garage for trams multiple small business set up shop, but the reason you should go is the food. It is basically a food truck festival under a roof. Anything from oysters, pulled pork sandwiches to quinoa sushi. Just check the website to see what you can get there. And oh, you can get good local beer too at the beer bar.

http://foodhallen.nl/

 

Indonesian and Surinamese food

When Indonesia finally became independent from the Netherlands thousands of Dutch and mixed families returned. With them they brought a wonderful cuisine that is now almost our national food. It won’t take too long to run into one wherever you are. Prices generally are under  €10 and they will happily tell you what is good. If you are with a group and are ok with spending a little more get a Rijsttafel, an assortment of Indonesian dishes.

Another former colony that has enriched our cuisine is Surinam. Their food is an interesting mix of South-American, Chinese and Indian dishes. But when you walk into a restaurant or small take away place get the roti. I am not going to tell you what that is, just get it.

Fries, Kroketten, Bamischijf

Belgium might be known for its fries and beer, Holland makes both as well and just as good.  Please people, get Flemish fries (Vlaamse Friet). And always get them with a sauce, preferably mayonnaise. Remember the opening scene of Pulp Fiction? Yes, we fucking drown them in that shit and it’s so good.

My personal favorite is Vleminckx in the Voetboogsteeg. It is easy to find, there is always a long line in front of what is nothing more than a hole in the wall. Get your fries and choose from the many different sauces. Mayonaise, ketchup, peanutbuttersauce or my favorite: special. This is mayo, (curry) ketchup and chopped onions. Very cheap compared to other meals and quite filling.

A more Dutch snack is the kroket. Ragout with a crust. Hmm, maybe that doesn’t sound very appealing but trust me it is. Every ‘snackbar’ sells them, even the McDonalds has a version of it called the McKroket. But you are better off trying a kroket from Van Dobben, Kwekkeboom (two brands) or the Febo. The Febo is a chain ‘restaurant’ that mostly sells fries and snacks. Their kroket is more than decent, the veal is my favorite (kalfskroket). And you don’t even have to order! Just only have to put the right amount of coins in a slot and open a little window and take it out. It is that easy. There is also an Indonesian influence, you can get a nasischijf or bamibal. The first is fried rice with crust, the second thick noodles with crust. All is deep fried by the way.

There are small, round, versions of the kroket called the bitterbal. If you go beerdrinking anywhere the chances are great you can get a plate of them, they go wonderfully with beer.

Anything on the Zeedijk

I will admit right here and now that I am quite partial to Asian food. Some of the best you can get on the Zeedijk. Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai are just five of the cuisines you can find. Some of these offer great meals around €10.

Drinking

In De Wildeman

An oasis of quiet in the hectic downtown area of Amsterdam. This place has been here for 30 years now and has always been a great place to find good beer. Wooden interior, a very knowledgeable staff and over 15 taps, let alone a huge book full of bottles. If I can only go to one place, this is it.

When Anthony Bourdain visited Amsterdam for his Layover series, he spent some hours here and seemed to like it. That says enough right?

http://www.indewildeman.nl/index.php?lang=en

Arendsnest

When this bar was opened early this century it tried to have only Dutch beers. Something that was then a very bold move and at times hard because the amount and the quality wasn’t always great. But boy was the owner right. The number of taps has grown and is now a whopping 51 of just Dutch beer. The Eagles Nest is an unique place and one of the most important engines that drives the current Dutch Craft Beer Revolution. A visit to Amsterdam is not complete without having at least one beer here.

http://www.arendsnest.nl/

Beer Temple

Started by the same visionary that started ‘t Arendsnest. This bar is focused mainly on American beer or American-style beers. You can also get Scandinavian, Italian or British beers. If you look at pure quality of beer alone this place might easily be the best. There is a similar bar called Craft & Draft further away on the Overtoom. Same owner, same quality.

http://www.beertemple.nl/

Any brown café

A brown café is a typical Amsterdam pub. Usually small, usually only two taps with Heineken or Amstel. Don’t go here hunting for special beers, but of all the places you can drink it come closest to a Dutch experience.

What else to do?

We have covered eating and drinking in Amsterdam, but there is more to do. I already mentioned the museums in the intro. These are not cheap and you often have to wait in line. It is worth the wait and the money though. The Van Gogh museum has a huge collection of impressionist art, the Rijksmuseum has Rembrandts, Vermeers etc.

Walk or bike

Downtown Amsterdam is an open air museum. The canal area has been like this for about 400 years, with only minor changes. Just walking around the canals and looking at the buildings is a treat. Pay attention to the gable stones. If you want a slightly more different, and dangerous, experience you can rent a bike and one of the many bike rental places. Cruise through the city, but be careful, traffic can be brutal with all the tourists, bikes, trams and cars. Another great way to see the city is from the water. A boatride on the canal might be touristy, but you will see the city from a different view and learn something in the process. And talk the locals if you want to know more. Everyone here speaks English and are happy to talk.

I have lived in Amsterdam with pleasure for 10 years and if I have the change will move back as soon as possible. I hope my personal favorite tips will help you have a great time here and maybe I will meet some of you.

Ready to get on board for #EBBC16 August 19-20th?  We would love to have you for this fantastic event.  Register here to be a part of a fun Amsterdam adventure.

Martijn Buisman
Dutchbeerpages.com

 

EUROPEAN BEER BLOGGERS CONFERENCE – Live Beer Blogging!

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Amsterdam, proud host of this year’s EBBC, is a city bustling with beer. It has been so since the past five centuries but what has happened in the last five years puts all its beer history to small change. Boasting 45 breweries registered in the city (of which eleven actually have the hardware), Amsterdam hosts 10% of the total Dutch brewery’s list of today. Moreover: it’s all about creativity.

As the widely acclaimed beer writer Tim Webb predicted some three years ago, The Netherlands have quickly grown to be one of Europe’s leading and most innovative beer nations. The creativity is partly due to the nation’s trading heritage: we’ve always been pretty good at identifying an opportunity, then adopt, adept and improve it. The Dutch brewing scene gained a reputation some ten years ago by brewers like Menno Olivier (De Molen), Kees Bubberman (then Emelisse, now Kees) and Michel Ordeman (Jopen). Some breweries already had their name: ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, Texel (on the namesake island) and La Trappe boast decades of brewing experience, and great beer. Today beer is again everywhere:  Zundert Trappist, Oersoep (Nijmegen, sour beers), Maximus (Utrecht, classics), De Prael (Amsterdam, modern classics) and Oedipus (Amsterdam, neo-classic innovation) are but a few examples.

Spending two days in Amsterdam will offer you awesome and ample opportunities to see with your own eyes, and taste with your own taste buds, what the state of Holland as a Beer nation is like, and ditto for its Beer Capital, Amsterdam. Bier&cO, as a proud sponsor, will offer two events to illustrate it all. Firstly, on the final – Saturday – night of the Convention, it will host a ‘free for all’ at Amsterdam’s most illustrious beer parlor, In de Wildeman. Come meet and greet your fellow bloggers for a final couple of rounds of drinks as these will be on our bill. Starting 22:00, we’ll host you all good-bye hospitality with the best beers in town.

Secondly, during EBBC, we’ll host ‘Live Beer Blogging’– a session in which brewery representatives, in most instances the brewer’s themselves, will pour you their favorite beer and tell you all about it.

Expect this line-up of breweries and brewers:

To top it off we’ll send you away with a small goodie bag, holding all details, pictures and information on the breweries present. What else is in the bag should be, well, a goodie.

We can’t wait to see you in our home town and share, explore and cheer the beers of Amsterdam and The Netherlands. Cheers to you!

EBBC Pre-Conference Excursion Details = Amazing

The EBBC16 pre-conference excursion: a chance to experience the renowned hospitality of Brabant, the Netherlands, and taste the finest beers of the region by visiting three famous breweries!

 

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The starting point of the excursion is the lovely historical city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. From here the excursion includes hotel, lunch & dinner, an easy 30 to 45 minute bike ride, a canal tour and three private brewery tours and tastings, including a visit and tasting at La Trappe. To make sure you have a comfortable and relaxing experience, the excursion includes bus transportation to all locations and your hotel stay at the Golden Tulip Central (what a treat!).

infobordImmerse yourself in the life of the Trappists and experience the mystical atmosphere of the Koningshoeven Abbey which brews the renowned ‘La Trappe’ beer.
The sampling room is located in the middle of the beautiful gardens of this Trappist monastery.
The provinces North Brabant, Limburg and Antwerp offer an inspiring cycle route alongside 5 abbeys with Trappist beers. We will guide you during a short cycle trip of 45 minutes so you can enjoy the beautiful countryside and villages with their charming street cafes.
During this short trip we will stop at a very special brewery in the charming village of Oirschot. The zytologist of the brewery ‘de Oirsprong’ will tell you all about the 400 years of brewing experience. We will finish the tour with a tasting of the local beers.
This is where we leave our bikes and return to the historical city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where life is good and the nights are long. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands. It is also the place where the famous painter Jheronimus Bosch lived and worked around 500 years ago.

You will experience all about his wondrous work and life during the Bosch Experience boat tour along the narrow canals. The Binnendieze is the collective name for the centuries-old system of waterways within Den Boschs’walls.

Koningshoeven kaftWhen evening falls, a lovely dinner awaits you, including a tasting of the beer menu at Bar le Duc, which is only 5 minutes away from your hotel. After dinner you will have time to stroll around the market square of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Participants on the excursion will get to enjoy one night at the Hotel Golden Tulip Central in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

After breakfast you can enjoy a relaxing morning and further explore the city. Later on during the day we offer you free transport back to Amsterdam by coach.

A not to be missed cultural and gastronomic experience in the heart of the Netherlands.

To register for #EBBC16 and the pre-conference excursion with Visit Brabant, please do so here

 

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BBC16 Recap

The 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers conference has passed and though we are now focusing on a great event for 2017, we want to recap and thank everyone who was with us in Tampa!!

This year, BBC16 was grateful to be invited to Tampa Bay, Fl and our partner and sponsor, Visit Tampa Bay did not disappoint in any way.  With a spectacular host hotel, 127 craft beer bloggers, writers, and other participants descended upon the sunshine state to see what this “up and coming” beer town had to show us.

Zephyr Conferences works hard to put on an event that has a good balance of beer and content…and as you can imagine, that is not always easy.  We had great speakers for BBC this year and were very lucky to secure top notch presenters to  bring important craft beer economic information, plus new tactics and new content strategies for writers coming in for #BBC16 from over 30 states.  We look forward to sharing those presentations with our 2016 attendees next week.

Adding to the balance of putting on a good writing conference is the location. Tampa Bay, Florida threw their hat into the craft beer writing gauntlet and came out shining.  Every single brewery and event that was presented to writers to was a hit.  Tampa gave us a great showing of locally-brewed beers, featuring some rare and even near-impossible-to-get brews for bloggers to enjoy.  I think our 2016 attendees would agree with Julia Herz from CraftBeer.com when she tweeted,  “you have arrived”

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Event Highlights – The  first nights progressive dinner, organized and put on by the Tampa Marriott Waterside, set the bar high.  Perfect, small bites, paired with beers from Coppertail, Funky Buddha (holy smokes on the French Toast Double Brown), Green Bench, and Cigar City was amazing.   On day two, attendees were treated to a short trip to a four-course beer pairing lunch at World of Beer with MillerCoors.  Next up, the fun and speedy event of Live Beer Blogging was well put together by our gracious friends over at JJ Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.  Finally, our Tampa experience was topped off with a beautiful beerventure organized and hosted by Visit Tampa Bay where all attendees got to drink and dine at all three of these local, grass roots, and hugely successful breweries: Ulele, Coppertail and Cigar City Brewing.  To all locations that hosted BBC16 attendees this year, thank you for having us…you put on quite a spread!

We look forward to reading all attendees’ blog posts about the conference, events, beers, breweries and experience.  Please post them in the comments below or throw them up on our blog tracker so we can see and re-share your content for you!

A special thanks to everyone who attended as we could not be doing THIS, without YOU.

Please follow @beerbloggers on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page.  Attendees and alumni can also request to join our alumni group to network and share information.

See you all in 2017!

Live Beer Blogging with J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc

Live Beer Blogging is the ultimate in beer speed dating tasting.  In a matter of 50 mins, bloggers, writers and craft beer lovers from all over the United States (we have 30 states at BBC this year) get to taste and think fast in order to write & share their thoughts on unique craft beers presented.  This year, we have a special event planned by  J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. at their warehouse in Tampa, Fl.  BBC attendees will be taken from the Marriott Waterside to the main  J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. operations warehouse where our Live Beer Blogging will commence.

How does it work? All ten beers are poured at the same time. One beer is poured at one table for five minutes and then the breweries rotate….ten times. We will have 10 tables with seating for 12 at each table.

Each BBC person attending #LBB will receive the following:

    • A tasting booklet detailing each of the breweries represented, their social channels & hashtags and a section for guests to include their tasting notes
    • A pen to write with
    • Souvenir tasting glass to be used to sample each of the 10 breweries beers
    • Bottled water
    • Card with WiFi instructions / password
    • Communal trays of cheese and crackers

Explanation, flavors, brewing methods will be shared, writers will taste and BAM, live beer blogs will begin to scatter the craft beer blogosphere.

BLOGGERS!   

Make sure laptops and devices fully charged when you depart the hotel.

Please make sure to tag the brewery when you share your thoughts.  You can also include #LBB, #BBC16 for easy searches going on during the conference. 

Here is a complete list of Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and of course hashtags for the breweries who will be pouring:

List of Participating Breweries / Beers: Follow the Twitter List

  • #CCB, #CigarCityBeer
  • #crookedthumbbrew
  • #FBC #floridabeercompany
  • #Lagunitas

 

  • #newbelgium

 

  • #saltwaterbrewery

 

  • #sierranevada
  • #stpetebrewingco
  • #taketerrapin

A huge thank you to  J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. for organizing this complex event and for bringing spectacular breweries for #BBC16 attendees!  Connect with them here:

  • #JJTFL

 

 

Try to Keep Track at BBC16 Night of Many Bottles

It’s ON….and we have a LOT of beers to share this year!  In the interest of keeping things consistent and somewhat organized, we wanted to try out a simple yet effective (maybe) test on getting all the beers published for those who hauled them in from all over the U.S.

Here is how NOMB goes down:

After our Beer Expo from 8-10pm, we will open the walls up to all the beers!

We have a form online for those who brought beer…hopefully everyone filled it out.

View the form on your phone during #NOMB, taste and share the beers you love on your blog, social media, with your mom…whomever.

View the #BBC16 Night of Many Bottle Submissions

Mingle, drink up and have a good time.  See you at 10!

 

Come Back To Tampa When You Tap Into Waterside

Or 2016 sponsors and host hotel have thrown a very special treat out to craft beer bloggers & writers.  It does not get much sweeter than this!  You get your pick to return to this gorgeous hotel with VIP tickets to EITHER the Craft Beer Festival OR Tampa Bay Beer Week! Woot Woot!

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Want a chance to win a return trip to Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina during one of Tampa’s biggest and best beer festivals?  Here’s what you need to do during your stay with us:

      • Start snapping and submit your pics via Instagram of:
          • Your fav pour at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference Expo
          • Your fav food and brew pairing at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference dinner on Friday night, hosted by Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
          • Your fav spot in the hotel to enjoy a cold brew
      • Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #TapIntoWaterside & #BBC16 to be considered
      • One Instagram pic will be chosen by our panel of judges and the winner receives:
          • A 2-night stay at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

And your choice of:

Or

          • 2 VIP tickets to Tampa Bay Beer Week’s Halfway There, A Rare Beer Festival at the Cuban Club in Ybor (September TBD)

 

Stop by our booth at registration to learn more about the contest along with our DigitalPour system on tap at Champions.

DigitalPour is a draft inventory management system with a customer-facing, state-of-the-art digital beer menu.  The menu a dynamic display of product information including styles, glassware, color of beverage, pricing, flavor icons and real-time keg 2016-06-08 02.08.38levels!  This system not only lets you know how many pours are left in that special edition keg, but it also promotes engagement by showing live social feeds and easily links to websites, social media and mobile applications.  On the back-end, DigitalPour is gathering sales data, managing inventory and offering sales analytics to give us better insights on what our customers are drinking and support future decision-making.  Readily adaptable to support other beverages on draft, like wine, coffee, tea and custom cocktails, it can also help distributors and beverage producers better serve the needs of their on premise and retail partners.

Swing by Champions and Check In to see DigitalPour in action!