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 and writers in attendance.
Cost, Payment, Cancellation, and What is Included
The cost of the conference is $145 for Citizen Bloggers, $295 for Industry Bloggers, and $395 for Others.
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.
Published beer writers 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 Milwaukee, and personal expenses. We have an optional post-conference excursion; cost is $25 (citizen) $50 (industry) and includes some meals and transportation but not hotel and airport shuttle.
The conference will take place at Best Place, site of the historic Pabst brewery. Pabst was the first of the major Milwaukee breweries and grew to become America’s largest brewer from the late 1800s until 1946. The venue has now been converted to an event space and will be the perfect location for a beer conference.
The Conference Hotel
We have reserved a room block at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, right in the heart of the city and a 20-minute walk from Best Place. Attendees have been offered a rate of only $129 for a standard or double room. You can make your BBC17 hotel reservations now by calling 414-935-5940 and letting them know you are with the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference or book online here. Please keep in mind our room block is not big enough to host everyone at the conference and it will sell out.
Transportation: Arrival and Departure
Milwaukee Airport (MKE) is a major airport with many connections.
Please note! Attendees who would like to do the post-con excursion should plan to fly into MKE and out of GRR – Amway Grand Plaza (the post-conference excursion host hotel) does not provide transportation to the airport so attendees should arrange Uber or taxi depending on flight times.
To learn about the post-conference excursion and to register, read here.