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.

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!

Sierra Nevada, the New Brewery in Mills River, and Bloggers Tasting a New Beer

A Note from BBC15 Partner, Sierra Nevada.  We look forward to dinner, a tour, and tasting with them on Friday, July 17!logo-share

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It’s been a big year for us at Sierra Nevada. After years of dreaming and planning and building, we’ve finally opened the doors to our new brewery in Mills River.

We took our time with this new chapter. We installed a monster 20-tap draught system, a pilot brewery for research and development, and a Taproom and Restaurant with a menu inspired by the Southeast. (If the hotel food ain’t cutting it, you can always stop in for a fried chicken donut sandwich.) And, of course, we spent a whole lot of time making sure the beer from Mills River tastes exactly—and we mean exactly—like the beer we brew in Chico.Taproom_PilotBrewhouse

From the fermenters to our environmental impact, from the copper eaves to the light fixtures in the hallway, everything was considered. Our new brewery is a celebration of what we love about craft beer.

The blogging community is not unlike the brewing community. You’re a discerning group—a group who can taste the difference and appreciate the subtleties, and a group that isn’t afraid to speak its mind. You push us to be better. That’s why we’re so excited to share our new brewery with you as we host a visit for this year’s Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference.

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That’s also why we chose your visit for an exclusive look at a new beer, one we’ve been working on for quite a while. We’ll premier the beer and all its details when you roll up—you’ll be the first to taste it.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at our new Mills River brewery at BBC15. We hope you love it as much as we do.

 

BBC15 Asheville Host Hotel Sold Out

We are humbled by all the beer love and interest in the 2015 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference heading to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina this July 17-19.  The enthusiasm is tangible and full to the brim.  And so is our host hotel in Asheville, the Four Points…but don’t worry, we have made an alternative room block for your beer + writing adventures this summer!

The Asheville Four Points has sold all rooms in our room block for Saturday night.  The “overflow” hotel, the Crown Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort, is the sister hotel of the Four Points and is located 2 miles from downtown.  The Crown Plaza is offering free shuttle service to all BBC attendees to ensure that you won’t miss a minute of our action packed, educational AND tasy week.

The conference rate of $169.00 + tax is offered through June 3.  Pick up the phone! Hop on your computer!  Make a hotel reservation before the conference rate is over.  Crown Plaza = 1-888-211-7755 (24/7).  Online bookings are via: BBC Crown Plaza Link.  The group code is “BWC” but if you book online, the code will automatically be inserted.  You can also use the BWC code to check availability online.

Haven’t booked your flights, yet?  If you are joining us on the pre-conference excursion through Raleigh’s beer scene (and we hope you do!), you will need to arrange to arrive into Raleigh and out of Asheville.  As a reminder, the Asheville Regional Airport is 16 miles (approx. 20 minutes) from downtown.  The Crown Plaza DOES offer a a paid pickup and dropoff service to/from the hotel and the Asheville airport which you must book IN ADVANCE of your arrival – give the hotel a jingle to arrange this service in advance as the shuttle is by reservation, only. The Asheville Four Points does NOT have a shuttle service.  You don’t need a rental car once you get to Asheville so your best options if you are staying at the Asheville Four Points 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.  The Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference Facebook Group for Alumni is a GREAT place to connect with fellow conference goers – consider coordinating a rideshare with others!

We look forward to seeing you in the warm, welcoming, and enthusiastic beer environs of Asheville this July!

BBC Changing Name to the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

bbcThe Beer Bloggers Conference is changing its name to the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference.

On the one hand, this might seem like a big deal to change our name and logo. On the other hand, we think it simply reflects what the conference already is.

The Beer Bloggers Conference has always been inclusive. We don’t judge beer bloggers as to their writing or frequency. We welcome all beer sponsors regardless of who they are. And we have always had print beer writers who don’t blog attend our conferences.

In many industries, there has been a rift between bloggers (New Media) and writers (Old Media). In the same way the beer industry is more cooperative than competitive, this rift has never really been an issue in the beer world.

In fact, we actually already consider all beer bloggers to be beer writers, since that is what they do. Beer blogging is a specific platform for writing and not all beer writers use this platform, which is why we decided to change our name to be more inclusive.

Our URL has remained the same and we are still using the #bbc15 and #ebbc15 hashtags, at least for now.

So whether you consider yourself a beer writer or beer blogger, please consider joining us at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference or the European Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference this summer!