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!

Beer Bloggers: The Harpoon is in Your Hands

Harpoon IPAEveryone knows that this year’s Beer Bloggers Conference is going to be… Awesome. Part of that awesomeness includes an evening at Harpoon Brewery on July 27th.

Harpoon is well underway in the planning process of that special night; they have started to work on the food menu and, perhaps more importantly, the beer menu for the evening.

In thinking about what beers to have on tap for you that night, the good people at Harpoon thought it would be great to brew a special beer on their new 10-barrel pilot system just for that night’s dinner!  After some back and forth about what style to brew, they asked if it was possible to let you all decide. Our Answer? Of Course it is!

So tell us, Beer Bloggers, what style of beer would you like Harpoon Brewery to make for you?

If you have a style in mind, let us know in the comment section below.  We will take your style submissions until next Friday, May 24th.  From there, Harpoon’s brewers will whittle the submissions down to 4 or 5 style options and put them up for a vote among you and your readers.  We’ll send out a link to the poll as soon as it’s up and running.

Harpoon BrewhousePer Harpoon, the only real “rules” for style guidelines is that it’s got to be something that they can feasibly brew in time to have it on tap for July 27th.  That means that it can’t be a lager or require ingredients airlifted from an exotic locale.

The winning style will be announced via the pint of beer handed to you as you make your way into Harpoon’s new beer hall for dinner.

In working with the folks at Harpoon Brewery, they’re really excited about hosting everyone on July 27th, and we at BBC can’t wait to see what’s brewed.

Now let the style submissions begin!

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Massachusetts Beverage Alliance to Host Live Beer Blogging

MassBevLogo_Stem_WebWith New England’s rich brewing tradition, and Boston’s love for all things craft beer, it just makes sense that the 2013 Beer Blogger’s Conference will be held Boston this year. The team over at the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance is a sponsor of this year’s conference, and are excited to get involved in the events at #BBC13 because of the opportunity for New England brewers to reach an audience of craft beer lovers from all over the country.

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The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance will be hosting the Live Beer Blogging Event at Burke Distributing. The participating breweries of Live Beer Blogging are:

 

In New England, local beers rule. No matter what sort of bar or store you go into, it’s a guarantee that the local craft brewers’ wares are going to be represented.

It’s an exhilarating time to be in craft beer, and we are lucky to have one of the best local beer scenes in the country. There are so many breweries, stores, bars, bloggers, and of course, tasters that have built up our craft beer community into the truly special thing it is today – Brian Murphy of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance  is a consortium of five distributor houses who joined together to offer state-wide distribution for local and regional craft breweries as well as specialty imports, ciders, and meads.

Each distributor has dedicated craft and specialty representatives that focus exclusively towards the craft category. Each person in all five sales teams are Cicerone Beer Server Certified, and our teams are continuously expanding their knowledge about the ever-changing craft beer culture.

Massachusetts Beverage Alliance offers the best of both worlds for existing and potential breweries. They have one point of contact for centralized ordering and warehousing, P.O.S. coordination, pricing, and big picture strategies.  They also offer in -market expertise and 80+ combined years of relationships from each of the five participating distributors – all of whom have been in business since the end of prohibition.

WorldClassBeerTwitterBasicMassachusetts Beverage Alliance is also a proud member of the World Class Beer Network. World Class Beer is a website and mobile app that is dedicated to proving consumers with the ultimate craft beer experience.They provide “Beer Spy”, “Beer U”, and Monthly Calendars so craft beer enthusiasts can find their favorite beers, learn about beer styles and history, or find out what local events are taking place that they can check out.

Unfortunately, you can’t send someone a beer over the internet (I’ve tried, it just ruined my keyboard…), so getting the word out to the rest of the country can be a challenge. We here at the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance think that by teaming up with bloggers, we can showcase the hard work that our supplier partners have put into their craft, and show the rest of the country how we do it in New England. We are honored to host the Live Beer Blogging event at Burke Distributing and we are looking forward to sharing a beer with you.  We all share a passion for great craft beer and we appreciate the dedication you all have to help spread the word about what we all love to do.  – Brian Murphy of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance

Live Beer Blogging is one of the signature events at each year’s Beer Bloggers Conference. To learn more about this unique agenda item, check out this post and video from 2012.

Attendee List posted for 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston

If you’re curious to see who will be joining us at this year’s Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston, we have now posted the attendee list on our site as well as created a Twitter list of attendees you can follow.

The full attendee roster is available on our website here. This list will be periodically updated as registrations come in.

To view and subscribe to the Twitter list, visit our the 2013 attendee list on twitter.

The conference in Boston this year is filling up quickly, so don’t delay in registering if you want to be able to join us! Register here.

If you’ve already registered, and would like to join our Google Plus group for attendees, send us a request to join. Note: you must have a google plus account to do this.

The winner of the Samuel Adams Lucky Blogger promotion will be announced soon. Thank you to all who participated by registering early!

We will be posting the European Beer Bloggers Conference participation list in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that, and make sure you register to join us in Edinburgh too July 12-13, 2013.

Samuel Adams to Cover Expenses for One Lucky Blogger to BBC13

As you all know, the Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams, is one of our dinner sponsors for the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference, and one of the main reasons we are heading to Boston. Because the Boston Beer company wants to make sure as many beer bloggers as possible can join them at their brewery for the conference this summer, they decided to offer one lucky blogger a free trip to Boston by covering airfare, hotel, and conference registration!

Check out this welcome message from Jim Koch, #BBC13’s Keynote Speaker and host of our Friday night escapades:

If you’ve already registered for #BBC13, then you’re already entered to win! If you’d like to be excluded from the drawing and ensure you pay your own way, email cindy at zephyradventures dot com and let her know.

To enter to win this awesome prize from Samuel Adams, register for the 2013 Beer Bloggers’ Conference by end of day on 2/26/13 and one lucky blogger will be chosen on/around 3/5/13.

Samuel Adams will cover the cost of the winner’s airfare and hotel while at the conference and reimburse the registration fee.

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Once the winner is properly notified and is authorized, they’ll be announced here on our site and their blog highlighted by us.

We want to thank everyone at The Boston Beer Company for their efforts in what will no doubt be one heck-of-a Beer Bloggers’ Conference!

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Below is a summary of the rules. The long-winded version can be found here.

Samuel Adams® Beer Bloggers Conference Promotion
No Purchase necessary.  Promotion open to all US residents who are 21 years of age or older. 1Grand Prize: – A trip for winner to attend the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston, MA. Trip consists of roundtrip, coach class air transportation from a major U.S. gateway airport nearest winner’s residence to Boston, MA and 3 days and 2 nights standard hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy), and one (1) registration fee with an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $1,000.00.  Promotion begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on 12/5/2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/26/2013. Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing on or around 3/5/2013.  To enter register between 12/5/2012 and 2/26/2013 for the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference at http://www.zephyradventures.com/bbc_registration.htm or send a postcard to include name, address, email, phone, DOB and reference to #BBC13 Promotion to:  Beer Bloggers Conference, obo Zephyr Adventures, PO BOX 16, Red Lodge, MT 59068.  Void where prohibited. Email Official.Rules@samueladams.com for Official Rules.

Ray Daniels of the Cicerone Certification Program Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for BBC13 – Boston

BBC13 Keynote Speaker Ray DanielsThe 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston this July is turning out to be quite an event. In addition to an outstanding agenda of beer and social media related content, we are pleased to announce that founder and director of the Cicerone Certification Program, Ray Daniels, is now confirmed as our 2nd event Keynote Speaker.

Ray Daniels is joining beer legend, Jim Koch from Boston Beer Company in the Keynote seat, and we are thrilled to have him be a part of the conference.

In the beer world, Ray Daniels simply has done it all. In addition to the Cicerone Certification Program, Daniels is also a Senior Faculty of the Siebel Institute of Technology – America’s oldest brewing school. Since learning how to homebrew in 1989, Ray Daniels’ resume is quite impressive:

  • 2 time Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
  • Contributor to Zymurgy, All About Beer, American Brewer, Beer and Tavern Chronicle, Brewing Techniques, DRINK , and Malt Advocate
  • Online contributor to allaboutbeer.com, drink.com, and Michael Jackson’s beerhunter.com
  • Creator & organizer of beer tasting events, including the Real Ale Festival in Chicago
  • Editor of The New Brewer and Zymurgy & Publisher of Brewers Publications
  • Founder and former Director of the Craft Beer Marketing program at the Brewers Association
  • Author or publisher of over two dozen books on beer & winner of “Beer Writer of the Year” by the North American Guild of Beer Writers
  • Certified Beer Judge

Given that bio, we can expect Mr. Daniels to have quite a bit to talk about during #BBC13. When asked about speaking to our conference attendees, Mr. Daniels replied

Twenty years ago if you could write, it was pretty easy to get a big audience, but a lot harder to find your own voice due to the filters and noise inherent in the process and the medium. Today, it seems it’s easier to speak with your own voice but a lot harder to get a big audience. Despite the differences, the core values of writing are still essential to success–and still hard to achieve. In addition to sharing some of my thinking on beer today, I’ll share some of the surprising things that made me a better writer and some of the traps I encountered to writing well.

In addition to his thoughts on beer writing and the evolution and future of blogging, Mr. Daniels had a few opinions to share on the subject of on & off-premise establishments. The quotes below are examples of the kind of discussion you can expect to find initiated by Ray Daniels at the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston this July

I’m depressed by the entry of monied operators into the on-premises sector who proclaim themselves as Meccas of beer but clearly can’t meet basic quality standards or minimal server training levels with the number of taps they are building.

I find off-premises retailers who organize their beer offerings by style to be maddening. I think the approach is undertaken without a real understanding of how consumers think about beer and seems inspired mostly by the common categorization methods for wine.  There’s a lesson here that most of us learned long ago: beer is not wine. Efforts to treat it like wine will ultimately result in disappointment.

About the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference

July 26-28, 2013 Boston, MA – which to many is the home of the craft beer explosion due largely in part to the efforts of Jim Koch and the introduction of Samuel Adams Beer.

Registration is open for the conference, and pricing begins at just $95.00 for citizen bloggers. Please check out our America page for complete conference details.

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2013 Beer Bloggers’ Conference Content Surveys

If you’re registered for one of this year’s Beer Bloggers’ Conferences and/or you’ve attended a Beer Bloggers’ Conference in the past you should have received an email earlier this week from us asking that you complete a short survey related to what content you’d like to see at this year’s conferences.

If you have not yet attended one of our conferences and you’re interested this year, we would like to also get your input on what you would like to see as far as conference content. Each year we ask our community of bloggers for their content ideas before sending those ideas back out for community vote. Once we get blogger preferences back, we then work to secure content around those areas.

Our European Beer Bloggers’ Conference will be taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland this year July 12-13. Click here to take survey for #EBBC13

Our North American Beer Bloggers’ Conference will be taking place in Boston, MA this year July 26-28. Click here to take survey for #BBC13.

Beginning next week, we will be compiling feedback and initiating our efforts to secure speakers and finalize content. If you have any questions regarding either Beer Bloggers’ Conference, please feel free to leave a comment here or email us: cindy at zephyradventures dot com.

It is not too soon to register for either Beer Bloggers’ Conference. Secure your spot by visiting our Registration Page.

 

BBC13 Pre-Conference Excursion: Portland, Maine!

Assuming we keep existing past the end of the Mayan calendar next week, we’ll be exploring Portland, Maine as our pre-conference excursion for the 2013 Beer Bloggers’ Conference!

This is a super exciting excursion that will surely sell out, so make sure you register now for the conference and for this fun activity! Cost for citizen bloggers is just $50 and $100 for other participants. Here’s the itinerary:

Thursday, July 25th

Friday, July 26th

  • Bus together to Boston via Portsmouth, NH
  • Beer Pairing lunch at Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

What is not included in this excursion is your transportation to Portland and your lodging. We are working to secure a room block and good rate for us at a local Portland hotel, and will let attendees know those details as we get them. To get to Portland, you can either fly in to Portland’s airport (PWM) and then depart from Boston Logan (BOS). Or – there’s Amtrak’s Downeaster service from Boston’s North Station or Concord Coachlines directly from Logan airport. Both options offer free wi-fi. The bus option is noted to be faster and less expensive than Amtrak,  though Amtrak is more scenic.

Whoo hoo! So who’s in?

 

 

One Thousand Beer Blogs!

Earlier this week, we announced on Twitter that the latest update on our Complete List of Beer Blogs brought us to the one thousand mark of US and Canadian-based beer blogs.  Immediately after posting, we received another rush of emails of bloggers asking to be added to the list, which just goes to show how this online community of beer-enthusiasts is continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate.

These blogs range from homebrewers and commercial brewers, seasoned journalists with a specific passion for beer, education-based information for those looking to learn more and newbies who have just discovered the wide world of beer.  We welcome each and every one of them to the Complete List and appreciate the wide array of opinions and tastes they share!

Our Foreign blog list is nearing the 500 mark, and we know there are likely hundreds of blogs from around the world that we do not yet know of.  At EBBC in Leeds earlier this month, we welcomed bloggers from Bulgaria, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Germany and Poland, and each of them helped us locate and add additional blogs from their communities.

The craft beer industry is growing at an exponential clip, and with it, obviously so is the love of beer by consumers and connoisseurs alike.  The list is constantly transforming, with new blogs opening and old blogs closing down, but overall the growth of this community is clearly a reflection of the booming beer industry, not just in the States, but all over the globe.

A big round of applause to you, beer bloggers, for spreading your passion for a good pint!

Know of any blogs we’re missing? Email us at info (at) beerbloggersconference (dot) org with Blog Name, URL, Location, and Twitter Handle.

Beer Bloggers Conference – Wrapup and 2011 Plans

We had a great showing for the final talks on Sunday morning.  Erik Boles, from BeerTap TV, started the “Presentations by Bloggers for Bloggers” and did a great job of energizing and awakening people who were still recovering from last night! As someone who has transformed a hobby into a revenue stream, Erik was able to provide some suggestions on how to brand your blog, become relevant and ultimately profit from it.

Kerry Finsand of Taplister discussed the importance of creating a user- friendly platform for the increasing number of people using smart phones to read online content.  With the easy tips and suggestions he offered, it became apparent that improving usability among mobile users doesn’t have to be too costly.

Our third presenter, Anne Fitten Glenn of Brewgasm, shared her experience on getting her blog noticed locally, which led to becoming a columnist for the hometown newspaper.  While it is great to review the latest and greatest brews, Anne suggested seizing the opportunity to explore and review your community’s local beer scene as well.

The final speaker for the 2010 Beer Bloggers conference was Jay Brooks from Brookston Beer Bulletin, who wrapped things up by talking about the future of beer blogging.  He briefly discussed how blogging has evolved, with one new blog created every 2.5 days, and over 700 beer blogs started in the past five years.  While some speakers have suggested writing for your audience, Jay offered a contrasting view, believing that you should write what you care about and your audience will find you.  As for the future, Jay believes that bloggers are the future, and the fact that there are conferences for bloggers is proof of that.

During our final 30 minutes, plans for next year’s conference were announced.  Mark Dredge of Pencil and Spoon announced that we will hold the first European Beer Bloggers Conference, to be held in May or June in London.  Mark will be our Chief Blogger for the European conference and we will announce details soon.

Additionally, the next US conference will be in Portland, Oregon, the top vote getter among conference attendees when surveyed previously. We will announce the date and other details soon. See you next year in Portland or London – or both!