Below is the skeleton agenda for BBC18 in Loudoun County, Virginia. We will filling out the schedule in the coming months. All sessions will take place at the DoubleTree host hotel unless otherwise indicated. To receive updates on the 2018 event, please subscribe to our blog via the Stay Updated box to the right, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9
4:00 PM Arrive to host hotel from pre-conference excursion
6:00 PM Kickoff Party
Friday, August 10
8:30 AM – 6:05 PM Registration & Expo
9:30 – 9:45 AM Conference Welcome
9:45 – 10:15 AM Introduction – Julia Herz of the Brewers Association: Julia has provided the introduction on every single BBC since its inception and always offers a dynamic presentation of the current state of craft beer and how that is pertinent to beer bloggers.
10:15 – 11:15 AM All-group session – Panel
11:15 – 1:00 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:00 – 2:00 PM NBWA Sponsored Content
2:00 – 2:45 PM Keynote – Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head: Growing from the smallest craft brewery to a Top 20 one took passion, dedication, and a collaborative spirit. Sam is excited to share that spirit and join us at BBC18 where he plans to share the Ideal of Collaboration throughout the History of the Craft Brewing Renaissance.
2:45 – 3:05 PM Break
3:05 – 4:05 PM Devils Backbone Brewing Company Sponsored Content
4:05 – 6:05 PM Beer Expo: The Beer Expo is your opportunity to taste beers and meet representatives from all our sponsors.
6:05 PM Depart for Loudoun County Reception & Dinner: Included in conference registration. Taste beers from Loudoun County’s 24 breweries in this off-site reception followed by dinner at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery. Participating breweries: Adroit Theory Brewing, B Chord Brewing Co., Barnhouse Brewery, Belly Love Brewing Company, Beltway Brewing Company, Bike TrALE Brewing, Black Hoof Brewing Company, Black Walnut Brewing, Crooked Run Brewing, Crooked Run Central, Dirt Farm Brewing, Dog Money Restaurant & Brewery, Jack’s Run Brewing Company, Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Lost Rhino Retreat, Loudoun Brewing Company, Ocelot Brewing Company, Old 690 Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery, Quattro Goomba’s Brewery, Rocket Frog Brewing Co., Solace Brewing Company, Twinpanzee Brewing Co. and Vanish Farmwoods Brewery
Saturday, August 11
9:30 – 10:20 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
10:20 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:20 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
11:20 – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
12:20 – 2:20 PM Lunch On Your Own
2:20 – 4:35 PM Conference Content
4:35 – 5:35 PM Live Beer Blogging: Live Beer Blogging has been one of the most successful and fun events at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference since our first year. You will have the opportunity to try 10 beers in 50 minutes. In each round, a brewery representative will have five minutes to pour his or her beer, describe the beer, and answer questions before moving on to the next table. It is a fast, fun, and crazy beer tasting experience that helps writers practice their tasting and reviewing skills and helps breweries distill their message.
5:35 – 6:05 PM Conference Close and Announcement of 2019
6:15 PM Depart for Offsite Dinner: Included in your conference registration
8:45 PM Evening Reception
Sunday, August 12
9:30 AM Depart for Post-Conference Excursion to Richmond, VA: Click here for excursion details and to register.