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Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8
Thursday, August 9
4:00 PM Arrive to host hotel from pre-conference excursion
Friday, August 10
8:00 AM – 6:05 PM Registration & Expo
9:00 – 9:15 AM Conference Welcome
9:15 – 9:45 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.
9:45 – 10:45 AM All-Group Session: Diversity in Beer – Julie Verratti (Chair of Brewers Association Diversity Committee / Founder, Denizens Brewing), Bev Armstrong, Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham. Hear from the advocates who are sparking conversations and moving the needle to promote more diversity in the craft beer industry.
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 12:00 PM Presentation by the National Beer Wholesalers Association: Details coming soon.
1:30 – 2:15 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.
2:15 – 2:35 PM Break
2:35 – 3:35 PM Presentation by Devils Backbone Brewing Company: Details coming soon.
3:35 – 5:35 PM Beer Expo: The Beer Expo is your opportunity to taste beers and meet representatives from all our sponsors.
5:35 PM Depart for Loudoun County Reception & Dinner: Included in conference registration. Taste beers from Loudoun County’s 24 breweries in this off-site reception and dinner at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery. Tours of the hops processing facility and grounds will be provided. Participating breweries can be seen here.
Saturday, August 11
9:30 – 10:20 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
- Podcasting | Panel Discussion – Brian Aldrich | Have a beer podcast or thinking about starting one? Listen to those who have laid down some sound-waves before you. Includes pros/cons, technical set-up, costs, and tips for success!
10:20 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 – 11:20 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
- The Art of Negative Feedback | Paige Latham Didora | Beer blogging involves the responsibility and enthusiasm to propel the industry forward. This session will focus on writing about beer in less-than-ideal circumstances, and the best ways to offer constructive criticism from a professional standpoint.
- Hops: Essential Guide for Sustainable, Small-Scale Production for Home and Market | Laura Ten Eyck
11:20 – 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Breakout Sessions: Choose One of Two
- Insta-Famous | Panel Discussion -Ale Sharpton, Cameron “Garnet_Heart_” | Likes, Followers, and some Beer-Fame can be found in some of the most influential beer-heavy Instagram accounts. We’ve gathered some of those top influencers for a candid discussion on how to improve or start a successful Instagram account.
12:20 – 1:50 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:50 – 2:50 PM All-Group Session: Details coming soon.
2:50 – 3:05 PM Break
3:05 – 4:05 PM Lightning Talks: Hear from eight of your fellow attendees as they each have five minutes to expound on something related to their involvement in the beer industry. These talks are fast and fun. We will put out a call for volunteer speakers to those registered about six weeks in advance of the conference.
4:05 – 5:05 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.
5:05 – 5:20 PM Conference Close and Announcement of 2019
5:40 PM Offsite Dinner hosted by VA Craft Brewers Guild
8:45 PM Evening Reception