Beer Bloggers Conference starts Friday
In just a few days – Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, to be precise – I will be signing in at the inaugural Beer Bloggers Conference at the downtown Marriott in Boulder, Colorado. Or, to use the fancier title, the 2010 International Beer Bloggers & Online Media Conference.
Spearheaded by Zephyr co-owner Allan Wright, the conference will bring together more than 100 folks who express their passion online for good beer. Most are “citizen bloggers”; others are affiliated with breweries or other facets of the beer industry.
As editor of Road Trips for Beer, I plan frequent updates during the conference on this site, on the Twitter account, and on the Facebook page. You can follow all the bloggers on Twitter by searching for the hash tag #BBC10.
The conference takes place Nov. 5-7, and will include speakers, beer blog site reviews, educational sessions and beer dinners. Check out the complete agenda here.
One highlight will be a Bring Your Own Bottles Night on Friday, in which bloggers will share local craft beers from whichever region of the country they hail from. Also, the guys from Beer Tap TV will share a bottle of BrewDog’s The End of History with some lucky comrades. (If you’ve been living under a rock, the Scottish brewery only produced a dozen bottles of the 55% ABV beer. The other 11 bottles were sold for $700 each. And yes, the bottles are nested inside taxidermied road kill).
And on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. MDT, a live beer blogging session will give select breweries a chance to present some of their beers to tables of bloggers in round-robin fashion. Think speed-dating, except with beer. I haven’t figured out exactly how I will present this for Road Trips for Beer, but stay tuned.
In the Extend-a-Hand category, mention must be made of the Beer Bloggers Scholarship Fund, formed by committee and spearheaded by Ilya Feynberg of Damn That’s Good Beer!, with assistance from Jake Koeneman of iBrewToo and Reggie Currie from CheersForBeers. Because of contributions from fellow bloggers and, hopefully, breweries and other beer industry folks, a few people who wouldn’t be able to afford it will be present at the conference.
What am I expecting to bring back from this conference?
- A greater understanding of the craft beer industry in general.
- Ideas to make this blog more useful for you.
- Tips and tricks to improve communication with readers.
- Last, but not least, a chance to taste great beer and enjoy the camaraderie of people whom I’ve only known in the virtual world.
I invite you to interact with myself and the other beer bloggers during the conference through Twitter, Facebook and our websites.