For a beer blogger, it doesn’t get much better than a beer bloggers conference in the East Coast Mecca of craft beer, Asheville, NC. I’m so excited about spending July 17-19 in Asheville with more than 160 fellow beer bloggers and writers, exploring Asheville’s beer scene and learning more about the art of writing about beer. Oh yeah, there’s more to this than just drinking.
A pre-conference tour to North Carolina’s Triangle area will give bloggers a chance to experience Raleigh’s Lonerider Brewing Co., Raleigh Brewing Co., Compass Rose Brewery and White Street Brewing Co. of Wake Forest. A post-conference tour offers a chance to experience breweries of Asheville’s South Slope, including the Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Green Man Brewery and more.
When the bloggers conference officially opens on July 17, participants will tour two of the larger craft breweries that have located to Western North Carolina – Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River and Oskar Blues Brewery of Brevard.
Keynote speaker for the event is Kim Jordan, founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, which expects to open an Asheville brewery by the end of the year. The conference will open with an introduction by Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, which represents the U.S. craft brewing industry and publishes CraftBeer.com. (A big shout out for women in craft beer!)
Blogger topics of interest include: the Past, Present, and Future of Asheville Beer; the World of Blogging; Building Craft Beer Brands; Advanced Social Media for the Beer Industry; and Moving Beyond the Beer Review.
Of course, there will be beer: live beer blogging on Saturday afternoon, sort of a “speed dating” event where brewers move between tables sharing beers while bloggers blog; two evening party/beer events and a Saturday evening “Night of Many Bottles” where bloggers bring their favorite local beer to share.
Glad I registered early now – the event is sold out! So, what can I say? Dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Watch Tarheel Taps & Corks in July for updates and blog posts from the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference.