I’ve never been to a beer bloggers conference before, but it promises to me an interesting weekend, a mix of three things: educational content and speakers; trying great beers; and meeting other beer writers, bloggers, and industry folks.
I will, of course report back after the event, but if you’re passionate about beer, and plan to be in London between May 20th and 22nd then you might want to attend, it’s going to be at the old Whitbread Brewery in the City of London, in itself an interesting and historic venue.
Saturday includes a talk from Martin Dickie from BrewDog, and a featured Beer Bloggers Conference event – Live Beer Blogging. Eight different breweries will each pour one beer for a table of bloggers and have five minutes to tell you about the beer and their brewery.
You’ll blog or Tweet live about that beer, they’ll blow the whistle, and breweries will rotate to the next table. It should be fast paced, fun, and informative! For now, we’ll be posting live to The Brew Club’s Facebook page and Twitter stream! Why not stalk us now and follow along?
Saturday evening includes dinner at Dirty Dick’s Pub in Bishopsgate, then another six breweries will be pouring a range of their beers at a Night of Many Beers. They’re expecting Camden Town and Williams Brothers breweries from the UK, Rogue brewery from the United States, and a consortium of three Italian breweries providing beers. They also hope to have beers from Darkstar, several Swedish breweries, and another well-known US brewery.
Sunday will be a visit to the Fuller’s brewery including a tasting of a variety of their beers, possibly including Fuller’s aged selection of one or more Vintage Ales, Past Masters, and Brewers Reserves 1 and 2. Then, I understand, a trip to the football (soccer), to round off an interesting weekend.
If you can’t make the London conference, then there’s an equally interesting conference planned for Portland (Oregon) in August, but I suspect that if you’re on the East Coast (like Scott) then the London event will actually be closer!
Check out their website here, and look for reports from me after (and possibly during) the London event.