Each Beer Bloggers Conference is essentially a mix of three things: educational content and speakers; trying great beers; and meeting other beer writers, bloggers, and industry folks. This post covers the beers you will try if you make it to London, May 20-22. Be sure to read our previous post about the content as well.
We try hard to get a mix of breweries who sponsor and attend the conference to pour their beers. We also try hard to weave these beers into the conference to make them an important part but not the only part of the content. Here is a sample of the beers you will try.
We start off Friday with our Registration and Meet the Sponsors where you can wander around and talk to our great sponsors before the conference even starts. We’ll have a few breweries pouring beers so you can taste some of their product – breweries such as Budvar, Adnams, and Shepherd Neame.
That evening we have a dinner sponsored by MolsonCoors and an evening party sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. We will provide details about both events in the company weeks but suffice it to say you will be pleased.
Saturday is a full day and the big day. We give you the morning free from beer but kick off the brew portion at 11:45 with a talk from Martin Dickie from BrewDog, who will also pour a few of their beers. That afternoon, we have our 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 will blog or Tweet live about that beer, we’ll blow the whistle, and breweries will rotate to the next table. It is fast paced, fun, and informative. We are still confirming breweries but both Adnam’s and Abbey St. Martin will be pouring.
Saturday evening we will have dinner at Dirty Dick’s Pub, a part of Wells and Young’s, and have the ability to try a number of their beers. In the evening, there will be another six breweries each pouring a range of their beers at a Night of Many Beers. We are still finalizing the six breweries but currently have Camden Town and Williams Brothers from the UK, Rogue brewery from the United States, and a consortium of three Italian breweries providing beers. We also will likely have beers from Darkstar, several Swedish breweries, and another well-known US brewery.
Sunday we’ll visit Fuller’s where, among other things, they will provide us lunch in the hock cellar. We’ll taste 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.
Interested in beers at the conference? You will have the opportunity to taste plenty! Interested in content? You’ll learn a lot – read the next post below. Whatever your reason, you now have all the information you need to decide to come join us in London, May 20-22, for the first-ever European Beer Bloggers Conference. We have not yet made plans for 2012 but it is not guaranteed to be in London, so don’t miss this year.
If you are a brewery that would like to pour your beer, please see our Sponsors page for details.