What do you get when you get ~150 beer bloggers together for 3 days of tasting, content and networking at a conference? You get over 6000 tweets, loads of photos, tons of amazing beer consumed and logged into Untapped, and an all around good time.
A passion for beer and an inkling to blog about it are the only requirements to join (and perhaps a bit of stamina to get you through the action-packed schedule). We were thrilled to see the great mix of alumni and new attendees this year. Friendships were formed, blog collaborations formed, and great business and networking introductions made.
Below is a summary and a collection of tweets we enjoyed from the Pre-Conference Excursion where 50 BBC13 attendees all met up in Portland, Maine on Thursday, July 25th prior to meeting up with the rest of the conference on Friday in Boston.
Reception at Cabot Creamery
We all met in a charming cheese and retail shop run by the good folks at Cabot Creamery. In addition to tasting through an assortment of fine Cabot cheddars and other cheeses, we got to sample Geary beer brewed locally in Portland.
— Student of Beer (@StudentOfBeer) July 25, 2013
Beer Pairing at Sebago Brewing
If there was a theme to be repeated throughout the entire conference, it was the pairing of exquisite craft beer with amazing foods. We were welcomed by Sebago Brewing Company’s founder, Kai Adams, who was our fun and very gracious host for the evening. Bloggers took over the bar area and enjoyed Sebago beers paired with flatbread pizza, lobster rolls, and pork wings. There were also shrimp shooters!!
A fun surprise was that one of the beers we were sampling was a beer brewed by three of our bloggers!! It was delicious!
Patriot Craft Alliance Party
After saying our goodbyes and thanks to everyone at Sebago Brewery, we headed over to The Thirsty Pig, which was the location of a party for us hosted by The Patriot Craft Alliance. Here we got a chance to taste an assortment of beers distributed by Patriot Craft Alliance and meet with their crew prior to departing for the night.
Friday Lunch with Portsmouth Brewery & Smuttynose Brewing Co.
On Friday morning we all boarded a bus, which would be our transport to Boston. On the way, we got to stop in the charming town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and have lunch at Portsmouth Brewery! There was such a great list of Portsmouth Brewery & Smuttynose on tap. Still wondering if there was a blogger that tasted through them all??
— Sean Jansen (@2Beerguys) July 26, 2013
— Duke Geren (@Dukester) July 26, 2013
— TNSP Beer Blog (@NSPBeerBlog) July 26, 2013
And that was it! We then boarded the bus and headed to Boston to meet the rest of the BBC13 group and kick things off with the trade show and evening at Boston Beer Company. You can read that summary in Part II.
PS. Yes, yes I have read all 6000+ tweets from last week. Great reading!!