We are hard at work finalizing details of both the Beer Bloggers Conference locations and dates for 2014 and hope to announce both the North American and European details within 10 days.
In the meantime, we wanted to throw out a few of our plans for future events in Europe.
We at Zephyr Adventures run both conferences and adventure tours. Among the tours we run are active beer tours, such as a Multisport Beer Tour in Yellowstone that includes hiking, biking, and river rafting and a Hiking and Breweries tour in Colorado. Both have proved popular and we are now planning to expand with our first-ever beer tour in Europe.
Reno Walsh in our office will be traveling to Belgium early next month to do initial research on creating an active beer tour in Belgium. He is working with our friends at Visit Belgium and will be participating in the renowned Brussels Beer Challenge while he checks out the country.
On a tour like this, we will visit breweries, perhaps attend a beer festival or two, check out the local sights, and add in daily visits to some of the best breweries in the area. During the brewery visits, we try to meet with brewmasters, have special brewing or blending seminars, and generally get a more insight look than you would as a normal tourist. We’ll do all this while staying active on foot or bicycle.
While there, Reno will also be checking the feasibility of hosting a future European Beer Bloggers Conference in Belgium. That is a big hint to tell you the 2014 conference will NOT be in Belgium – but we would love to move the conference to Belgium in 2015. That depends a lot on local sponsorship, since sponsorship is how the conference’s wheels turn.
So here is a call out to any of you who have good contacts in Belgium. We would love to meet with potential brewery sponsors, Belgium-based beer bloggers, or others involved in the beer industry in the country. Any ideas? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a tip or contact for us!