The Woodstock Festival of 1969 represented the summer of love with it’s iconic musical and cultural convergence. The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference this August 23-24 in San Diego, CA represents a love of a different kind: for beer.
Proclaimed by Men’s Magazine as the “Best Beer City in America” in 2010 by author, Adam Elder, San Diego is a beer-lover’s paradise. Warm summer days + ample beach opportunities + laid-back California style + 87 licensed craft breweries and brewpubs as of April, 2014 = good times. There is no doubt that with the uptick in the craft beer scene and interest in beer, in general, in the U.S. that other cities will compete for the title of “Best Beer City in America” in years to come. Keeping in the present, the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference converges on the city of San Diego this coming August 23-24 and we look forward to “talking beer” with the new media world of beer bloggers in this fabulous, beer-forward city.
Zephyr Adventures recently wrapped up the successful and well received European Beer Bloggers Conference in Dublin, Ireland. We know beer! Fashioned similarly to the EBBC programming, the upcoming American Beer Bloggers Conference will feature content programming that is relevant to the growing new media niche of beer blogging as well as sponsored lunches, dinners, tastings, and the much anticipated pre-conference excursion on Thursday, August 21 through the L.A. beer scene. There is much to learn at this year’s BBC in San Diego and, of course, many beers to taste, breweries to be introduced to, principals to meet, and camaraderie to happen amongst BBC attendees.
A quick recap of the Agenda for the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego:
- All sessions will be held at the Marriott Mission Valley hotel unless indicated.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Pre-Conference Excursion to Los Angeles
3:00 PM Pre-conference excursion to L.A. We will visit Golden Road Brewery, Angel City Brewing, and The Bruery, followed by an evening pub crawl to Smog City Brewing and Monkish Brewing. The cost is $40 for Citizen Beer Bloggers and $80 for both Industry Bloggers and Non-Blogger Participants. For detailed information and to register, go to this blog post. The pre-conference tour ends in San Diego at the conference hotel, the Marriott Mission Valley.
Friday, August 22, 2014
12:00 PM Registration & Opening Lunch hosted by Reyes Beverage Group
1:30 PM Trade Show
3:00 PM Conference Opening
3:10 PM Introduction by Julia Herz of the Brewers Association
3:40 PM Panel of San Diego Craft Brewers
4:50 PM Social Media Best Practices
6:00PM Depart hotel for Karl Strauss Brewing Company
9:00 PM Evening Party with Lagunitas Brewing Company
Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:30 AM Breakout Sessions
- Beer Blog Photography
- Supercharging your Blogging with WordPress.com
10:40 AM Breakout Sessions
- Beer Blog Videography
- Beer Journalism Ethics
11:45 PM Depart for lunch at Yard House (return 1:45 PM)
2:05 PM Keynote Speech – Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada
2:50 PM Content to be announced
3:45 PM Live Beer Blogging
5:00 PM Depart hotel for Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
8:00 PM Beer Social – integrate all forms of social media with beer tasting (back at hotel) with
Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:30 AM Blogger Reports – Five-Minute Reports from Eight Bloggers
10:20 AM Marketing in the Beer Industry
11:25 AM Cooperative Blogging Panel
12:20 PM Wrap-up
12:30 PM Conference Finish
The Conference + the Pre-Conference Excursion through Los Angeles
- If you are already registered for the conference, you can click on this link to register for the pre-conference excursion.
- If you are NOT already registered for the conference, you can click on this link to register for both the conference and the pre-conference excursion. This link also directs you to just sign up for the conference and not the pre-conference excursion through L.A.
The conference host hotel, the Mission Marriott Valley, is 8 miles from the San Diego Hotel. They are offering the discounted price of $119 for beer blogger rooms. The hotel is nicely located on the trolley line with connections to all of San Diego’s highlights. Make your reservations online or by calling 877.622.3056. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. Have no fear: there are a variety of easy transportation options.
- Click on this blog post to read more about conference logistics including transportation options and the hotel.
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The Wine Bloggers Conference with the #WBC14 hashtag recently trended #2 in the wine category for 2 days!! Let’s start using #BBC14 and see if we can outdo the wine bloggers conference! #1 sounds so good….
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