Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director and Publisher of CraftBeer.com at the Brewers Association, will open the 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference for the seventh consecutive time, having served in this role since the first conference in 2010.
Julia is a BJCP beer judge, award-winning homebrewer, Certified Cicerone®, co-author of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, and co-author of Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). Her title at the Brewers Association does not do full justice to Julia’s involvement. She she serves as an advocate for and educator about U.S. craft brewers and as a spokesperson for the association, traveling frequently to both beer and non-beer events to represent the industry.
Julia’s current project is working to get craft beer on the menu of restaurants across the country. Check out the full BA article for some interesting research and background.
From our perspective, however, Julia’s presence boils down to two things:
- Julia does an incredible job presenting at the conference each year. She combines interesting statistics with a motivational message for beer writers. Her delivery is excellent. Her message is updated each year and thus never gets old.
- Julia not only shows up to present but actually stays for most of the conference. Not only is she often in the front row, eagerly paying attention to speakers and contributing her thoughts to discussion, but she attends all the events and mingles with all the participants.
Julia has truly been a stalwart supporter of the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference and we are excited to have her open the conference in Tampa!