About Josh Noel
Josh Noel has written about beer for the Chicago Tribune since 2009. In 2018 he published “Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch and How Craft Beer Became Big Business,” an exploration of the industry’s rise through the lens of Goose Island Beer Co. and its sale to Anheuser-Busch; it won “best book” from the North American Guild of Beer Writers in 2018. Josh is a career newspaper journalist, previously covering crime, travel, education and sports.
Welcome to the world of mermaids. You read that right, Great Falls, Montana, has mermaids, as documented by The New York Times!
But in order to see these mermaids, you’ll need to travel to Great Falls, and if you’re traveling to Great Falls you might as well attend the 10th annual Beer Now Conference (formerly Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference), June 6-8, 2019, so go ahead and REGISTER.
But what we’re really writing about today is a call for speakers for #BeerNow. Do you have a speaker in mind (perhaps even yourself) who has a message for 150+ beer bloggers, beer writers, influencers, podcasters, beer video makers, and other beer advocates? If so, we encourage you to fill out our Call for Speakers form, which is linked to right here:
Curious about what we’ve covered at Beer Now / BBC before? Here are the agendas from our past four conferences:
- 2018 Loudoun County, VA: Agenda
- 2017 Milwaukee, WI: Agenda
- 2016 Tampa, FL: Agenda
- 2015 Asheville, NC: Agenda
We’re quite excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary as a conference in our “home” state of Montana (We’re run by Zephyr Conferences, which is part of Zephyr Adventures, headquartered in Red Lodge, MT. And both Ryan and Reno live in Montana!). Here’s a little more about our host city:
Great Falls, Montana
Montana is well known for outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and river rafting but it is also hotbed of beer, with the second highest density of brewers in the United States. Great Falls is located on the Missouri River and is the most centrally-located major city in Montana. It is very invested in beer and hosts a number of statewide beer events each year. The city is throwing out the welcome wagon with two great beer dinners and lots of local brews for our attendees. Thank you to Visit Great Falls Montana for organizing this welcome to beer writers and influencers everywhere.
Want to Sponsor?
Perhaps you’re not only interested in nominating a speaker for #BeerNow, but your organization would like to enjoy some sponsor benefits? Just reach out to Reno Walsh, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss the opportunities we have!