With New England’s rich brewing tradition, and Boston’s love for all things craft beer, it just makes sense that the 2013 Beer Blogger’s Conference will be held Boston this year. The team over at the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance is a sponsor of this year’s conference, and are excited to get involved in the events at #BBC13 because of the opportunity for New England brewers to reach an audience of craft beer lovers from all over the country.
The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance will be hosting the Live Beer Blogging Event at Burke Distributing. The participating breweries of Live Beer Blogging are:
- Backlash Beer Co. (Boston, MA) – Helder Pimentel & Maggie Foley
- Baxter Brewing (Lewiston, ME) – Luke Livingston
- Fatty Bampkins (So. Casco, ME) – Brandon Geer
- Foolproof Brewing Co. (Pawtucket, R.I.) – Nick Garrison and Kyle Pauly
- Grey Sail Brewing Co. Of Rhode Island (Westerly, R.I.) – Alan Brinton & Josh Letourneau
- Idle Hands Brewing Co. (Everett, MA) – Chris & Grace Tkach
- Newburyport Brewing Co. (Newburyport, MA) – Bill Fisher, Chris Webb & Mike Robinson
- Night Shift Brewing Co. (Everett, MA) – Rob Burns, Mike O’Mara, Mike Oxton
- Notch Brewing Co. (Ipswich, MA) – Chris Lohring
- Rising Tide (Portland, ME) – Heather Sanborn
- Somerville Brewing Co. – AKA: Slumbrew (Somerville, MA) – Jeff Leiter and Caitlin Jewell
- Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. (Bloomfield, CT) – Curt Cameron & Stephen Andrews
- Shipyard Brewing Co (Portland, ME)
In New England, local beers rule. No matter what sort of bar or store you go into, it’s a guarantee that the local craft brewers’ wares are going to be represented.
It’s an exhilarating time to be in craft beer, and we are lucky to have one of the best local beer scenes in the country. There are so many breweries, stores, bars, bloggers, and of course, tasters that have built up our craft beer community into the truly special thing it is today – Brian Murphy of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance
The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance is a consortium of five distributor houses who joined together to offer state-wide distribution for local and regional craft breweries as well as specialty imports, ciders, and meads.
Each distributor has dedicated craft and specialty representatives that focus exclusively towards the craft category. Each person in all five sales teams are Cicerone Beer Server Certified, and our teams are continuously expanding their knowledge about the ever-changing craft beer culture.
Massachusetts Beverage Alliance offers the best of both worlds for existing and potential breweries. They have one point of contact for centralized ordering and warehousing, P.O.S. coordination, pricing, and big picture strategies. They also offer in -market expertise and 80+ combined years of relationships from each of the five participating distributors – all of whom have been in business since the end of prohibition.
Massachusetts Beverage Alliance is also a proud member of the World Class Beer Network. World Class Beer is a website and mobile app that is dedicated to proving consumers with the ultimate craft beer experience.They provide “Beer Spy”, “Beer U”, and Monthly Calendars so craft beer enthusiasts can find their favorite beers, learn about beer styles and history, or find out what local events are taking place that they can check out.
Unfortunately, you can’t send someone a beer over the internet (I’ve tried, it just ruined my keyboard…), so getting the word out to the rest of the country can be a challenge. We here at the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance think that by teaming up with bloggers, we can showcase the hard work that our supplier partners have put into their craft, and show the rest of the country how we do it in New England. We are honored to host the Live Beer Blogging event at Burke Distributing and we are looking forward to sharing a beer with you. We all share a passion for great craft beer and we appreciate the dedication you all have to help spread the word about what we all love to do. – Brian Murphy of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance
Live Beer Blogging is one of the signature events at each year’s Beer Bloggers Conference. To learn more about this unique agenda item, check out this post and video from 2012.