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Kick Off To The Beer Bloggers Conference

Posted November 6, 2010 By GLBeer Snob

Yesterday was a long day for us GLBC girls. Early flight out of Cleveland to St. Louis, then to Kansas City and then finally we land in Denver.  The views of the Rocky Mountains are absolutely breathtaking! We had about an hour to kill before our shuttle to the hotel left, so we decided to grab a beer and a bite at the Boulder Beer Tap House Airport Pub. (GLBC opened an airport pub this past year in Concourse C at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, so it was nice to compare and try a local microbrew that was doing the same thing.) Shout outs to Rick Andrews from Ales from the Crypt and Firkin’ Around who shared the shuttle with us and shared some wonderful stories. Sorry to those in the shuttle who were going to that finance conference.  We will have fun for you!

Day one was very informative. Julia Herz from the Brewer’s Association talked about “Why Beer Bloggers Further the Revolution.” She gave a lot of great insight on how to get subscribers to read your blog, as well as exciting stats on the craft beer industry. Jessica Daynor from Draft Magazine showed us “10 Ways To Keep Your Blog Credible.” Our GLBC blog is new so it’s good to know we are starting on the right foot. SEO expert Dustin Woodard gave some great tips for blogs and websites (fairly technical, but helpful nonetheless). Finally, after three sessions of brain food, Avery Brewing Company brought in some beer to review during “The Science of Food and Beer Pairing” session. We sampled three beers, but we had no munchies! We let that one slide because we then headed to Oskar Blues for dinner and brewery tours.

Working in the industry, it’s great that we have the opportunity to meet and visit other breweries (Boulder Beer Company is tonight). Craft beer really is a large family. Oskar Blues did a really nice job last night hosting all 115 of us.  As one of the first craft breweries to can their brew and in 26 states at only 44,000 bbls/year, it will be interesting to see the future of canning in the craft brewing world.

We passed on the bottles night and headed straight to bed. We wanted to be well rested for the next day’s activities! Watch for GLBC’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter in today’s Live Beer Blogging session.

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Epic trip from the beginning!

Posted November 7, 2010 3:30pm By Rick Andrews

Meeting the GLBC gals on the shuttle set the tone for what was ahead. Great craft beer brings the nicest people together. I look forward to trying more of your brewery's beers. The Edmund Fitzgerald was terrific!

Cheers,
Rick