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Posted November 7, 2010 By GLBeer Snob
This morning we woke up refreshed and ready to go (sorry to all the Clevelanders who got snow yesterday). We got a greasy breakfast at The Original Pancake House and started our day.
Today’s morning sessions focused on blogging and technology - particularly on the importance of social media. One important fact that I would like to share with everyone is that Facebook has grown 700% since 2008. Phenomenal! (Aside: At GLBC, we have a large following on Facebook and Twitter, but we would really like to make our blogs more interactive. So if you are reading this post today, please comment on this page and let us know what you think and what you want to hear from us. We live in a “conversational” society. We care and want to provide information that interests you.)
We were granted a two hour lunch break to explore Boulder, so we joined the Beer Wench, Brewer’s Daughter, Willis Jackson from Mashtun Technologies, Jacob McKean from Stone Brewing Company and Mariah Calagione from Dogfish Head Craft Beer at Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery. Everyone knew the beer bloggers were in town, so Mountain Sun generously treated us to some brew samples they had on tap - great beer selection and great food! We highly recommend for those traveling to Boulder.
The afternoon session was one we were looking forward to. It started with a rather controversial topic on craft beer and women (for those of you that were there, we are just going to end it at that). Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Company spoke to the group about why beer bloggers are important to craft brewers and the craft beer movement. He also brought some soon-to-be released brew called The Lucky Bastard (I guess we were the lucky ones!).
The main event that we were looking forward to was the “Live Beer Blogging.” Twelve breweries brought their beers of choice to promote. We had five minutes to pass out samples and talk about the beer’s characteristics with the bloggers. In a nutshell, it was speed dating for beer blogging. We thought it was only appropriate to bring GLBC’s most award-winning brew: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Only a handful of folks have not had the pleasure to experience a GLBC brew, so it was wonderful to break in the newbies. The live beer blogging was a great experience, and we hope some of our bloggers will weigh in on what they thought.
The remainder of our evening consisted of a fun-filled tour of the Boulder area. Our first stop was to Colorado’s very first craft brewery, Boulder Beer Company. A smaller brewery of 27,000 barrels, we were impressed to learn they distribute to over 30 states (to give you perspective, GLBC will brew just over 100,000 barrels in 2010 and distributes to only 12 states and Washington DC)! We then ventured to Pearl Street where all we had to do was flash our Beer Bloggers Conference name badge and we were treated to a plethora of samples. I could not think of a better way to explore such a well known beer town!
Trip Tip: Boulder is not known for their takeout pizza, so avoid those late night calls!