Wednesday 11 May 2011

The Beer Bloggers Conference is almost here!

Next weekend sees the first European Beer Bloggers Conference and the final plans are now being put in place while a world of beer descends upon London for us to drink.

We’ve now passed 70 sign-ups (the who’s who is here) and there’s still time for more people to get their names down. It’s mainly aimed at beer bloggers and writers but food and wine bloggers would also get a lot out of it, and you can also attend if you don’t blog but just like the look of it all and want to be there – here’s the agenda.

The sponsors are now also secured. MolsonCoors are going big for us and for the Friday night meal will be present with Steve Wellington and Stuart Howe, who have both made special beers for the occasion. Wells&Young’s are providing the dinner and beer on Saturday night and they’ve got some fun plans, and then Fuller’s on Sunday are giving us a brewery tour, some lunch and a tasting and talk on aging beers. Pilsner Urquell (the competition to win a trip to the brewery is still open and has been extended – the winner will also travel whenever is good for them) have taken the Friday night slot and are bringing oak barrels filled with unfiltered PU. That’s oak barrels filled with unfiltered Pilsner Urquell, for anyone who was skim reading.

The other main sponsors, some of which are also talking at the event, are: The Beer Academy, SIBA, the British Guild of Beer Writers, the British Beer and Pub Association, Budvar, Adnams, Shepherd Neame, Brains and Hall and Woodhouse.

Then we’ve got the Saturday (drinking) sessions of the Live Blogging and the Night of Many Beers. Live Blogging is one beer from each brewery and the Night is a selection of beers so we can try lots of different stuff. Pouring at these will be...

Night of Many Beers

The Italian beers are being presented by Alessio Leone from Hoppy Hour. Swedish beers by Darren Packman from BeerSweden. And Czech beers were gathered by Mike Cole to be presented by the Czech Tourist Board. (We might also be adding Marble to the NOMB – we’re just awaiting confirmation).

I’m now really excited about it all coming together (it’s been a lot of hard work!). And I can’t wait to get there and start drinking – we’ve got some great beers and breweries involved, some of which haven’t been available in the UK before. It all kicks off on Thursday 19th May with a mini pub crawl if anyone is in town early.

If you haven’t signed up but still want to then you can. Those who are going – see you next week! 


  1. It's apologies from me I'm afraid which is a great pity as it promises to be a good do and for us bloggers that have a place in London, bloody cheap!

    Fortune has conspired against me though. Two clashing priorities, one of them ruled by the monstrous regiment, so that is that. Have a good one and I look forward to hearing all about it.

  2. Really looking forward to it Mark :)

  3. I'd love to come but have a work conference in Amsterdam the same weekend. Knowing the folk I'm with, I'll be lucky to drag them anywhere that does anything more exciting than Amstel.

    Have fun!


  4. Sorry but I really can't see the point of it: it seems a lot of time, effort and money just for an extended booze up. Nonetheless, each to their own, so I hope you have fun.

  5. I so want to be there! Having attended BBC10 in Boulder and poured Rogue Chocolate Stout at the live blogging session, I know this will be a great event! I will be at your beck and call by Skype during the Night of Many Beers, or via twitter/fb and hope to see you in Portland in August, or at SAVOR in DC next month.

    Tonight (May 11th) I'll be at Blind Tiger Alehouse on Bleecker St, NYC @blindtigernyc for Day 2 of the Pacific NW Oyster and Rogue tasting -- 16 rogues on tap and 2500 Yaquina Bay oysters on the half-shell! Bonus, Murrays Cheese is 2 blocks away ;) cheers ~ @chocolatestout

  6. Gutted that we can't get down for this - it looks like it will be a great event.

  7. Cant believe i cant make it down, sound like a great connection to other bloggers and even better for beers/brewers around the world.