Monday, September 6, 2010

Blogger Con and The Morning After

I came across some exciting piece of information while browsing my twitter the other day. I saw @thebeerwench tweet something about a blogger conference. That's when I pulled up the 2010 Beer Bloggers Conference. This is probably the most exciting thing I wont be attending this year. The planets just haven't aligned for me to be able to make it. I will be super excited however to see what people tweet and live blog from the event. And what would also help me be able to make it is if you all voted for Orlando to host the 2011 Beer Blogger Conference! Flights to Orlando are ridiculously cheap no matter where you're coming from!

The occurrence of this conference gets me excited on a number of levels. Most simply, the events that are occurring just seem plain awesome. They've got a number of speakers showing up from places like Stone, Draft Magazine, and the Brewers Association to talk about just how awesome beer bloggers are (thanks!). A slew of panels on every aspect of beer blogging. And one event that really caught my eye, live beer blogging. Twelve tables are set up with bloggers poised to write and tweet their brains out. Twelve reps from different breweries are there, one at each table. At "go," you have 5 minutes to have the beer poured, explained, sampled, and written about. After five minutes are up? Reps rotate from table to table. It's like some crazy game of speed dating, except instead of never kissing and telling, you're telling as many people as you possible can. 12 times. In one hour. It takes me a good 10-15 minutes to write one of my reviews. The live blogging just seems like pure chaos. AND AWESOME.

I hope that a lot of bloggers will be able to make it, and a lot of others attend as well. Unfortunately I will not be able to make it, but am definitely planning on making the trip next year.

On a side note, it's the wife's birthday (happy birthday Nikki!) today, and we had a party the other night for her. For the first time my homebrewed beer was fresh on tap for a party, so I was pretty excited. I would have never expected it to go over so well. We kicked the 5 gallon soda keg in probably 2 hours flat, even the frat guys in college would be proud of that. And I got many requests to keep it on tap 24/7. So guess what I'm brewing next? ATOTB #02. That will be interesting, because I've never done a repeat batch before. We shall see how accurate I am!

I noticed something else the morning after. No hangover. I'm only drinking homebrew from here on out.

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