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Join in on the National Craft Beer Hoard…

*** Update on Mar 18., 2020…

I hope this update finds you healthy and calm and in reasonable spirits today…  our craft beverage and hospitality industry is being hit hard with the virus as it invades our communities in North America (and closer to home for me, in Florida…)

Since I posted the National Craft Beer Hoard, here’s what I picked up in St Petersburg, FL… (I’ll make updates whenever I purchase to-go beer…)

From left to right:

As of today (Mar 18, 2020), small breweries in FL are still allowed to fill and sell growlers/crowlers/package beer for home consumption.

The FL governor announced yesterday that all bars and nightclubs (any establishment for which alcohol sales are at least 50% of sales) are closed for 30 days as of 5pm EDT.

Be safe and responsible, and please, please, please keep in touch with each other (especially if you feel anxious or own or depressed!) – we’re all going to get through this together.  Slainte to your health!  -Carol  ****

—- ORIGINAL POST MAR 16, 2020 —-

Good day Craft Beer drinkers of America!

(I know it’s been a few months since I last posted… but life in the Florida brewing scene has been busy. For more, see my p.p.s. at the end for what I’ve been up to…)

This post is a CALL TO ACTION!  In light of the growing pandemic and related closings of public venues/ bars/restaurants, etc. I feel compelled to ask you to hoard something more than toilet paper and hand sanitizer and keep your local craft brewing industry afloat.

How can you do that?  You can participate in the National Craft Beer Hoard (okay, we can start local and see if it catches on…)

The National Craft Beer Hoard – Part 1:  Stock up on Local Packaged Craft Beer!

Show support for your local brewery by ordering (online or by phone) packaged craft beer and pick it up to go (or in Georgia and other states where it is legal, have it delivered) – and drink it at home.  (This also applies to local wineries, distilleries, cideries, bottle shops, etc! Many operate on low profit margins!)

Craft beer and craft beverages are ideal for in-home drinking while you’re well or taking care of a loved one or cocooning or in quarantine – stock up on craft beer supplies (canned or bottled) from your LOCAL brewery today!  I’m willing to bet they’ll appreciate it.

(And please post pics of your stash as a comment!)

Tampa Bay Brewing Craft Beer

The National Craft Beer Hoard – Part 2:  Hoard a Month or a Year’s Supply of Brewery/Tasting Room/Bar/Restaurant Gift Certificates!

Pay it forward – literally, by buying up supplies of gift certificates from your local brewery/distillery/winery/cidery, restaurant or bar.  It’s easier than ever to help out your favorite pub, tasting room, brewery or restaurant by buying gift certificates (you can give them away as gifts, use them when the business re-opens, or use them for future purchases of to-go packaged craft beer when your supply runs low!)

Why do we need a National Craft Beer Hoard?

One of the hardest hit with the government mandated closures will be our workers and owners of small craft breweries, bars, tasting rooms, retail outlets, event planners and others who are in some way part of our multi-billion dollar industry who are forced (or voluntarily decided out of kindness to patrons’ health) to shut down public access.

Cash flows are going to be an issue to keep these small businesses running – and we all are in this together.

Spend a couple more dollars on craft beer by buying local (even $5 more for a 6 pack of craft beer over the national mass produced international chain beers will help!)  And, I can guarantee your local business will NOT run out of gift certificates !

Stay safe, drink responsibly, and please be kind to each other.  Our community is small, vibrant, and is part of our future!  Let’s drink to your health and the health of our industry!

Cheers,

Carol

P.s., Don’t forget to post pics of your craft beer “hoarding!”

P.p.s., For anyone who is curious about what I’ve been up to in FL Craft Beer… In the past few years, I’ve started speaking about craft beer (globally) including Craft Beverage 101 tasting/education sessions at the annual National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) Experience conferences (2016/ 2017/ 2019) and the international Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference (2020) among others.  In the summer of 2019, I started the LLC called Curated Craft Experiences with a business partner!

I’m also teaching On-Premise TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) – a 4 hour safe alcohol serving workshop for bartenders, breweries and bars. (I’m proud to say I have a 100% pass rate with students – contact me for info!), and I did part-time high volume bartending for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates (until spring training ended last week), and if you’re ever in FL and want to volunBEER at a brewfest, you might be interested to know about my group of 500+ Tampa Bay area volunBEERs  – on Facebook, check out our page “Carol’s VolunBEERs.”  Slainte!

 

 

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#BBC13 (Beer Bloggers Conference 2013) – Boston, MA – Recap

Boston

The very mention of the city conjures up thoughts of the Boston Bruins (sorry guys, you were sooo close to win the Stanley Cup in 2013!), Red Sox (actually I have to cheer for Tampa Bay Rays!), lobsters, seafood, long summer nights, accents (“I’ll go paak the caa”), festivals, food, and… a burgeoning Craft Beer industry!

Having said this, it is no big surprise that the 4th annual Beer Bloggers Conference (twitter hashtag #BBC13) found its way to Boston this past weekend (July 26-28, 2013) beating out cities such as Asheville, NC (up and coming in the NE!) and other contenders.

And what a weekend it was!

Here’s a slideshow to give you a visual idea…

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Third time’s a Charm!

This was my 3rd (of 4) BBC’s hosted by Zephyr Adventures previous conferences were held in Boulder CO (2010), Portland, OR (2011), Indianapolis (2012) – and it was clear that the growing pains of previous years are gone.  This year’s event was seemingly flawless with great weather in Boston (high 70s) topping it off and over 150 attendees representing bloggers (hobbyists to professionals), brewers (from around the US and including Florida Beer Company,) brewing associations (Cicerone certification, National Brewers Association and others), distributors and retailers.

One of the most glorious things about the Beer Bloggers Conference (there are many!) is that the 150+ attendees check their egos (and their full time professions) at the door as we all come together to collectively share a common passion – CRAFT BEER!

The proof was in the pudding, so to speak, as such industry luminaries as  Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams brewerycurrently the largest US-owned, nationally distributed brewery in the US, and Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com – co-mingled and talked “shop” with all of us.  The event started Friday afternoon at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (some attended the “pre” conference excursion in Maine on Thursday night) – with a trade show, followed by a trip to Sam Adams R&D brewery/center in Boston and a night out hosted by Heavy Seas brewing at Stoddard’s bar.  Throughout the weekend, various breweries and distributors hosted / entertained / spoke / poured for us until we had to say our fond goodbyes just after noon on Sunday.

Takeaways / highlights from BBC 13:

In no particular order:

  • Being able to talk “craft beer” with people who are not intimidated to drink non-mass produced malt beverages. We talked flavors, styles, brewing techniques, food pairings, favorites, best local bars, geography, trends, social media – and nothing to do with the stresses of everyday life (minimal talk about problems with kids, jobs, finances…) —  just pure passionate discussions about craft beer!
  • Positive talk all day, all night – about a hobby I love!
  • Upbeat people who came to Boston to share experiences and offer best practices about blogging, writing, monetizing, short cuts, in other words – helping each other to become successful in beer blogging and in life;
  • Sampling new brews, meeting new people, exchanging experiences, discovering new ways to share our passion about craft beer;
  • Learning what works and doesn’t work about blogging technologies, tools, widgets, platforms, all the IT stuff that goes along with writing and publishing;
  • Visiting the breweries, Boston pubs, distributors, and seeing a bit of Boston by bus;
  • Lots of fun photo opportunities (see slideshow above);
  • Meeting other Florida people who are also passionate about the industry;
  • Finding out that my personality + what I already know about craft beer + a personal way of writing = priceless results;
  • Getting inspired to write more, blog more, get out more!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and our great organizers at Zephyr Adventures for their generous support of the conference.  You rock!

– See more at: http://beerbloggersconference.org/#sthash.kF0079O4.dpuf

I can’t wait for BBC14 (site and dates being finalized) – it’s going to be another awesome time with great people!

Happy imbibing!

Carol

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