One of the most popular sessions at the annual Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference is called Live Beer Blogging, (this year #BBC16 was the 7th conference,) during which attendees sample tastes of a dozen brews in rapid succession over the course of an hour. Described affectionately as ‘speed dating with breweries’ (without the obnoxious nature of regular speed dating,) we sample a variety of beers introduced and poured by local brewers/brewery reps in 5 minute increments.
Live Beer Blogging creates memories that stick. I remember my first meeting with Night Shift at BBC13 in Boston – it was a love at first taste experience! Now, when someone brings a Night Shift brew to a bottle share, I’m taken back to that night in Boston 3 years ago.
This year’s conference just finished two days ago here in my home city of Tampa, FL, with JJ Taylor Distributing hosting the Live Beer Blogging. 10 regional and national brews waltzed across our table hoping to find favor with bloggers and writers alike. (This year it was interesting that my table was entirely women, save for one brave male…)
Want to experience Live Beer Blogging vicariously (albeit second-hand?) Using newly released Facebook Live (with apologies to professional videographers) – I present to you, the #BBC16 Live Beer Blogging experience:
- First up: Local Brewery St Pete Brewing with Casey Cothran introducing The McCracken (a Scottish Ale named in honor of head brewer Jon McCracken)
- Next up is Safety Harbor’s Crooked Thumb Brewery (on the NW side of Tampa Bay) with owner Travis Kruger pouring their Florida Gose. (Apologies for my random cameos. I’ve since learned that the zoom button is different from the “swap camera” button!)
- Local favorite, Cigar City Brewing brought limited edition bottles of Decoherence, which was released solely as part of the (private club) Catador series.
- This was followed by California (and North Carolina) brewery, Sierra Nevada, featuring their new Otra Voz, a Gose Style Ale brewed with Grapefruit and Cactus.
- Sarasota brewery J Dubs made a splash entry by having brewery owner Jeremy (the J in J Dubs) in a bovine costume pouring his Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter.
- New Belgium Brewing of Colorado (and North Carolina) poured samples of their Citradelic IPA.
- Cape Canaveral located Florida Beer Company featured representative Seth Kapp pouring their Florida Lager (sidenote: notice how crowded the table is started to get?)
- Up next was California based Lagunitas Brewing Company whose principals brought with them their signature brew, Lagunitas IPA.
- Miami based Saltwater Brewing (who gained recent global attention with their biodegradable six-pack can holders) was up next with their Screaming Reels IPA.
Rounding out the 10 featured breweries was Georgia based Terrapin Brewing whose representative poured their refreshing Watermelon Ale. On request of the representative, I have not included the video in this post. Nonetheless, the beer was refreshing and tasty on the hot summer day!
That’s it for 2016 – and with the 2017 conference in Milwaukee, WI, I’m looking forward to another great adventure in Live Beer Blogging. Whew… 10 brewing samples in less than an hour! A feverish pace, lots of tasting (and discarding!) but thankfully, I’m blessed to be one of the someone’s who simply… has to do it.