And I get to stay here …
I first saw it a few years back. But I failed and didn’t pull the trigger. I saw a reminder that it was set to happen again this year, and I made a point to register. I just had to go. And Russ is going to join me!
It’s the 2018 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, or BBC18 for the millennials. Yes, there’s an association and/ or conference for everything. I mean, everything.
Included on the agenda, pre-conference excursions to nearby breweries (I’ll come back to that); kick-off celebration at this phenomenally-cool and unique place; lots of sessions (including from the head dude at Dogfish Head); a 2-hour beer expo with tastes from several breweries … all before we get to the Friday reception and dinner. There will be 24 breweries pouring beer for us that night. Yes … twenty-four. And now we’re at the end of the first full day. 
Day two has a series of further sessions about how to grow your online presence (BabyGotBeer is about to blow up!); an Ignite-style series of rapid-fire presentations (Russ and I are applying to be on the docket); and the mother of all sessions … Live Beer Blogging. I’m just going to steal the text from the #BBC18 website:

You will have the opportunity to try 10 beers in 50 minutes. In each round, a brewery representative will have five minutes to pour his or her beer, describe the beer, and answer questions before moving on to the next table. It is a fast, fun, and crazy beer tasting experience that helps writers practice their tasting and reviewing skills and helps breweries distill their message.

Yes, please. HINT: Look for lots of rapid-fire posts coming from us in mid-August!
But wait, there’s more. We finish the evening with another reception and dinner, this one featuring 13 additional breweries. Why have I not gone to this thing before? Someone, please remind me that I should never not go again!

Pre-game excursion. I told you I’d come back to this. On Wednesday, August 8th, we get to go to a pre-conference excursion to … Dogfish Head in Delaware. Not only is it one of absolute faves, it’s also in a state I’ve yet to visit. Double bonus. The agenda includes a tour of the facility, tastings and dinner under a tent at the brewery, and then a fireside chat with the founder, Sam Calagione. I cannot tell you how pumped Russ & I are for this trip. Oh, by the way, we’ll be spending the night at the Dogfish Inn. 6 weeks from today … we’re so close I can taste it!
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June 29, 2018
Mike Pennington

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Mike Pennington, normal, 40-ish, father of three, living the suburban dream north of Atlanta.  

One Reply to “#BBC18 … and yes, we’re going”

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    Unknown says: July 2, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Glad you're making it out! Live Beer Blogging is epic!

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