Saturday, July 16, 2016

2016 Beer Bloggers Conference in Tampa: Day 3

Sunday, July 10

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The last day of any #BBC is always bittersweet. Some people are reeling from hangovers, others are scrambling to make their flights back to the other side of the country, and still plenty of bloggers are there for the final few information sessions. Unlike the previous two days, the Sunday agenda is only a half day schedule and consists solely of workshops and presentations.

Best beer name, label, and description EVER!
Best beer name, label, and description EVER!
However, that’s not to say there wasn’t any beer drinking to be had. Because Friday night’s beer social and “Night of Many Bottles” was so epic, there was still plenty of leftover bottles and cans up for grabs. I had a feeling this was going to happen, since the same situation occurred three years ago at the Boston #BBC13. I planned ahead and bought a 60 quart wheeled cooler. I actually put it to good use other than looting the leftovers on Sunday morning; on Friday I brought about a dozen bottles of my homebrew to share. I dropped it off with all the other attendees’ bottles, but since I didn’t go to the bottle share I figured my bottles were long gone. Fortunately, nearly all of them were among the leftovers and I was able to have some fellow beer bloggers try my coffee stout homebrew during the morning sessions. That seemed like an appropriate beer to drink in the morning. I was happy to hear that everyone who tried the homebrew said they liked it. One person even rated it 5 stars on Untappd! I’m sure he was being a bit hyperbolic, though.

I was glad to see some of my homebrew was still there.
I was glad to see some of my homebrew was still there.
There were only two seminars Sunday morning: first was the story of a couple who pretty much started the nationwide trend of breweries hosting yoga. Second was discussion by several pro brewery reps about beer tourism becoming a legitimate part of the travel industry. After that was the announcement of the location for #BBC17 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Several representatives of the city’s tourism board were there to explain why the home of Miller, Schlitz, PBR, and other macro brands is actually a great craft beer town these days. They passed out free samples from Sprecher Brewing and some beer-flavored kettle chips (yum!).
Showing off shirts for my favorite bar and my homebrew club from back in New York.
Showing off shirts for my favorite bar and my homebrew club from back in New York.
I got home by 1pm that afternoon. I was very satisfied with my experience and I’d say it was probably as good as #BBC13 in Boston. Since I’m so close to Tampa, I do plan on going back to Ulele, Cigar City, Coppertail and Brew Bus at some point. I’m not sure which single event of the weekend was best, though there were plenty of memorable moments as you can probably tell from these rambling blogs. It was nice to meet other beer bloggers from across the country – the vast majority of whom I had not met previously.
EPIC HAUL!!!
EPIC HAUL!!!
And of course, one of the best things about #BBC16 was the epic haul of free beer and brewing trinkets I came home with. I mean, seriously, look at all of this!