SSBC at the BBC 2014
We’re thrilled to announce we are writing live from the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego! This year’s conference runs August 22-24th and is chock-full of sessions, speakers, panels, blogging, eating, and (of course) beer drinking.
Working in the craft beer industry obviously has its tasty benefits. We get to try new batches of Standing Stone beer all the time, and enjoy hopping to other breweries to taste the ales and lagers they keep on tap. This weekend, we’re overjoyed to be in San Diego where some of America’s best-known breweries are joining the event and bringing their best brews for us to enjoy.
Here are some of our favorites so far from beer tasting at the Opening Lunch and Trade Show:
Peanut Butter Milk Stout by Belching Beaver Brewery
White IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout by Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Black Rye IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout from New English Brewing Co.
The last on our list was brewed with 50 lbs of coffee and chocolate, making it a rich beverage suitable (we think) for both breakfast and dessert – just like our own Noble Stout. In fact, we may have dipped our after-lunch churros in the beer just to make sure it paired well with sweet fare. It did.
We also heard from Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, speaking to the importance of beer education for the masses. Enthusiasm in the American craft beer community continues to grow year after year, and we’re honored to be a part of this giant, flavorsome movement.
Next up on our conference list: dinner at Karl Strauss Brewing Co. and a dance party hosted by Lagunitas Brewing Co. We’ve tasted so many quality craft beers, and seen so much beer industry collaboration. This passionate American craft beer community has come together for one big, educational and tasty event, and we’re grateful to be here. We’ll keep you updated all weekend long on the up-and-coming happenings in the craft beer world, from this sunny scene in San Diego, CA.