The Beer Capital of the World

Milwaukee, here we come!

It’s time again for our annual pilgrimage to the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference. This conference is Kendall’s sixth straight and my fourth. It’s always a good time with old and new friends, tasty beer and informative sessions. Last year in Tampa we had a sneaky suspicion we were going there for 2017 when Visit Milwaukee showed up at the trade show.

We’ve been to Milwaukee before and are excited to get back. It’s a heckuva beer town. Not only does it have a thriving independent craft beer scene, but the city is legendary in beer history. Milwaukee gave birth to brewing legends like Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz. They didn’t call Milwaukee the World Capital of Beer for nothing.

We’re looking forward to fantastic speakers like the Brewers Association’s Julia Herz and renowned beer expert Randy Mosher. Randy literally wrote the book on Tasting Beer, now in its second edition. If you don’t own it, buy it. If you have the first edition, get the second. Our keynote speaker is Susan Evans, the Smithsonian’s Director of the Smithsonian Food History Program. We’re most excited about Frank Boon speaking on the Art of Spontaneous Fermentation. We love sour beer, and Boon makes some of the best.

We’ll be drinking A LOT of good beer and visiting some cool places, like the original Pabst Brewery location (our conference site) and Miller’s beer caves. The schedule is packed, and we can’t wait to enjoy every minute of it. If you can’t make it this year, please check out the agenda and let us know what interest you. We’ll try to report back on any questions you may have. If you’re not a beer writer, maybe you should be. Join us in 2017; they’ll announce the location at the end of the conference.

Follow us on the adventure, mostly on Instagram, but the Twitter feed will be more active than usual. The beer team from the Sips, Suds & Smokes radio show from Nashville is attending too, we’ll sit in on the post-conference wrap up shows to tell you all about it.

I have a feeling this weekend we’ll be living the High Life.