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11-05-2011, 07:34
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Next weekend sees the first European Beer Bloggers Conference (http://beerbloggersconference.org/) and the final plans are now being put in place while a world of beer descends upon London for us to drink.

We’ve now passed 70 sign-ups (the who’s who is here (http://www.beerbloggersconference.org/2011%20European%20BBC%20list.pdf)) and there’s still time for more people to get their names down. It’s mainly aimed at beer bloggers and writers but food and wine bloggers would also get a lot out of it, and you can also attend if you don’t blog but just like the look of it all and want to be there – here’s the agenda (http://beerbloggersconference.org/europe/).

The sponsors are now also secured. MolsonCoors (http://www.molsoncoors.co.uk/en/Index.aspx) are going big for us and for the Friday night meal will be present with Steve Wellington and Stuart Howe, who have both made special beers for the occasion. Wells&Young’s (http://www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk/) are providing the dinner and beer on Saturday night and they’ve got some fun plans, and then Fuller’s (http://www.fullers.co.uk/) on Sunday are giving us a brewery tour, some lunch and a tasting and talk on aging beers. Pilsner Urquell (http://www.pilsnerurquell.com/in) (the competition (http://www.pencilandspoon.com/2011/04/win-trip-to-pilsner-urquell.html) to win a trip to the brewery is still open and has been extended – the winner will also travel whenever is good for them) have taken the Friday night slot and are bringing oak barrels filled with unfiltered PU. That’s oak barrels filled with unfiltered Pilsner Urquell (http://www.pencilandspoon.com/2010/09/most-incredible-drinking-experience-so.html), for anyone who was skim reading.

The other main sponsors, some of which are also talking at the event, are: The Beer Academy (http://www.beeracademy.co.uk/), SIBA (http://siba.co.uk/), the British Guild of Beer Writers (http://www.beerwriters.co.uk/), the British Beer and Pub Association (http://www.beerandpub.com/), Budvar (http://www.budweiserbudvar.co.uk/), Adnams (http://adnams.co.uk/), Shepherd Neame (http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/), Brains (http://www.sabrain.com/) and Hall and Woodhouse (http://www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/).

Then we’ve got the Saturday (drinking) sessions of the Live Blogging and the Night of Many Beers. Live Blogging is one beer from each brewery and the Night is a selection of beers so we can try lots of different stuff. Pouring at these will be...

Live Beer Blogging
Adnams (http://adnams.co.uk/)
Abbaye St. Martin/Brunehaut (http://brunehaut.com/)
Bad Attitude (http://www.badattitude.ch/birre-e.html)
DarkStar (http://darkstarbrewing.co.uk/)
Innis & Gunn (http://www.innisandgunn.com/index.htm)
S.A. Brains & Co (http://www.sabrain.com/)
Windsor & Eton (http://www.webrew.co.uk/)
Hobgoblin (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/)

[/URL]Night of Many Beers
DarkStar (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/)
Camden Town Brewery (http://darkstarbrewing.co.uk/)
Williams Bros (http://www.camdentownbrewery.com/)
Birrificio Italiano (http://www.williamsbrosbrew.com/)
Birrifico Del Ducato (http://www.birrificio.it/)
Birra Toccalmatto (http://www.birrificiodelducato.com/)
L’olmaia (http://www.birratoccalmatto.it/Default.aspx?Lang=ENG)
Sigtuna Brygghus (http://www.birrificioolmaia.com/birrificio.htm)
Oppigårds Bryggeri (http://www.sigtunabrygghus.se/sbh/)
Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri (http://www.oppigards.com/webb/start.html)
S:t Eriks Beers (http://www.nyab.se/)
Kocour (http://www.beersweden.se/archives/tag/jessica-heidrich)
Matuska (http://www.pivovar-kocour.cz/en/)
Tambor (http://www.pivovarmatuska.cz/)
[URL="http://www.rogue.com/"]Rogue Ales & Spirits (http://www.pivo-tambor.cz/)

The Italian beers are being presented by Alessio Leone from Hoppy Hour (http://hoppy-hour.blogspot.com/). Swedish beers by Darren Packman from BeerSweden (http://www.beersweden.se/). And Czech beers were gathered by Mike Cole (http://www.odddog.cz/navigation/?request_url=navigation) to be presented by the Czech Tourist Board (http://www.czechtourism.com/Homepage.aspx). (We might also be adding Marble (http://www.marblebeers.co.uk/) to the NOMB – we’re just awaiting confirmation).

I’m now really excited about it all coming together (it’s been a lot of hard work!). And I can’t wait to get there and start drinking – we’ve got some great beers and breweries involved, some of which haven’t been available in the UK before. It all kicks off on Thursday 19th May with a mini pub crawl if anyone is in town early.

If you haven’t signed up but still want to then you can. Those who are going – see you next week!

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