The Book Week That Was

Thanks to everyone who came out the book events in Denver last week, during the Great American Beer Festival.

  • Kokopelli Beer Company got us off and running (and sipping) by hosting 2 events: the first for beer pros & media, talking about the book, what’s in it and how to use it. The second was a screening of my TED talk for everyone. Both groups were engaged, fun and participated actively.
  • A tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science by Dr. Nicole Garneau was a real treat. I’m a tour junkie and the behind the scenes is always the most interesting ‘exhibit’ around.
  • Ginger with TV Journalist, Heather Mills, FOX Denver

    Ginger with TV Journalist, Heather Mills, FOX Denver

    TV time with very fun & sharp Heather Mills, KDVR FOX Denver, provided a morning boost! Their whole team is very smooth, calm and professional. Here’s the clip.

  • Visit Denver then took credentialed media around on buses to 3 breweries in Denver. As is their style, they take good care of us as guests and the bonus of Ed Sealover as our guide sealed the deal.
  • Book signings at GABF itself were good – both Thursday and Friday nights. The opportunity to meet with and talk to people who know the book holds real (ROI style) value is always gratifying.
  • The big World Premier Book Launch party at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, with my venerable crew Diane, Dave & Marty, was a success. Our partner in this event was Ska Brewing – pints up to them for ‘getting’ there’s something to this. T’was fun to have a crew of Ska peep present & participating.
  • img_5015Wrap it up by attending a Brewers Association Press Conference – super useful insight – and then a special session of Paired – beer & food pairing at the GABF – and you’ve got quite the week!
  • The cherry on top was a radio interview with Gary Valliere, American Craft Beer Radio, Saturday, as we eased on down the road home.
  • People met, reconnections with friends and colleagues, many conversations & a few beers, books discussed signed & sold. It’s all part and parcel to my world in the beer community.

What was your week like?

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Great American Beer Fun

If you were in Denver or the greater central Colorado area later last week, you’d have likely encountered people – lots of them – out to celebrate beer.

Two things were happening:

The Great State of Colorado loves beer!

The Great State of Colorado loves beer!

The 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival, hosted by the Brewers Association in the Colorado Convention Center. And Denver Beer Week hosted by Visit Denver. While I questioned the wisdom of adding an entire city celebration by Visit Denver a while back to add Beer Week in tandem with the GABF, it seems to be going smoothly.

Here are a few “wow!” factors to the GABF:

  • From 1982 with 800 attendees to 49,ooo in 2013
  • From 40 beers from 22 breweries to 4875 beers judged by 210 industry pros
  • 1100 of today’s breweries are brewpub from the approximate 2500+ breweries nationwide
  • Tickets for the recently concluded 2013 event sold out in 20 minutes

How do we know this info? Well, as credentialed media at the event, we’re given the royal educational treatment. It’s good for everyone to share the mash with those who help bring it forward. And while media is only one facet of WEB, it’s a big part of helping us stay up to date on the industry.

With 49,000 guests + loads of volunteers and workers at the Convention Center AND the myriad colleagues it’s a week loaded with great times, vast flavors, and engaging opportunities to celebrate American beer.

Great American Beer Festival indeed. See you there, again, next year!

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2013 Great American Beer Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Yes, it’s true – your eyes are telling you the truth!!

Women Enjoying Beer is giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in beer centric & flavorful Denver Colorado.

Wanna try for them? Here’s the mash:

Entries are of two categories:

1. Current news-getters. You’re already in our safe secure once a month email news stream – thank you! If you’re in it, then check your email, as it went out this morning. Read it through, following the directions, enter to win. Consumers, Professionals & Media all welcome to enter, women & men alike of course!

2. New news-getters. You’re not yet in our safe secure email news stream – welcome! Sign up on our home page in the stream you wish – Consumer, Professional, media – and send me an email with the subject line stating “YES! I’m new to WEB and want to win GABF tickets!” including you first and last name.

A great group of enthusiastic Media on the GABF Bus Tour last year, sponsored by Visit Denver

A great group of enthusiastic Media on the GABF Bus Tour last year, sponsored by Visit Denver

Entries will be taken through 9/15/13.

  • Those already in the stream as of today, well actually late last night to make sure, will be entered to win two tickets for the 10/10 Thursday night session 5:30 – 10 pm.
  • Those who will be new to the info stream as of today will be entered to wine two tickets for the 10/12 Saturday afternoon session Noon – 4 pm.

It’s this simple!

As a GABF Industry Sponsor we get a supply of tickets and we’re happy to share them forward. Since we get them as a Sponsor these tickets are NOT TO BE RESOLD or scalped – that’d be really bad form, so please don’t entertain that thought. Take them freely and even if you win them and can’t go, then give them to a beer learner and enjoyer who can. Tickets will be left at the Colorado Convention Center GABF Will Call counter.

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GABF 2012…On Your Mark, Get Ready…GO!

Denver’s a great place to visit and I love being in Colorado for the Great American Beer Festival. It’s an extraordinary one for many reasons.

  1. It’s where you get to see many of beer friends, enthusiasts and colleagues
  2. The sheer numbers of beers you can try on the festival floor is mind boggling…more on numbers after the incredelicious Media Luncheon tomorrow.
  3. The hospitality of the City of Denver is open armed and exuberant
  4. The geography is gorgeous

Dona, Ginger & Tina at The Cheeky Monk for "Thank The Saints!" event 10/9

That’s the short list. And since WEB is moving into our Industry Sponsor space today, with the first session starting tonight, we’re ready to have the gates open and the people coming in!

We’ve already had a successful women and beer event at The Cheeky Monk – more great people passionate about beer, community and making their dreams come alive. Much to the delight of taste buds everywhere.

Thanks to the Brewers Association for making it easy to be part of the fest. A big THANKS to my crew this year too – Emily, Diane, & Sarah.

Here we go – see you soon!

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Descending on Denver

Are you also either in Denver or Descending on Denver, Colorado USA this week? There’s much ado about beer happening in that mile high city this week.

If you see the WEB van on the road, honk & wave!

We’re happily busy with all kinds of things – check out our schedule surrounding the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Highlights will include:

  • Thank the Saints! 10/9, 7 – 9 pm, The Cheeky Monk, Colfax Location, Denver CO. Premier Women’s Only event. Call them for tickets.
  • GABF – we’re booth 135, here’s our line up. Come see us! We’ve got a full line up of goods & goodies to treat yourself too (they make splendid gifts too)
  • Twisted Tastes event, 10/13, 930 – 11 am, Twisted Pine Brewery, Boulder, CO. Delicious event open to all (over 21). Call them for tickets.

We’ve got gobs of great industry & media things on the agenda too, thanks to various hosts including the Brewers Association, Visit Denver and other beerific folks.

See you soon at Booth 135 and all the others!

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