Hello Portland! HTBN Goes to the Craft Brewers Conference

HTBN logoHoppy Trails Beer News owner, internationally known writer/photographer, webmaster,  self-proclaimed craft brewing expert and homebrewer – Bob Shoemaker – will be live-blogging from the Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, OR, next week (April 14-17).

CBC logoThe Craft Brewers Conference is a gathering of professional brewers and brewery owners from all parts of the country and many foreign nations to trade ideas an update their knowledge about their rapidly expanding industry. They will experience trade-show displays and speakers on everything from innovations in hop varieties to marketing beers internationally.  I am hopeful that copious amounts of wonderful craft beer will also be consumed.

What is live-blogging, you ask? It is a process where someone takes a smartphone, tablet, laptop, video camera or still camera to a interesting event and immediately writes and posts images and commentary about what he/she is seeing at that particular moment. It is sort of like streaming, but not. If you want to almost be there when it happens, you follow this person on Twitter or Facebook, ask for notifications when something new hits the net and enjoy the event in abstentia.

To follow Bob at the conference, read funny, insightful prose and see outstanding pictures of the Craft Brewers Conference, find the Hoppy Trails Beer News website, Facebook page or Twitter account and Like/Follow to get updates.

Tuesday, April 14

Today at the CBC was basically a day for people to come pick up their registration packets and for exhibitors to get set up for tomorrow. There was a “welcome fete” for first-timers and a “meet-and-greet” for everybody this evening.


Hoppy Trails Beer News caught up on the Portland small brewers scene with visits to Hair of the Dog,  Breakside and Ecliptic.

breakside ecliptic hairofthedog

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Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner