Last month several beer bloggers from the Bay Area had an impromptu meet-up at the 2008 Boonville Beer Festival. Though all of us were very different and approached our blogs from a different perspective, we all shared a love of good beer and the geography of the greater Bay Area.
When I looked at how many of us were covering the same turf on the same subject with very little overlap or conflict, I was struck by how we might work together on specific projects, events or who knows what. So the first step is to come together. With that in mind, I’ve created “Bay Area Beer Bloggers” as a very loose collection of like-minded individuals in the hope that we could develop a group that will work together on some still-unspecified projects.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and write a blog, website or podcast about beer, you’re already a member of our community. If you don’t see your blog listed on the BABB page, please shoot me a note or post a comment, and I’ll add you right away.
I also created this logo for anyone to use on their blog, if they’re so inclined. I made a few in different sizes, which you can find here, but please download them and don’t hotlink to them. Thanks.
I figure that eventually we can arrange to get together every now and again either at beer events or at our own events. I’m not envisioning anything formal, just a way for all of us to stay connected to one another in our common pursuits. I can also imagine ways in which as a group we can help promote the local beer scene, but more about that later.
The first meeting of The Bay Area Beer Bloggers at Boonville. From left: Peter Estaniel, from the BetterBeerBlog, JJ (a.k.a. Jessica), from The Thirsty Hopster, me, and Jay Hinman from the Hedonist Beer Jive.