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5B Recap

Saturday, February 11 was the inaugural Believers in Better Beer, Bites, and Blogging (5B) Conference in Cincinnati organized by Hoperatives to coincide with Cincinnati Winter Beerfest. It offered three tracks for beer, food and general bloggers so there was something for everyone in attendance.

Our blog conference ticket included VIP admission to Friday’s beerfest and Saturday’s connoisseur lounge, which had delicious food and beer pairings in an area away from the general floor. Being a volunteer on Saturday, I was happy I was not standing in line after line.

As for the conference, I attended another session so I was happy to see What’s Cookin’ Now provide a summary of Lessons from a Live Radio Cooking Show. Their show can be heard in Whitesburg, KY or streamed online. I did not see or hear that it is produced as a podcast, which is my preference.

ShannanB and RadioCarla presented 10 tips to Better blogging and Shannan put her on her professional blog, which is filling up with good information in short posts. Carla mentioned using Twilert to monitor Twitter mentions because it keeps tabs better than Google Alerts or Hootsuite. If you want to incorporate forms in your blog, try Formidable Pro.

Probably the most memorable speaker was Schlafly Beers because beer was given out in addition to the usual swag!

If you want to find Twitter accounts for some of the attendees, here’s my FiveB list (because Twitter won’t let you start with a number). I missed you, tweet me @udandi and let me know and I’ll add you so others can easily find you, too.

Blog Recaps
If you wrote a recap post, leave me a comment with a link so I can add it.
Cincinnati Winter Beerfest recap post from Ed Paff
Our Good Food Life’s 5B post
Charlie Tonic wrap up and Podcast

Beer Fest
Photos of Beer Fest from Hoperatives
Cincy Beer Festivals on Facebook

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6 Comment

  1. Jonathan
    February 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Great to meet you, and thanks for the shout out! Unfortunately What’s Cookin’ Now! is not yet available as a podcast, but I’m working on it. In the meantime you can stream several of our shows at the archive page:

    1. Andi
      February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Oh good to know about streaming the old episodes. I listen to podcasts all day long at work so I’m always looking for new material.

  2. Carla
    February 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Andi!

    I’ve been collecting the recap posts on the 5B page on Hoperatives too. That page is at

    Thanks for the recap and attending!


    1. Andi
      February 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you for organizing Carla! I loved that it was a small, inviting atmosphere.

      Good to see you’re collecting recaps, I know others were asking about it.

  3. Freddi V.
    February 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Ohmy! I envy you so much. I like to join any beer fest. What’s the best brand of beer have you ever tasted?

    Cheers to a successful event!


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