What is vBeers? 
vBeers was created just over a decade ago, June 2011 to be precise, to provide an opportunity for tech enthusiasts and professionals, working in the Cloud, container, and virtualization space, to meet with other like-minded individuals. We recognized that there was often a long delay in meeting up with our fellow vGeeks and also in meeting new people in the industry, with this only ever seeming to happen during conferences or after user groups. The term vBeers is synonymous with this website (vbeers.org), as it is the central hub for the coordination and sharing of information around vBeers events by our community members.

It’s all about the community:
vBeers was created as a non-commercial event and is intended as something for the tech community, by the tech community.  Despite the reference to beer in the name, vBeers isn’t actually about drinking beer but rather the socialization and networking aspect often experienced when sharing a drink (alcoholic or not) between people. The focus of vBeers is on socializing, meeting others, and having a good conversation(s) in a pleasant social setting.      

All enterprise tech catered for:  vBeers meetups are in no way intended to be exclusive to a particular technology-set or product group and as such is open to everyone as it’s all about the community of individuals that work in the tech industry, rather than the products themselves.

Vendors & the risk of fud: As with any such event there is the possibility that from time to time a vendor may want to sponsor or put their credit card behind the bar.  Of course, there is nothing directly up with this as long as the vendor doesn’t use this as an opportunity to pitch their products and/or services or collect contact details (eg: business cards) from the attendees.  IMPORTANT:  Vendors please remember that this is a community event that people are attending in their own time to meet and talk with their peers in a social setting.  Leave your sales hats at the door, have fun and get to know those working in this tech-space – thanks. 

vBeers – popularity:  The term ‘vBeers’ has really become popular amongst those involved in the virtualization and cloud industry and you can now find regular and impromptu vBeers meet-ups happening right across the world, from the UK to Italy to Australia and the US.  The use of the #vBeers hashtag on Twitter has also proven popular and a good way, of course along with this site, to see whether anyone is planning a vBeers meet-up in your area.

vBeers.org – bringing it all together:  This vBeers.org site was created alongside the first vBeers meetup in 2011, it is free to use and is constructed to provide a centralized location where you can find out about any vBeers events as well as a promoting any vBeers meetup events you may have planned.  I will continue to add and improve the vBeers.org site over time and would appreciate feedback on how to improve the site.

We hope you enjoy attending or arranging your own vBeers and find this site of use.

Thanks, Simon S.