Is This The Ultimate Homebrewer Gathering?

10 March, 2016

In 1979, 200 people attended the first AHA National Homebrewers Conference, held in Boulder, Colorado. The conference is now recognized as the world’s most largely-attended conference devoted to amateur brewers with nearly 3000 homebrewer's making the trek this year to Homebrew Con 2016. Conference week events (brewery tours and pub crawls), Homebrew Expo & Social Club, Seminars, Craft Beer Kickoff Party, Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Brewing) Keynote, Grand Banquet & Award Ceremony - c'mon this sounds pretty cool for any level of homebrewer.


The event is held June 9-11 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention fills up fast so it's a good idea if you're thinking about going then get registered soon (various levels of participation from $65 to $270). If you've never been to a Homebrewcon check out their extensive website There you'll find everything about the convention. Litereally the only thing the website is missing is actual sample beer tastings. 

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We at love to homebrew and as any homebrewers can tell you, drinking isn't always made easy. This is where the conference shines. Homebrewers are not only surrounded by like minded folks in pursuit of their brewing hobby/passion, but they get the chance to meet with industry pro's and brewers (Wyeast Labratoris and White Labs to Bells and Stone Brewing) as well as attend over 73+ seminars in 9 different tracks. Given our biggest homebrew flop was the Honey Brown Ale attempt of 2012, we plan on sitting front row for "Brewing With Honey" with Hugo Patino. The seminars cover topics A to Z; A Timeline for Sour Beer: How to get the Flavors you Want, When you Want Them to What is Wild Yeast, Where is It, and How do you Brew With It?

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The big draw is the National Homebrew Competition and Awards Ceremony. Who doesn't love to to have their passion and hard work awarded?(!) The American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition is the world’s largest international beer competition recognizing the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead, and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide. 2015 saw 7,663 entries judged at twelve first round judge centers across the United States. First Round winners advance to the Final Round of the competition at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference. Final Round winners receive gold, silver or bronze medals in 28 style categories. We also saw pictures of big ovresized checks too! 


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About The American Homebrewers Association®

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) also publishes Zymurgy magazine.

The AHA is division of the Brewers Association, based out of Boulder, CO.