Over the next three days, me and 1850 of my newest friends will immerse our days, evenings, and probably nights, in beer. We'll learn how to make better beerand I think we'll sample a few along the way. This is my first time at the National Homebrewers Conference and I expect it will be nothing short of amazing! Check out the full press release below for more details.
I drove up from Portland this morning, and just checked inat the conference. Look what they gave me! A tasting glass and three bottles ofbeer that were brewed exclusively for the conference! I'll treat the next threedays like a marathon instead of a race. I expect pacing, along with plenty ofwater, will be critical to maximize the experience.
Later this afternoon, the conference will officially kickoff with a welcome toast and the first round of seminars. I'll do my best toprovide some quick blog updates throughout the conference. If you're Twitter inclined, follow hashtag #NHC2012 for updates from conference attendees.
Homebrewers Around the World Set Their Sights on Seattle
Boulder, CO • May 22, 2012—It was only a matter of timebefore the American Homebrewers Association's (AHA) National HomebrewersConference made a stop in the beer-friendly city of Seattle. The sold-outconference is projected to bring 1,850 participants to the Puget Sound region,June 21-23.
With over 30,000 AHA members and approximately 1 millionhomebrewers nationwide, it comes as no surprise that the conference filledcapacity in short order. For many serious homebrewers, the National HomebrewersConference is a must-attend event each year, thanks to its educationalseminars, social events and camaraderie.
Hobbyists will immerse themselves in three days ofconcentrated education to expand their homebrewing knowledge. Expert speakers,including well-known authors and professional brewers, will cover the gamut oftopics, ranging from ingredients to brewing techniques to advanced recipes.While attendees may have a difficult choice deciding which seminars toprioritize, all will be sure to hear the keynote address, given by CharlesFinkel, founder of Seattle's own Pike Brewery.
Perhaps the only thing harder than choosing between seminarsis deciding on which beers to sample during the evening social events.Attendees are treated to a host of special beers at Thursday's Pro-BrewersNight, an event that will see 40 breweries from Washington and beyond impressthe beer enthusiasts with their finest fermentables. Then, homebrew clubs takecenter stage for Friday's Club Night. Two parts homegrown beer festival, onepart costume party, Club Night always delivers with wacky fun and artfulhomebrew.
Finally, the conference winds down on Saturday, June 23 witha grand banquet and award ceremony featuring "The Homebrew Chef,"Sean Paxton. The 2012 National Homebrew Competition winners will be awarded atthis closing event. With over 7,800 entries in 28 different style categories,this year's competition has been the largest to date and is the largest beercompetition in the world!
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf ofthe homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than30,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes eventsincluding the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition.The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the BrewersAssociation, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher ofcontemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers andhomebrewers.