Homebrew Headquarters at the
2024 Great American Beer Festival®

In 2024, Homebrew Con™, the annual conference for American Homebrewers Association® members, is on hiatus.

Introducing Homebrew Headquarters at the Great American Beer Festival or Homebrew HQ at GABF®, if you’re into that whole brevity thing.

We recognize how important it is to connect with American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members and to celebrate homebrewers. We are excited to offer AHA-only exclusive events and the Homebrew Headquarters inside the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Oct. 10-12, in Denver, allowing AHA members to have a focused presence at the nation’s largest beer festival.

What’s on Tap

  • Homebrew HQ at GABF: This AHA member-only area will be open during all Great American Beer Festival sessions, where you can sample 2024 Pro-Am beers, taste the delicious homebrews of Homebrew Rockstars, learn how to taste beer like a pro at You Be the Judge, watch live homebrewing demonstrations, explore the homebrew marketplace, plus much more to come! 
    A GABF ticket is required to attend the festival. AHA members will be required to show their membership card to access Homebrew HQ.
  • AHA Member Gathering: Mingle with fellow members at the Colorado Convention Center, date and time TBD.
    Pre-registration, AHA membership, and a GABF ticket are required to attend.
  • Exclusive Headline Speakers: AHA members are invited to hear from homebrewing luminaries before the Great American Beer Festival session starts, dates and times TBD.
    Pre-registration, AHA membership, and a GABF ticket are required to attend.
  • National Homebrew Competition (NHC) Awards: On Thursday, Oct. 10, the results of the world’s largest homebrew competition will be announced live from the floor of the Great American Beer Festival.
    A GABF ticket for Thursday, Oct. 10, is required to attend the NHC awards ceremony.
  • Educational Opportunities: On Friday, Oct. 11, attend Club Officer Bootcamp or Beer Judge Certification Program Exams in the Colorado Convention Center.
    Pre-registration and AHA membership required for bootcamp; register for BJCP exams on their website.
  • Local Savings: Flash your membership card to save at AHA Member Deal locations in Denver and the Front Range.

Please check back for more details and sign up for the AHA Newsletter!

FAQs

Homebrew Con is taking a break in 2024 to reimagine the event. We aim to honor traditions, keep expenses affordable, and come back to the roots of the AHA. The Great American Beer Festival was introduced by the AHA in 1982 and will be a central part of the 2024 gathering, highlighting the ongoing contributions of AHA members to the world of beer.

For 2025, stay tuned for full details and sign up for the AHA Newsletter.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the NHC results will be announced on the Backyard stage on the Great American Beer Festival floor. You must purchase a GABF ticket for Thursday, Oct. 10, to attend the awards ceremony.

On Friday, Oct. 11, at the Colorado Convention Center, AHA members can pre-register for a free Bootcamp for Club Officers. Registration will be available at a later date.

In addition, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) will offer exams, registration will be available on their website.

At this time, Club Night has not been scheduled. We’re exploring possibilities; please check back or sign up for the AHA Newsletter.

Yes, book your lodging through our partner, ConferenceDirect, for the best available room rates. The hotel room block will be available on the GABF website in April.

No, our permit does not allow any outside alcohol.

During the Homebrew Rockstar presentations, their homebrew will be served in the private AHA member-only Homebrew HQ area within the festival.

There will not be a commemorative beer gifted to attendees.

There will not be a swag bag. GABF-branded items will be available for sale at the merchandise booth.

No, all entrants to the Homebrew HQ must be current American Homebrewers Association member.

Memberships start at $4.99/month—join now.

We won’t have the classic homebrew expo, but you can expect to find a homebrew marketplace in the Homebrew HQ on the Great American Beer Festival floor.

We look forward to gathering with AHA members and celebrating homebrewers in Denver this October!

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