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Title: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: KathrynPorter on February 03, 2012, 04:01:23 PM
The conference is now sold out.

If you weren’t able to register, please sign up for the wait list. You’ll be contacted via email if space opens up.  http://bit.ly/2012WaitList (http://bit.ly/2012WaitList)

Thanks for your support, and we can’t wait to see you in June!
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: punatic on February 03, 2012, 04:08:24 PM
Are you kidding me? 
The conference is sold out.
I tried to register, but the system would not let me log in.  I could not log in because the system would not recognize my user name.  When I tried to create a new user name it would not let me.  When I tried to call for tech support there was no one there.

I got up at 5AM HST to try to reach tech support again today, and there will be no one there until next Monday - due to inclement weather. Inclement weather indeed...  there's going to be a s***-storm of very unhappy members.

Since when do you need to be an AHA member to attend the conference anyway?

This just keeps getting better and better.

Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: theDarkSide on February 03, 2012, 04:15:04 PM
Is this a result of space not being as big as last year, or is the popularity of it growing that much?

If it keeps up this pace, they have to hold it in locations that have domed stadiums :)
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: dbeechum on February 03, 2012, 04:16:36 PM
Popularity growing that much. The seattle crew and the AHA worked really hard to get as many people into the space as possible.

in the meanwhile, get on the waitlist, i guarantee you there'll be turnover thanks to overzealous buyers.

2 days, jesus, you'd think we were a rock show or something.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 03, 2012, 04:19:49 PM
Actually a combination of the two.  Last year was planned much smaller, but had the room to grow.
This year is the 2nd largest NHC ever, so it is not small.  The AHA has had very significant growth which is great, and Seattle is a great beer destination.

A subject that we, your governing committee, will be discussing on many levels.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: punatic on February 03, 2012, 04:22:43 PM
My last post may seem a little harsh.  I'm sorry about that.  I am just really frustrated.  It took me quite a while to get a hotel room booked at the conference.  I did not want to travel all that way to stay at an off-site hotel.  Once I got that accomplished I went straight to the registration site, which is where my email above picks up.

Being optimistic; can I get on the list for the Hopunion tour on Tuesday?
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 03, 2012, 04:25:18 PM
I agree with Drew that some spots are likely to open up

Get on the wait list.  I'm sure FIFO
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2012, 04:33:47 PM
I agree with Drew that some spots are likely to open up

Get on the wait list.  I'm sure FIFO

+2

I would try that.

I'm amazed at how quickly it sold out. Success comes at a price I suppose.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: dbeechum on February 03, 2012, 04:34:38 PM
i almost guarantee you there'll be a few sheepish conversations this month. "you spent how much to go to a beer thing?" :)
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bluesman on February 03, 2012, 04:36:31 PM
i almost guarantee you there'll be a few sheepish conversations this month. "you spent how much to go to a beer thing?" :)

yup.

You can probably fit me into that category.  ;D
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: punatic on February 03, 2012, 04:38:43 PM
i almost guarantee you there'll be a few sheepish conversations this month. "you spent how much to go to a beer thing?" :)

Do you know how much the Hawaiian guy charges to paddle from Puna to Bellevue?!   :o

 ;)
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: jeffy on February 03, 2012, 04:40:40 PM
I bit the bullet last night and charged up a full conference pass even though I'm not exactly sure I'll be able to go.  I'm glad I did now. 
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bobby_m on February 03, 2012, 05:00:37 PM
I didn't realize there was a way to back out of a registration. Isn't that an obvious reason why it sold out quickly? Does the AHA impose any kind of back out fee to discourage people from jumping the gun even though they know they have an uphill battle to actually make it to the event?

Ugh... I never thought I'd have to camp out on the registration site to get a spot. Frustrated, this may be the first one I missed in the last four years. I'm curious how many West Coasters are going to keep it going when they have to spend 5 hours on a plane next year.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: denny on February 03, 2012, 05:01:28 PM
I'm curious how many West Coasters are going to keep it going when they have to spend 5 hours on a plane next year.

I will!
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: dbeechum on February 03, 2012, 05:14:34 PM
I will too..but then again denny and i both have an excuse.

yeah, i predict there's going to be hella lot of conversations happening in the next month or two to fiugre out what to do in response to the growth.

10 years ago, the conference was in Irving, TX and was a disaster due to a number of issues outside the control of the AHA and the local crew. We had less than 200 people at the conference.

2004 we thought we were pretty styling in Vegas with 700. In 2008, Cincy and it's just shy of 1k felt unreal. Then to make the jump from MN's 1300 to San Diego's 1900.. holy crap. Once we throw in the social packages, ala carte and everything else, i'm sure seattle will be near that too.

One of the problems for us as we stand is we're at that cusp of having to go into much larger conference spaces and that's a risk.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 03, 2012, 05:16:31 PM
Drew,   

we are no longer "on the cusp"
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: richardt on February 03, 2012, 05:35:38 PM
America has embraced craft beer and homebrewing, so, as long as the NHC remains primarily a hombrewer's conference, I'd be OK with growth as long as it doesn't turn into a brewfest overrun with local college kids looking to party like the GABF has become.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: theDarkSide on February 03, 2012, 06:10:14 PM
You'll have to do it like the old MacWorld conferences...one for the East, one for the West and everyone in the middle can decide which one to go to.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: Alewyfe on February 03, 2012, 06:16:18 PM
America has embraced craft beer and homebrewing, so, as long as the NHC remains primarily a hombrewer's conference, I'd be OK with growth as long as it doesn't turn into a brewfest overrun with local college kids looking to party like the GABF has become.

++1
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: udubdawg on February 03, 2012, 06:22:03 PM
I can't imagine the local efforts necessary to put one of these things on; even if there is demand among AHA members are there really enough volunteers in more than a handful of cities to put on a bigger conference?  I suppose we'll likely find out in coming years.

I don't think there's any danger of conferences with less than 200 people again!

cheers--
--Michael

Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: markemiley on February 03, 2012, 06:52:54 PM
From a workload perspective, this year the AHA has taken a great role in reducing the amount of work that the local committee has to undertake.  There has been a great push towards "keep it simple."  There is a lot of effort that can be put into a conference that really doesn't add much benefit.  As this year's conference co-organizer, I appreciate the effort that has been put into managing the scope of the conference.

I think as the conference continues to evolve, they'll be able to shape the scope of the local committee's roles even better to make it even smoother and more managable, despite growth. 

Basically, as long as you've got a good community that get get some beer ready, you can pull it off.

Mark Emiley
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: rsorbo on February 03, 2012, 06:59:15 PM
Not the news I wanted to wake up to today!
The NHC is finally in my backyard, one city away and now, after renewing my membership, I see that's it's sold out!
It's not a good day!  :'(
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 03, 2012, 07:01:19 PM
Get yourself on the wait list.  FIFO
Some tickets will become available
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: rsorbo on February 03, 2012, 07:08:35 PM
Get yourself on the wait list.  FIFO
Some tickets will become available

I have, thanks.
I can't imagine that many spots will open up.
I'll try an keep my head up...at least propped up by a pint.  :-\
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: theDarkSide on February 03, 2012, 07:12:20 PM
I have, thanks.
I can't imagine that many spots will open up.
I'll try an keep my head up...at least propped up by a pint.  :-\

I bet they will.  Life gets in the way sometimes or some may have bought they ticket and then realized how much it's going to cost in the end ( airfare & hotel ) and decide not to go.  Good luck.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 03, 2012, 07:13:24 PM
The other thing I'll add is the the AHA staff is having a blast, a SNOW day in Colorado (yea right)

Do Not expect any reply from AHA staff about anything until Monday.

(Just kiddin 'bout the snow day Gary)
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: theDarkSide on February 03, 2012, 07:18:34 PM
The other thing I'll add is the the AHA staff is having a blast, a SNOW day in Colorado (yea right)

Do Not expect any reply from AHA staff about anything until Monday.

(Just kiddin 'bout the snow day Gary)

A foot of snow in Colorado...I thought they called that flurries  :D

Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: a10t2 on February 03, 2012, 07:20:51 PM
I guess given that there's a waitlist, there must be some procedure for refunding or transferring a reservation. Does anyone know for sure?
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: denny on February 03, 2012, 07:35:59 PM
America has embraced craft beer and homebrewing, so, as long as the NHC remains primarily a hombrewer's conference, I'd be OK with growth as long as it doesn't turn into a brewfest overrun with local college kids looking to party like the GABF has become.

I think the AHA and the GC are committed to making sure that doesn't happen.  I will personally do all I can to maintain NHC as a homebrewer's conference.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: a10t2 on February 03, 2012, 07:39:04 PM
If nothing else, I'm pretty sure the registration fee will keep the college kids out.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: johnf on February 03, 2012, 08:19:20 PM
I guess given that there's a waitlist, there must be some procedure for refunding or transferring a reservation. Does anyone know for sure?

For Oakland I had to give up my registration. I just emailed they AHA, they refunded me, gave it to the next person on the waitlist. Not automated, but very easy.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: garyg on February 03, 2012, 09:55:12 PM
I guess given that there's a waitlist, there must be some procedure for refunding or transferring a reservation. Does anyone know for sure?

We will accept refund request up to March 31.  Those needing a refund can contact Chris Williams our events registrar at williams@brewersassociation.org/888-822-6273 x 125.

I do think we will be able to accommodate a good number of the wait listed people, though probably not everyone.  It's certainly our goal to accommodate as many people who want to attend as possible.

Something to keep in mind with the conference is that we have to book the venues 2 to 3 years in advance.  The 2012 contract was signed before the 2010 conference even took place.  It's not easy predicting what kind of growth (or possible decline) we'll have that far in advance.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: a10t2 on February 03, 2012, 10:25:09 PM
Thanks Gary. I was worried about taking someone's spot without being sure I could attend.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: Roger Burns on February 04, 2012, 05:03:37 PM
I think that the GABF should be the place that those college kids learn about great beer, and the NHC is where they come to learn how to make it.  Two great conferences with two different goals.  Depending on your perspective, one is the minor league, one is the major.  But each joined together.  As long as there is interest, there will be growth.

Thanks to Gary for also pointing out how far in advance the planning takes.  Our own Crispy Frey mentioned in an email to our club how many people are needed in just one facet of the NHC planning.  It is a major undertaking, and I think that all the AHA members should really know how much.  I definitely feel like my dues are working for me. 

brew on,
Roger Burns
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: MDixon on February 05, 2012, 05:48:42 PM
Personally I think the issue is/was waiting until February to allow people to purchase the conference. Usually it quietly opens in November and it does not sell out for quite some time. My suggestion would be to go back to the old ways for 2013.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: udubdawg on February 05, 2012, 05:56:14 PM
Personally I think the issue is/was waiting until February to allow people to purchase the conference. Usually it quietly opens in November and it does not sell out for quite some time. My suggestion would be to go back to the old ways for 2013.

I can see your point, but IMO having more information available about the conference is better.  The more speakers/events that are defined, and perhaps even if a schedule of seminars was defined when tickets go on sale, the less likely people will cancel, no?

cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: j25stew on February 05, 2012, 06:39:15 PM
I would like to know how many tickets were sold, w/o awards dinner? How many last year? ( not to include the social only option)
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: bonjour on February 05, 2012, 07:28:39 PM
The 2011 and 2012 are being held at radically different facilities with different capacities.  Sites are currently chosen almost 3 years in advance.  The 2012 site was chosen before last years conference and is the 2nd largest NHC ever.

And yes, we went well over our anticipated growth.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: MDixon on February 06, 2012, 11:19:00 AM
Michael - I contend the speakers have little to do with whether or not one attends a conference. What it boils down to the pretty simple, can I go, do I want to go and can I afford to go.

Now you do bring up a good point, I wonder what the cancellation rate has been in the past.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: aod on February 06, 2012, 10:33:05 PM
Wow.  I got the email about tickets last week, posted it up on my homebrew club forum/facebook, booked a hotel room, and said, "I'll get the tickets next week, I need to study for this BJCP exam in two days."

Well crap.  I have a hotel room and no tickets.  (I am on the wait list, but I got on kinda late...)

Will sell half a room for tickets?!

~Adam
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: timmyr on April 17, 2012, 10:25:34 PM
Have reservations and on the waitlist.  Hoping.  Any word when we may see e-mails go out or have they already and I missed it because I did not read all 3 pages of the post?

Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: tschmidlin on April 17, 2012, 10:32:49 PM
Have reservations and on the waitlist.  Hoping.  Any word when we may see e-mails go out or have they already and I missed it because I did not read all 3 pages of the post?
I would contact the AHA to find out what the deal is.  I don't know what the notifications looked like, so I can't say if you were too far down or missed it.  The AHA will know.
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: aod on April 18, 2012, 03:05:40 PM
I signed up for the waiting list too, but never heard anything from the AHA.  What's the best way to contact them?

~Adam
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: KathrynPorter on April 18, 2012, 04:04:53 PM
Thank you to everyone that has waited patiently to hear if they have a space at this year's AHA Conference. Unfortunately, all the Full Conference and Social registration spots were recently filled.

Kathryn
Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: timmyr on May 04, 2012, 12:18:56 PM
Bummer. Well, I still have a reservation in the event someone cannot make it and wants to sell their registration (it that's allowed).

Title: Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
Post by: aod on May 04, 2012, 12:35:10 PM
Same...if anyone cannot make it, please let us know!