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Title: Conference pointers
Post by: chigundo on February 01, 2013, 05:21:57 PM
Anyone got any pointers for a conference first-timer?  Registration is Tuesday and I"m still not sure which type of registration I'm going for.. looking at the Social - no banquet but could be persuaded.  Any info on what to expect is appreciated.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 01, 2013, 05:36:49 PM
Just go for the whole deal.

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone going full conference and regretting it.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: bluesman on February 01, 2013, 05:40:07 PM
It's all worth to me. Go for it!

I doubt you'll regret it.  :)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: AmandaK on February 01, 2013, 05:42:47 PM
I got the full w/o banquet last year and I should have just gotten the full w/banquet.

Go big or stay home!  ;D
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 01, 2013, 05:44:19 PM
If you have any interest in brewing, you'll regret not going to the seminars.  The banquet is a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: chigundo on February 01, 2013, 05:53:39 PM
When you register a guest, is that a free add-on at the time or do you pay the same price for him/her as well?
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: bluesman on February 01, 2013, 05:54:42 PM
When you register a guest, is that a free add-on at the time or do you pay the same price for him/her as well?

Same price for everyone... member or guest.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: Jimmy K on February 01, 2013, 06:00:41 PM
If you haven't seen the First Time Attendee guide, it's a good read.
 
http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/ (http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/)
 
I guess it depends on your situation, but I would only consider the "social only" options if I lived nearby. It seems like a waste to spend money on travel and hotel and not spend $60 to attend the seminars. 
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: jeffy on February 01, 2013, 06:07:22 PM
I used to get the full package without the banquet, but since Sean Paxton has been the chef, I now ALWAYS get the full conference with banquet.
Club Night is the best part, except for the seminars, which are also the best part, unless you count the banquet, which is the best part, but the best part is getting to see all the friends you've made each year.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 01, 2013, 06:32:42 PM
Last year was my first year and I definately recommend the full package.  The seminars have some great info and most serve beer, some of which is related to the content of the talk.

And the banquet is not to be missed.  I was a lone traveler last year, and met some great people at my table from all over the country.  The meal and beer pairing was also excellent.  And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 01, 2013, 06:49:45 PM
If you haven't seen the First Time Attendee guide, it's a good read.
 
http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/ (http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/)
 
I guess it depends on your situation, but I would only consider the "social only" options if I lived nearby. It seems like a waste to spend money on travel and hotel and not spend $60 to attend the seminars.

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(

I used to get the full package without the banquet, but since Sean Paxton has been the chef, I now ALWAYS get the full conference with banquet.
Club Night is the best part, except for the seminars, which are also the best part, unless you count the banquet, which is the best part, but the best part is getting to see all the friends you've made each year.

That was what I was thinking. Especially the friends from over the year part.

The Sean Paxton banquets are always a special treat.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: tschmidlin on February 01, 2013, 06:55:44 PM
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: Jimmy K on February 01, 2013, 07:00:05 PM

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: tschmidlin on February 01, 2013, 07:00:55 PM

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
He is referenced in the first time attendee guide
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 01, 2013, 07:01:20 PM
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)

The more the merrier ( or hairier or scarier  ;D )
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: tschmidlin on February 01, 2013, 07:02:57 PM
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)

The more the merrier ( or hairier or scarier  ;D )
All of the above :)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: Jimmy K on February 01, 2013, 07:07:04 PM

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
He is referenced in the first time attendee guide
Gotcha - no shoes
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: garc_mall on February 01, 2013, 07:18:52 PM
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: tschmidlin on February 01, 2013, 07:24:13 PM
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 01, 2013, 07:27:29 PM
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

Which is the nice thing about this year...I can catch my flight at 2:30pm and still be home by 5pm.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 01, 2013, 07:27:59 PM
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

Which I've done all too often.  Many times I've "gotten up" at 1-2 AM to make my flight home....
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: bluesman on February 01, 2013, 08:24:08 PM
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

Yes...don't do that! I aim for nothing less than noon.  ;)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 01, 2013, 08:31:51 PM

Except Mike Bardallis didn't make it last year, and may not this year.  :(


I'm not following, do I know Mike Bardallis?
If you went to NHCs in San Diego and before, you would instantly recognize him, and his wife Annette.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbarber on February 04, 2013, 02:08:34 PM
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

I made that mistake last year...that was a rough morning.  Luckily this year I can sleep in.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: jklinck on February 09, 2013, 12:00:19 PM
Anyone got any pointers for a conference first-timer?  Registration is Tuesday and I"m still not sure which type of registration I'm going for.. looking at the Social - no banquet but could be persuaded.  Any info on what to expect is appreciated.

Monitor your drinking. I was mostly a drunk fool for my first conference, less so for my second one and never really drunk for my third one. There is a lot of great beer, if you aren't completely enjoying a beer then just dump it (but not in front of the brewer). Drink as much water as you do beer. Also tell people to only give  you short pours. I make a point of only drinking 2oz or so of a beer unless it is absolutely fantastic. During my first conference there were a couple of guys that were absolutely hammered 30 minutes into club night (frat boy hammered), don't be that guy. Plus, the more you monitor your alcohol intake the easier it will be to wake up for the talks. You learn a lot of great stuff from the talks as well as have some great beer at them. The conference is awesome and you are going to have a great time.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 09, 2013, 04:46:09 PM
Monitor your drinking. I was mostly a drunk fool for my first conference, less so for my second one and never really drunk for my third one. There is a lot of great beer, if you aren't completely enjoying a beer then just dump it (but not in front of the brewer). Drink as much water as you do beer. Also tell people to only give  you short pours. I make a point of only drinking 2oz or so of a beer unless it is absolutely fantastic. During my first conference there were a couple of guys that were absolutely hammered 30 minutes into club night (frat boy hammered), don't be that guy. Plus, the more you monitor your alcohol intake the easier it will be to wake up for the talks. You learn a lot of great stuff from the talks as well as have some great beer at them. The conference is awesome and you are going to have a great time.

WISE WORDS!  I was "that guy" at my first conference, too.  Fortunately (?), health issues have forced me to really cut back on my drinking.  I don't start til noon now and try to limit myself to less than 3 pints total over the course of the day.  Not saying that anyone else should follow that policy, but I do think that to a degree less is more.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 09, 2013, 05:32:14 PM
I think everyone is "that guy" at some point. :)

I try and be very careful at these big beer events since it's a marathon and not a sprint. Even still, by the end of conference I'm exhausted by the mix of beer, socialization (hey, introverts lose energy socializing!) and lack of sleep. It usually takes me a day of peace and quiet to catch up to myself.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: jeffy on February 09, 2013, 09:56:13 PM
It really doesn't help when they schedule a mead seminar at 9 in the morning with lots of free samples, but if you go slow you can make it.
Crispy told me at a conference once that he sampled every beer at club night.  He used a very, very small glass.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 09, 2013, 11:17:38 PM
Crispy told me at a conference once that he sampled every beer at club night.  He used a very, very small glass.

I will say that these days I'm betting that would be an impossible task unless one was using a nano glass. I'm not even sure you could get around the taps in the time for club night.
Title: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 09, 2013, 11:25:37 PM
Crispy told me at a conference once that he sampled every beer at club night.  He used a very, very small glass.

I will say that these days I'm betting that would be an impossible task unless one was using a nano glass. I'm not even sure you could get around the taps in the time for club night.

Don't you recall Crispy's nano mug?  Can't be more than an oz.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: jklinck on February 10, 2013, 01:45:51 PM
Crispy told me at a conference once that he sampled every beer at club night.  He used a very, very small glass.

I will say that these days I'm betting that would be an impossible task unless one was using a nano glass. I'm not even sure you could get around the taps in the time for club night.

Don't you recall Crispy's nano mug?  Can't be more than an oz.

Looks like I'm bringing a shot glass to Philly!
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 11, 2013, 02:28:03 PM
Last year, I was kind of "that guy" at the BN anniversary party.  Definitely drunk but not the obnoxious frat boy drunk.  I tend to get quieter.  The next night I went a lot easier, sticking mostly to sours that were offered.  I also drank my rinse water between fills, which I think helped. 

Friday was more towards Wednesday ( man I have a short memory ), and Saturday was steady but without overdoing it. Good thing too since I won a medal.  Can't imagine what I would have done if I had been too far gone ( trip on stage, hug Charlie, rub Gary's head, etc  ;D). 

Title: Conference pointers
Post by: majorvices on February 11, 2013, 03:32:28 PM
I'm always "that guy" regardless. I have a reputation to uphold.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: garc_mall on February 11, 2013, 04:11:41 PM
I'm always "that guy" regardless. I have a reputation to uphold.

The last night of NHC last year was fun. But I had to drive, so I stayed sober.
Title: Conference pointers
Post by: majorvices on February 11, 2013, 04:25:53 PM
That's a very good excuse. Drunk driving is especially stupid. So, fwiw I'm not "that guy".
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 11, 2013, 04:38:40 PM
Take good notes in the tech, sessions. You will always go - "I remember Ray/Stan/Greg/Vinnie/Matt/Denny/Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?". Notes written in the back of the program help.
Title: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 11, 2013, 05:00:19 PM
Take good notes in the tech, sessions. You will always go - "I remember Ray/Stan/Greg/Vinnie/Matt/Denny/Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?". Notes written in the back of the program help.

Jeff, with me I think the word is "goofy", not "important"!  :)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 11, 2013, 05:12:32 PM
"I remember Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?".

I defy anyone to name one thing important I've said! :)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 11, 2013, 05:22:34 PM
Giving some of the guys here some shout outs, and they shout back!
Title: Conference pointers
Post by: denny on February 11, 2013, 05:27:00 PM
"I remember Drew saying something important, what the heck was it?".

I defy anyone to name one thing important I've said! :)

How would anyone know after they go deaf from all the f bombs?  ;)

Thanks for trying, Jeff!
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 11, 2013, 07:11:32 PM
Giving some of the guys here some shout outs, and they shout back!

:)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: dbeechum on February 11, 2013, 07:12:17 PM
How would anyone know after they go deaf from all the f bombs?  ;)

One pleasant surprise out of watching Chip Walton's taping of my presentation last year - I don't swear all that much.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: brewmichigan on February 11, 2013, 08:53:00 PM
How would anyone know after they go deaf from all the f bombs?  ;)

One pleasant surprise out of watching Chip Walton's taping of my presentation last year - I don't swear all that much.

I expected more cowbell... but that's just me.
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: Jimmy K on February 14, 2013, 02:37:13 PM
I try and be very careful at these big beer events since it's a marathon and not a sprint.
I don't know, but three days seems more like IronMan than a 'little marathon'
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 14, 2013, 02:42:42 PM
I don't know, but three days seems more like IronMan than a 'little marathon'

Sunday morning

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT1BBnEPYZus3qB2MNDPgheHZbs7pyhmOrrapoF2nfAPWzxYPxoJygYQN-vxw)
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: morticaixavier on February 14, 2013, 05:53:07 PM
HA
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: james on February 14, 2013, 11:38:02 PM
I don't know, but three days seems more like IronMan than a 'little marathon'

Sunday morning

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT1BBnEPYZus3qB2MNDPgheHZbs7pyhmOrrapoF2nfAPWzxYPxoJygYQN-vxw)


Awesome.  Mind if I steal that for my avatar?
Title: Re: Conference pointers
Post by: theDarkSide on February 15, 2013, 01:08:02 PM
Go ahead...it's not mine.  I just linked it from the internet.  ( amazing you can find something to fit every scenerio on the internet )