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Title: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 13, 2014, 10:30:37 am
I don't remember seeing this mentioned, this went up on the 11th. There are some positive changes from the conference committee that should make for more satisfied members.

You still have to be a member to register.

Guaranteed opportunity to register for Lifetime members, registration reserved for BJCP National and above.  The social package is back, read the terms on that, must be an AHA member. The return of the social package will make several couples that I know happy.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/save-date-2015-national-homebrewers-conference/


 
Title: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: Stevie on December 13, 2014, 11:05:18 am
Don't fully understand. There are only 741 judges ranked national or higher according to the BJCP site, but the way it is written reads that only lifetime aha and national bjcp will be allowed to register.

Never mind. That's only if there will be a lottery, those folks will get priority.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 13, 2014, 11:45:10 am
Don't fully understand. There are only 741 judges ranked national or higher according to the BJCP site, but the way it is written reads that only lifetime aha and national bjcp will be allowed to register.

Never mind. That's only if there will be a lottery, those folks will get priority.

That is right, less than 4000 no lottery and no problems. If there is a lottery they are given priority if they register.



Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: dkfick on December 13, 2014, 03:25:50 pm
Cool beans... Wish it wasn't so early still.  Tracy won't be able to go because it's right during her last few days of school.  The moved up dates are not nice for teachers.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 13, 2014, 03:50:20 pm
Cool beans... Wish it wasn't so early still.  Tracy won't be able to go because it's right during her last few days of school.  The moved up dates are not nice for teachers.

Sometimes that is due to when the hotel has an opening that will accommodate a big conference.

The AHA will have some data on the social package demand.

Edit - Sorry Tracy can't make it.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: narcout on December 14, 2014, 09:27:19 am
I think I might actually make it this year.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: brewinhard on December 14, 2014, 02:41:51 pm
Cool beans... Wish it wasn't so early still.  Tracy won't be able to go because it's right during her last few days of school.  The moved up dates are not nice for teachers.

Agreed.  It is right during prepping for end of the year tests and during some tests as well.  It is what it is...
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 14, 2014, 05:04:40 pm
Some used to complain that it ended the weekend of father's day. It is always something.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: theDarkSide on December 15, 2014, 07:54:42 am
Philly was nice because I extent my vacation (and hence my recovery period) right through the July 4th week.

Unfortunately I can't make it this year.  WDW in April and hoping to get down to Rehoboth in August and check out Ron's new place on the way.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: redbeerman on December 15, 2014, 01:58:13 pm
Glad they're bringing back the social package.  We've had a family membership for a number of years and my wife and I are looking forward to a trip to the left coast.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: ercousin on January 03, 2015, 06:22:35 pm
How many people have attended in previous years?

I'm hesitant to book a flight if there is a chance I won't be allowed to attend...
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 03, 2015, 08:09:58 pm
How many people have attended in previous years?

I'm hesitant to book a flight if there is a chance I won't be allowed to attend...

This will be number 10 for me.

The conference did not sell out last year (2014). This year in San Diego, who knows?

You will see many with tickets for sale on this forum as it get near to the conference, as life happens and some will not be able to make it.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: S. cerevisiae on January 05, 2015, 09:25:41 pm
The conference did not sell out last year (2014). This year in San Diego, who knows?

Hopefully, everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to register.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: theDarkSide on January 14, 2015, 06:42:13 am
So now that the information on the NHC site has been updated ( http://www.ahaconference.org/), it asks the important question:  Where is NHC going to be next year? :)

I know they don't officially release the location until the conference, but come on...somebody must have a rumor circulating out there.  I've heard talk of Baltimore/DC but I don't know if that's next year of 2017.

Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: dbeechum on January 14, 2015, 08:56:30 am
Where is NHC going to be next year? :)

Nothing's been signed yet, so there's nothing to announce as of yet.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: denny on January 14, 2015, 09:50:53 am
So now that the information on the NHC site has been updated ( http://www.ahaconference.org/), it asks the important question:  Where is NHC going to be next year? :)

I know they don't officially release the location until the conference, but come on...somebody must have a rumor circulating out there.  I've heard talk of Baltimore/DC but I don't know if that's next year of 2017.

Actually, the location has been announced in advance of the conference the last few years.  But as Drew said, nothing has been signed yet so there's nothing to announce.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: theDarkSide on January 14, 2015, 09:53:08 am
Nothing's been signed yet, so there's nothing to announce as of yet.

Yeah, I know...just stirring things up.

One of the best rumors (and worst) I heard from someone last year was the AHA considering making Las Vegas the permanent home for NHC.  That would just end it for me if that ever happened.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: denny on January 14, 2015, 09:54:40 am
Nothing's been signed yet, so there's nothing to announce as of yet.

Yeah, I know...just stirring things up.

One of the best rumors (and worst) I heard from someone last year was the AHA considering making Las Vegas the permanent home for NHC.  That would just end it for me if that ever happened.

I don't see that happening.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: dbeechum on January 14, 2015, 12:08:21 pm
And that's not even something I've ever heard, either. Our last trip to Vegas was a sorta mixed bag, so yeah.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: sethmoko on February 19, 2015, 12:18:02 pm
Quick question - somebody help me understand the concept of registering with a guest.

Attended last year with my wife - it was great.

Planning to attend this year with a friend (who is not yet an AHA member but will become one as part of this process). What is the advantage of us registering as guest - versus just two people registering?
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: dsmitch19 on February 19, 2015, 12:44:36 pm
Quick question - somebody help me understand the concept of registering with a guest.

Attended last year with my wife - it was great.

Planning to attend this year with a friend (who is not yet an AHA member but will become one as part of this process). What is the advantage of us registering as guest - versus just two people registering?

If you register with a guest, you will not be split up if the process ends up going to a lottery. You either both get in or not. Guests can also buy the social package this year but primary attendees can't. That's all I can think of...
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: guido on February 22, 2015, 02:27:28 pm
The conference did not sell out last year (2014). This year in San Diego, who knows?

Hopefully, everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to register.

With two days of pre-registration left, does anyone know if it looks like we're headed for a lottery?
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: S. cerevisiae on February 23, 2015, 12:15:01 pm
With two days of pre-registration left, does anyone know if it looks like we're headed for a lottery?

I seriously hope that the AHA does not have to resort to using a lottery for NHC 2015.  I do not see anything positive coming out of a lottery where member's do not have an equal shot at landing a registration slot.  Hopefully, the AHA will make signing up to judge the final round part of the National or higher preference.  Those who enter the National Homebrew Competition benefit from having the most qualified judges judge the final round.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: udubdawg on February 25, 2015, 07:43:47 am
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 25, 2015, 06:52:09 pm
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

cheers--
--Michael
Had a very good time in SD  2011.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: santoch on February 25, 2015, 08:11:11 pm
I didn't have any problem with the pulldown.

I'm really looking forward to it this year. This will be my 5th NHC. Had a great time there in '11.  The Town and Country was a great venue- it was like our own little resort in some ways.  Of course, it was really funny having that Health Care convention overlapping us.  What a contrast - all those suits and ties and women in skirts and dresses, then in come the beer guts, shorts, and t-shirts, beers in hand.

Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: yso191 on February 26, 2015, 08:08:08 am
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 26, 2015, 08:14:32 am
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

The. AHA will let us know soon.

Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: toby on February 26, 2015, 08:26:55 am
When will we know if we are in?
Just looked up last year, and the pre-registration closed on 2/26 and the emails from Altitude to order actual tickets arrived on 3/3.  Obviously no guarantee they will follow that exact time table, but if it follows that same pattern, should be soon.  According to the website, they only say "before March 12".
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 26, 2015, 09:13:50 am
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

Oh, and I am looking forward to meeting you, Steve.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: yso191 on February 26, 2015, 09:50:42 am
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

Oh, and I am looking forward to meeting you, Steve.

Thanks!  Yes I am looking forward to meeting you and the other participants of this board!  We are planning to arrive Monday and spend a couple of days looking around San Diego.  I spent 4 years there in the Navy.  That was ~35 years ago!
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: AmandaK on February 26, 2015, 12:08:26 pm
So when is the AHA Forum meet up? :D
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: toby on February 26, 2015, 01:33:49 pm
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: yso191 on February 26, 2015, 01:40:06 pm
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: theDarkSide on February 26, 2015, 01:47:14 pm
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: yso191 on February 26, 2015, 02:01:40 pm
The motel isn't taking reservations until March 13  :(
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: guido on February 26, 2015, 02:24:08 pm
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

I figured it hadn't sold out since the AHA was pushing pre-registration right until the deadline instead of backing off.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: guido on February 26, 2015, 02:30:00 pm
The motel isn't taking reservations until March 13  :(

Actually, it said "no later than," so it could be before the 13th.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: AmandaK on February 26, 2015, 02:49:05 pm
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.

Yeah, I believe Denny set it up last year. It was in the larger conference room off the main hall - good location.

If I could put my hat in the ring for Friday between morning session and afternoon session (like last year), I'd like that. Thursday is out for a lot of us due to NHC judging/stewarding and such.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: udubdawg on February 26, 2015, 04:33:42 pm

Yeah, I believe Denny set it up last year. It was in the larger conference room off the main hall - good location.

If I could put my hat in the ring for Friday between morning session and afternoon session (like last year), I'd like that. Thursday is out for a lot of us due to NHC judging/stewarding and such.

I don't know the SD layout, but I think the location last year - well away from the hotel rooms, and the timing - right after people got out of a seminar, probably hurt the number of people who brought beer to share...

I remembered the meetup at the last minute, realized my cider/mead/beer was in the hotel room a good distance away, and said "screw it, someone else will bring drinks." 
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: AmandaK on February 27, 2015, 07:38:18 am
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 27, 2015, 07:49:29 am
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Town+and+Country+Resort+%26+Convention+Center/@32.7634716,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: jeffy on February 27, 2015, 08:44:23 am
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Town+and+Country+Resort+%26+Convention+Center/@32.7634716,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad
We stayed in one of the smaller two-story sections on the other side of the pool area.  It was very nice, with a front patio and lots of flowering plants.  I heard less than favorable things about the rooms in the high rise building.
Title: Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 27, 2015, 09:01:42 am
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Town+and+Country+Resort+%26+Convention+Center/@32.7634716,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad
We stayed in one of the smaller two-story sections on the other side of the pool area.  It was very nice, with a front patio and lots of flowering plants.  I heard less than favorable things about the rooms in the high rise building.
They have refurbished the rooms. We got an offer last year for a low rate introductory offer for the improved place.