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Title: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: narcout on March 17, 2019, 06:35:53 PM
So who's going?

I was pretty bummed that I had to miss last year, but I'll be back for this one.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It looks like the AHA forum meetup is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30, and I look forward to seeing you all there...
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on March 17, 2019, 08:03:55 PM
So who's going?

I was pretty bummed that I had to miss last year, but I'll be back for this one.

Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It looks like the AHA forum meetup is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30, and I look forward to seeing you all there...

Drew and I will be there.  We're doping both a seminar and book signing on Thur., byut I hope we make it to the meetup.  This year they're going to be held in conference rooms, rather than the social club where everything kind of got lost.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: jeffy on March 17, 2019, 09:33:05 PM
We have flights booked.  My wife and I are coming up the Saturday before to explore a bit.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: brewinhard on March 18, 2019, 12:07:15 AM
Hmmmmm....still undecided as of yet. Most likely will drive if I attend (about 8 hrs away for me). Would really like to go though!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 18, 2019, 12:49:40 AM
I'll be there, I have to go! GC member.

Driving through Canada to see some friends. Then down into Vermont, the seeing friends in NH. Then RI. Return trip through the US, as we will have beer accumulated to take home.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: grod on March 18, 2019, 02:01:04 AM
I'm in too, flights accommodation and registration all taken care of.

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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: mainebrewer on March 18, 2019, 09:57:18 AM
I'm going. It's about a 4.5 hour drive for me.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on March 18, 2019, 12:26:10 PM
I'm going (about 2 hours for me driving) and my club will be pouring at Club Night and probably an Expo session.

Narcourt, you should check flights into Boston (Logan).  Probably some direct flights and cheaper as well.  From Boston, you can catch a train from South Station (commuter rail) to Providence.  The Convention center is about 1/2 mile from the train station.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on March 18, 2019, 12:29:19 PM
I'll be there, I have to go! GC member.

Driving through Canada to see some friends. Then down into Vermont, the seeing friends in NH. Then RI. Return trip through the US, as we will have beer accumulated to take home.

Jeff...what part of NH you coming to?  I can give you some beer suggestions.  Highest concentrations of breweries are on the Seacoast (Portsmouth, Newington, Dover, Somersworth) or Manchester/Derry/Londonderry.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 18, 2019, 01:14:18 PM
I'll be there, I have to go! GC member.

Driving through Canada to see some friends. Then down into Vermont, the seeing friends in NH. Then RI. Return trip through the US, as we will have beer accumulated to take home.

Jeff...what part of NH you coming to?  I can give you some beer suggestions.  Highest concentrations of breweries are on the Seacoast (Portsmouth, Newington, Dover, Somersworth) or Manchester/Derry/Londonderry.

We will be with friends who live in Wolfeboro. A few non beer centric days before the conference will be fine.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: duncan on March 18, 2019, 02:53:46 PM
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It's also super easy getting from Boston to Providence if you fly into Logan. It's about an hour drive if you're not fighting rush hour and an even easier train ride. AND that train line goes right through Canton (Trillium)! I compare it to flying into Denver and having to get to Boulder. See ya all there!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on March 18, 2019, 03:11:34 PM
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from LAX to Providence, which makes taking the redeye even more painful, but I'm doing it anyway.

It's also super easy getting from Boston to Providence if you fly into Logan. It's about an hour drive if you're not fighting rush hour and an even easier train ride. AND that train line goes right through Canton (Trillium)! I compare it to flying into Denver and having to get to Boulder. See ya all there!

Not to mention if you get into Boston early and not in a rush, you can hit Trillium in the Fort Point/Seaport area and Night Shift just opened a new place near Boston Garden on Lovejoy Wharf.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: goose on March 18, 2019, 03:15:54 PM
I will be there as well. Like Jeff, GC member also have to attend.  Will be driving from Ohio.  About 11 hours to get there so leaving a day or so earlier so that we can stop along the way for a few beers and an overnight stay. It is a bit hard on Sue to drive the whole thing in one day.

FYI, the last time I had to fly to Providence, I went through Boston Logan.  But I feel you pain flying from the West Coast.

Hope to see you all there!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: narcout on March 18, 2019, 04:59:35 PM
Narcourt, you should check flights into Boston (Logan).  Probably some direct flights and cheaper as well.  From Boston, you can catch a train from South Station (commuter rail) to Providence.  The Convention center is about 1/2 mile from the train station.

Good idea, I'll look into it.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I lived in Medford/Somerville for four years, but I haven't been back to Boston in a very long time.

This year they're going to be held in conference rooms, rather than the social club where everything kind of got lost.

If that's the case, can we make sure there is some beer available in that conference room? 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on March 18, 2019, 05:08:45 PM
Narcourt, you should check flights into Boston (Logan).  Probably some direct flights and cheaper as well.  From Boston, you can catch a train from South Station (commuter rail) to Providence.  The Convention center is about 1/2 mile from the train station.

Good idea, I'll look into it.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I lived in Medford/Somerville for four years, but I haven't been back to Boston in a very long time.

This year they're going to be held in conference rooms, rather than the social club where everything kind of got lost.

If that's the case, can we make sure there is some beer available in that conference room?

I'll mention it to the AHA.  Hopefully the people attending the meet up will bring some, too.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on March 20, 2019, 12:43:12 PM
The most important question that hasn't been asked yet...where is it going to be next year? ;)  Is it too early to ask this?

I read a article that said Cleveland was in the running, but that was a couple years ago.  Hopefully the date is kept the same as the last couple years.  I like having it at the end of June and my son graduates High School next year earlier in June.

And oh...Happy First Day of Spring!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Robert on March 20, 2019, 01:04:30 PM
Cleveland?!  Hey, I think I just might be able to make it there for a session or two... ;D
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: goose on March 20, 2019, 01:27:39 PM
The most important question that hasn't been asked yet...where is it going to be next year? ;)  Is it too early to ask this?

I read a article that said Cleveland was in the running, but that was a couple years ago.  Hopefully the date is kept the same as the last couple years.  I like having it at the end of June and my son graduates High School next year earlier in June.

And oh...Happy First Day of Spring!

Cleveland is still on the short list for a future conference.  However, to hold the conference there, we need to amend the Ohio Liquor Law which currently says nothing about transporting and serving of homebrewed beer, etc.  The problem is that the Ohio Dept of Liquor Control (ODL) considers the transportation and serving of untaxed alcoholic beverages at something like Homebrew Con to be a violation of the open container provisions of the law.  When the conference was held in Cincinnati in 2008, the AHA needed to obtain a special permit to hold the conference there which is no longer a given.
Long story short, I have been working with State Legislators in Ohio and the AHA for the last couple years to try to get the liquor law amended so that it agrees with the federal law that legalized homebrewing in 1979 and permits the transportation and serving of these beverages at things like Homebrew Con.  But as you all know, changing a government law moves slower than a snail's pace.  I am hoping we can get something done on this issue during the current year. KYFC
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Robert on March 20, 2019, 01:43:51 PM
Good work, and good luck, Goose!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 20, 2019, 01:46:59 PM
Cleveland?!  Hey, I think I just might be able to make it there for a session or two... ;D

That would fit the general scheduling pattern since ‘12:

Bellevue - West Coast
Phil - NE
Grand Rapids - Northern Mid West
San Diego - West Coast
Baltimore - NE
Minn - Northern Mid West
Portland - West Coast
Rhode Island - NE
 ?? - Northern Mid West



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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 20, 2019, 02:35:52 PM
Cleveland?!  Hey, I think I just might be able to make it there for a session or two... ;D

That would fit the general scheduling pattern since ‘12:

Bellevue - West Coast
Phil - NE
Grand Rapids - Northern Mid West
San Diego - West Coast
Baltimore - NE
Minn - Northern Mid West
Portland - West Coast
Rhode Island - NE
 ?? - Northern Mid West



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Before Bellvue it was in San Diego. Gary Glass has stated they the policy now is East, Middle, Wast. That moves the conference around in a way that many AHA members can go to a conference not too far away.

One thing Gary also defined was "Middle", which could be anywhere from Pittsburgh to Denver.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 20, 2019, 04:52:34 PM

One thing Gary also defined was "Middle", which could be anywhere from Pittsburgh to Denver.

I believe that criteria needs to be expanded to include 25% of the country it now eliminates.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 20, 2019, 07:39:41 PM

One thing Gary also defined was "Middle", which could be anywhere from Pittsburgh to Denver.

I believe that criteria needs to be expanded to include 25% of the country it now eliminates.


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Well, I take it to mean the middle part, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and border with Mexico.

Pointed out in the other thread that Austin was in the running one year, until the TX laws shot that down.


Title: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 20, 2019, 08:28:56 PM
Well being considered once in over a decade ought to do it.  LOL

Have you seen this? https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/aha-infographic/

Still wanna talk about once in over a decade? ...and most people being able to attend?  Really?

I stand corrected. I did get my locales mixed up.

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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 20, 2019, 09:00:57 PM
Well being considered once in over a decade ought to do it.  LOL

Have you seen this? https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/aha-infographic/

Still wanna talk about once in over a decade? ...and most people being able to attend?  Really?

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Austin was the case I had heard about. Were there more? I don't know. I do think Atlanta, Tampa, and New Orleans would be good host cities if all of the Ducks could fall in a row.

From my personal wishes, Utah would be great. All of the hiking and rafting I love to do. It is Utah, so not a snowball's chance there.

Im not going to argue over this, I don't control it.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 20, 2019, 09:30:02 PM
I don’t mean to be argumentative and realize I get a bit harsh when it comes to what I perceive as a huge block of a national organization not being given a fair shake. I stand corrected and I apologize Jeff.

I guess I just don’t understand the process or who controls it.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on March 20, 2019, 09:42:10 PM
I don’t mean to be argumentative and realize I get a bit harsh when it comes to what I perceive as a huge block of a national organization not being given a fair shake. I stand corrected and I apologize Jeff.

I guess I just don’t understand the process or who controls it.


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I think that's been pretty well covered in the other thread.  Are there any other specifics we might be able to get answers for?
Title: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 20, 2019, 10:44:43 PM
Please disregard.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: mabrungard on March 20, 2019, 11:49:41 PM
Brewbama, you will be happier in about 3 months.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 21, 2019, 12:10:32 AM
Brewbama, you will be happier in about 3 months.

Thank you Martin.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 21, 2019, 01:24:29 AM
Brewbama, you will be happier in about 3 months.

Thank you Martin.


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Martin expressed what I was not going to say.

Edit. If you are that passioate about getting more HombrewCons in your area, here is my $0.02. Get the laws lined up for it to happen. You and others in Alabama are the ones to make it happen. The AHA has experience and will assist. Contact your local convention center, Tourism Office, and so on, and ask if they would host. The AHA has data and feedback from past conference locations that will help. Get all of your local clubs on board. Lots of good breweries down there will get behind you.

See you in AL in the future.

Edit again.

The Grand Rapids HomebrewCon happened because Chris Frey and Fred Bonjour worked hard to make it happen. An AHA member named Doug Geiss was a State Representative, and he wrote the Bill that had the language to allow it. Many clubs in Michigan were involved.

You can do it.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: goose on March 21, 2019, 01:31:49 PM
Brewbama, you will be happier in about 3 months.

Thank you Martin.


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Martin expressed what I was not going to say.

Edit. If you are that passioate about getting more HombrewCons in your area, here is my $0.02. Get the laws lined up for it to happen. You and others in Alabama are the ones to make it happen. The AHA has experience and will assist. Contact your local convention center, Tourism Office, and so on, and ask if they would host. The AHA has data and feedback from past conference locations that will help. Get all of your local clubs on board. Lots of good breweries down there will get behind you.

See you in AL in the future.

Edit again.

The Grand Rapids HomebrewCon happened because Chris Frey and Fred Bonjour worked hard to make it happen. An AHA member named Doug Geiss was a State Representative, and he wrote the Bill that had the language to allow it. Many clubs in Michigan were involved.

You can do it.

What Jeff said.

To add one more thing, the Government Affairs Subcommittee of the AHA, on which I sit, can provide guidance for starting the process of getting laws changed to allow things like Homebrew Con to happen in your state.  I used them to start work on legislation I previously mentioned in Ohio.  Your dues help the AHA provide these resources.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on March 21, 2019, 02:38:56 PM
I didn’t ask for it to come to AL. I asked for it to come to the South. It’s not about me. I didn’t list an AL city for that reason. It’s about the 26% you guys are leaving out.

Like I said — disregard. You guys do your thing.

Cheers!


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: goose on March 21, 2019, 03:39:02 PM
I didn’t ask for it to come to AL. I asked for it to come to the South. It’s not about me. I didn’t list an AL city for that reason. It’s about the 26% you guys are leaving out.

Like I said — disregard. You guys do your thing.

Cheers!


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Your point is valid, Brewbama. We will no doubt discuss this at our annual meeting.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on March 21, 2019, 03:57:54 PM
Sorry to sidetrack this thread.


So....who else is going and thinks it's going to be a long 3 months? :)
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 21, 2019, 04:23:09 PM
Sorry to sidetrack this thread.


So....who else is going and thinks it's going to be a long 3 months? :)

Time will fly for me, we've got some travel planned in between
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Jeff Zesch on March 26, 2019, 07:18:17 AM
Anyway some one can list the states where it is prohibitive to have the conference? 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: rob_f on April 02, 2019, 04:47:17 PM
I'll going with a lot of folks from my club.  Six to seven hour drive with many $$$ of tolls.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: MattyAHA on April 02, 2019, 05:14:19 PM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on April 02, 2019, 05:33:34 PM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?

As in NYC?  Doubtful since it's so expensive.  White Plains, maybe or an area like that.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: MattyAHA on April 02, 2019, 06:42:33 PM
yeah it is very expensive , maybe long island one day or in that neck of the woods, i can only hope
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 02, 2019, 08:54:55 PM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?

Who knows?  Are there clubs in NY that want to make it happen? 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 03, 2019, 03:57:18 AM
This!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: MattyAHA on April 03, 2019, 04:13:20 AM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?

Who knows?  Are there clubs in NY that want to make it happen?
unfortunately not that i know of, i have no clue about any brew clubs in my area or the NYC area, but  i hope one HBC happens within at least a state or 2 away cause im a broke butthead and cant afford travelling, but have a dream of attending a HBC, oneday matty oneday 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on April 03, 2019, 11:27:39 AM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?


Who knows?  Are there clubs in NY that want to make it happen?
unfortunately not that i know of, i have no clue about any brew clubs in my area or the NYC area, but  i hope one HBC happens within at least a state or 2 away cause im a broke butthead and cant afford travelling, but have a dream of attending a HBC, oneday matty oneday 
RI is only 2 states away.  NY->CT->RI :)
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Robert on April 03, 2019, 01:22:29 PM



RI is only 2 states away.  NY->CT->RI :)

Matty's on Long Island.  If he's a good swimmer it's only 1 state away.  ;D
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 03, 2019, 02:33:09 PM
dont mean to get off topic, but will there be a homebrew con in NY ever?

Who knows?  Are there clubs in NY that want to make it happen?
unfortunately not that i know of, i have no clue about any brew clubs in my area or the NYC area, but  i hope one HBC happens within at least a state or 2 away cause im a broke butthead and cant afford travelling, but have a dream of attending a HBC, oneday matty oneday

Given that we try to move it around, RI is likely the closest you'll see for a while.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on April 03, 2019, 02:56:16 PM
In the spirit of transparency, it might help if the criteria and/or process used to decide where the conference is held could be published openly so the conspiracy theory of a handful of entrenched insiders gathered in a ‘smoke filled room’ to toss a coin is eliminated. 


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 03, 2019, 03:04:29 PM
In the spirit of transparency, it might help if the criteria and/or process used to decide where the conference is held could be published openly so the conspiracy theory of a handful of entrenched insiders gathered in a ‘smoke filled room’ to toss a coin is eliminated. 


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I thought it as pretty well explained in this thread. In a nutshell, we look for an area we haven't been in recently.  We look to see if there is a facility there for the correct priceat the right time of year.  We look to see if there are clubs there who want to organize it.  We look to see if liquor laws allow it.  If all of those come together, becomes a possibility. 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on April 03, 2019, 03:32:17 PM
Explained fairly well — yes. Published decision making criteria — none that anyone can point the members to.

Something happens when criteria is written down, published, and followed.  It puts everyone on the same page — not just the small group who makes the call. It is after all an organization of members.


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 03, 2019, 05:33:28 PM
Explained fairly well — yes. Published decision making criteria — none that anyone can point the members to.

Something happens when criteria is written down, published, and followed.  It puts everyone on the same page — not just the small group who makes the call. It is after all an organization of members.


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I don't see why that can't happen, although I don't have final say. I assume Gary and Jeff are still following this thread.  We have a GC conference call next week and I'll see if I can get it added to the agenda.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on April 03, 2019, 06:49:03 PM
I appreciate you bringing it up.




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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 03, 2019, 07:06:36 PM
Explained fairly well — yes. Published decision making criteria — none that anyone can point the members to.

Something happens when criteria is written down, published, and followed.  It puts everyone on the same page — not just the small group who makes the call. It is after all an organization of members.


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I don't see why that can't happen, although I don't have final say. I assume Gary and Jeff are still following this thread.  We have a GC conference call next week and I'll see if I can get it added to the agenda.

It would be a good topic, Denny.

Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: brian_welch on April 05, 2019, 12:30:28 PM
Anyway some one can list the states where it is prohibitive to have the conference?

Any chance we can get an answer to this question?  I think it would help motivate some clubs.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: mabrungard on April 05, 2019, 12:54:04 PM
Anyway some one can list the states where it is prohibitive to have the conference?

Any chance we can get an answer to this question?  I think it would help motivate some clubs.

Interesting thought. While I’m not sure there is a list, I’m betting that the AHA events planning staff has some semblance of a list.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on April 05, 2019, 01:05:11 PM
Anyway some one can list the states where it is prohibitive to have the conference?

Any chance we can get an answer to this question?  I think it would help motivate some clubs.

Interesting thought. While I’m not sure there is a list, I’m betting that the AHA events planning staff has some semblance of a list.

Such a list could energize grass roots efforts to petition representatives for a change in legislation.  Free the Hops!


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Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: grod on April 06, 2019, 06:16:34 AM
HIJACK,

Sorry guys, but I see that there are two threads for HomebrewCon on the forum.  I play nicely and would like to share my Providence Biltmore room with anyone attending the conference.  Link to the other thread below.

If you are interested (well more interested and committed than my mate that bailed, no problem with his legitimate reasons) send me an email grod5@tpg.com.au 

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=33121.0

love

g
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 10, 2019, 05:49:07 PM
Wanted to throw this out there...Experimental Brewing is co-hosting at party with Country Malt Group at HBC in Providence on Wed. night before the conference starts.  There will be buses running from the convention center to the brewery where the party is being held.  More info soon, but save the date!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: a10t2 on April 10, 2019, 07:28:55 PM
It took me a while to process, but should "competing" be "cohosting"?
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on April 10, 2019, 07:46:42 PM
It took me a while to process, but should "competing" be "cohosting"?

I hope not...I want to see a Cage Match!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: theDarkSide on April 10, 2019, 07:49:10 PM
There will be buses running from the convention center to the brewery where the party is being held. 

Please be Proclamation Brewing! 
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 10, 2019, 08:54:51 PM
It took me a while to process, but should "competing" be "cohosting"?

You're correct!  I was posting from my tablet while waiting to see if I was called for jury duty.  Autocorrect!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 10, 2019, 08:55:16 PM
There will be buses running from the convention center to the brewery where the party is being held. 

Please be Proclamation Brewing!

Nope....Isle Brewing Guild
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on April 10, 2019, 08:55:47 PM
It took me a while to process, but should "competing" be "cohosting"?

I hope not...I want to see a Cage Match!

You wish!  :)
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Kiki D on April 12, 2019, 11:42:47 PM
Hi new member. I didn't see a forum for introductions, but I wanted to say that I will be attending Homebrew Con this year as well!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: grod on April 13, 2019, 05:39:55 AM
Kiki D,

Hope to see you there and I'm sure you will enjoy the experience.  No matter if you are into brewing or just like craft beer you are sure to have a great time, and thats before you even consider meeting a great bunch of folk.

love

g
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Kiki D on April 13, 2019, 10:57:16 PM
Kiki D,

Hope to see you there and I'm sure you will enjoy the experience.  No matter if you are into brewing or just like craft beer you are sure to have a great time, and thats before you even consider meeting a great bunch of folk.

love

g

Thanks! I'll be the crazy woman running around asking far too many questions!

I'm a beginner brewer- I have 3 batches (independently) under my belt, and have assisted my fiance' loads of times. He is a terrific brewer.

I'm wicked excited to expand my skillset and learn more at the Con. Since we are going with my fiance's brew club, I have been challenged by him to brew a new recipe to keg & bring. 

I also work with seniors, and will be brewing a kit with them this summer for our Oktoberfest party.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 13, 2019, 11:06:43 PM
Kiki D,

Hope to see you there and I'm sure you will enjoy the experience.  No matter if you are into brewing or just like craft beer you are sure to have a great time, and thats before you even consider meeting a great bunch of folk.

love

g

Thanks! I'll be the crazy woman running around asking far too many questions!

I'm a beginner brewer- I have 3 batches (independently) under my belt, and have assisted my fiance' loads of times. He is a terrific brewer.

I'm wicked excited to expand my skillset and learn more at the Con. Since we are going with my fiance's brew club, I have been challenged by him to brew a new recipe to keg & bring. 

I also work with seniors, and will be brewing a kit with them this summer for our Oktoberfest party.

+1 for working and brewing with the Seniors. Hey, I'm technically in that group now.

If you see any of the Forum people around, say hi. Everyone at the conference will talk about beer and brewing.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Wilbur on May 15, 2019, 06:51:50 PM
I had a bit of trouble figuring out the sessions and prioritizing which ones to go to so I made a table. I think I have everything in the right location, but I can fix it if I don't. Hopefully this is helpful.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zv0LShZxdpSBQWFNR1uYo6rSIHCdk7xvcLzLvtrUXJo/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zv0LShZxdpSBQWFNR1uYo6rSIHCdk7xvcLzLvtrUXJo/edit?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: santoch on May 16, 2019, 05:02:47 AM
My request is please don't schedule any talks during the award ceremony.
I thought Ted got shafted on that last year.

Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 16, 2019, 11:40:11 AM
My request is please don't schedule any talks during the award ceremony.
I thought Ted got shafted on that last year.

There are talks scheduled. Joe Formanek is giving one I am interested in, but I also have a dog in the show, so I the award ceremony be will win out.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: Wilbur on May 16, 2019, 04:16:12 PM
My request is please don't schedule any talks during the award ceremony.
I thought Ted got shafted on that last year.

There are talks scheduled. Joe Formanek is giving one I am interested in, but I also have a dog in the show, so I the award ceremony be will win out.

I didn't even think about that, that's huge bummer. There's a session on beekeeping I was hoping to go to. I started earlier this year and was hoping to get a meadmaker/brewers perspective. I see that the Award Ceremony is from 2-4, any idea what the breakdown looks like for that? I've got a beer in 30A (Herb Spice & Vegetable), any chance I could hit up beekeeping and make it in time for the announcements? Is it kosher to come in a bit late?
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on May 16, 2019, 04:40:43 PM
My request is please don't schedule any talks during the award ceremony.
I thought Ted got shafted on that last year.

There are talks scheduled. Joe Formanek is giving one I am interested in, but I also have a dog in the show, so I the award ceremony be will win out.

I didn't even think about that, that's huge bummer. There's a session on beekeeping I was hoping to go to. I started earlier this year and was hoping to get a meadmaker/brewers perspective. I see that the Award Ceremony is from 2-4, any idea what the breakdown looks like for that? I've got a beer in 30A (Herb Spice & Vegetable), any chance I could hit up beekeeping and make it in time for the announcements? Is it kosher to come in a bit late?

Of course it's time to come late, but there's no way or knowing what will be happening when.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 16, 2019, 06:35:32 PM
My request is please don't schedule any talks during the award ceremony.
I thought Ted got shafted on that last year.

There are talks scheduled. Joe Formanek is giving one I am interested in, but I also have a dog in the show, so I the award ceremony be will win out.

I didn't even think about that, that's huge bummer. There's a session on beekeeping I was hoping to go to. I started earlier this year and was hoping to get a meadmaker/brewers perspective. I see that the Award Ceremony is from 2-4, any idea what the breakdown looks like for that? I've got a beer in 30A (Herb Spice & Vegetable), any chance I could hit up beekeeping and make it in time for the announcements? Is it kosher to come in a bit late?

They have always made a few announcements, given stats on entries and participants, and so on. It has always started with category 1 and gone up. 30 might just be OK, I have never timed it.

If you know some one at the conference, have them give you a text at cat 25.

If The Brewing Network is broadcasting, follow it on your phone(if there is connectivity) run over a little before cat 30.
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: denny on May 16, 2019, 07:11:25 PM
A reminder about a couple things Drew and I are involved with at the conference....Wed. night there's a free party from 6-11 PM at Isle Brewers, sponsored by Country Malt Group Homebrew Division (formerly Brewcraft), Isle and us.  There will buses running running from the convention center to the party every 10 min. from 6-10.  Beer, food and a live band.  Thursday we'll be doing a seminar based on Simple Homebrewing, followed by a book signing.  On Fri. afternoon from 2-4 PM we'll be recording a LIVE podcast at Booth 307 (CMG again).  Stop by, say hi, try to stump us with a question  And on Sat. from noon-2PM we'll be at the Wyeast booth for general wackiness.  Hope to see you at one or all of them!
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: garyg on May 17, 2019, 08:04:42 PM
Okay, so here's a rough list of the things that we consider when choosing locations for future Homebrew Cons.  The top three are must-haves.  The others will vary in importance and aren't in any specific order.  I'm probably leaving some things out that I'm just not thinking about right now, but this is a pretty comprehensive list.

•   Must be in a state where we can clearly, legally have homebrew served to attendees.
•   Need a venue that can hold 3000+ attendees, 6 simultaneous educational sessions, competition judging, an expo hall that can accommodate 80+ exhibitors, event space for Kickoff Party and Club Night (reception for 3000+).
•   Need available dates for Thurs-Sat during the last three weeks of June.
•   Cost of the venue (space rental, catering minimums/pricing, labor costs, A/V costs, decorating costs, etc)
•   Cost of transportation for attendees, particularly hotel room rates
•   Since 2012, we have tried to rotate the conference between, East/Middle/West.  There is no specific territorial borders here, just roughly trying to keep the conference moving across the country.
•   Have members from this area expressed interest in having Homebrew Con in their area?
•   Accessibility of the location (both for attendees who are driving and those who fly to the conference)
•   Desirability of the location – will members want to travel to get to this destination?  (We survey members about potential locations)
•   Governing Committee feedback
•   Has a previous conference been held in this location recently?
•   Is the venue willing to work with our chef?
•   Local population density
•   AHA membership density
•   Active local homebrewing community
•   Local beer scene
•   Local restaurants/food options
•   Other events in the area around the time of the conference dates that might enhance/hinder attendance
Title: Re: Homebrew Con 2019
Post by: BrewBama on May 17, 2019, 08:51:28 PM
That is a very comprehensive list Gary. It definitely sheds light on an otherwise obscure decision making process. I for one appreciate you putting this together for general membership knowledge. It appears to be a fairly complex set of criteria and at least we now know the level of pain you guys go thru for this event. An unenviable task to be sure.

Thank you and the team for what you all do for our organization!  Cheers!


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