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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Question about starting a Hombrew Club in VA
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:07:04 PM »
This topic came up a few years ago, and there were some great suggestions on this thread:

Some highlighted suggestions were:

Partner with other local community-involved groups (American Legion posts/Elks lodges, etc)
Meet at a club member's (non-brewery/restaurant) private business after hours (car dealerships, etc)
Homebrew club member's residence
Farms (yes - one club meets in a barn, and it looks awesome)

« on: July 09, 2018, 02:27:59 PM »
Hi all - we'll have about 2-3 weeks of post-event processing for those videos. I don't have a status update as of yet, but they will hopefully be up soon! Thanks!

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Poster presentations
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:09:34 PM »
The current poster presentation schedule is as follows:

"Poster Presentation Schedule
All posters will be stationed in the Social Club. Presenters will be available to answer questions from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm on the day(s) indicated below.

Applying Heat Treatment to Honey

Brewing Science and Quality Control Testing
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Finding Time to Brew
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Go Out on a Limb: That's Where the Fruit is
Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Hard or Soft? The Craft Revolution Hits the Soda Space
Friday & Saturday

Homebrewing in Palestine/Israel: a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Debunked

The Impact of Water Disinfection on Homebrewing

Lacto Fermentation, Food and Beer

The Power, Politics and Religion of Beer and Wine

The Umami Factor: Full-Spectrum Fermentation
Friday & Saturday"

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: food optipns
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:08:22 PM »
The convention center has a few in-house places for food (pizza, sandwiches, etc):

The options surrounding the OCC are fairly limited, so I would highly recommend picking up a Trimet pass so that you can easily get to downtown Portland:

Hi all -

The Hilton, Hyatt House, Jupiter, and Hotel Rose have all extended the cut-off day for discounted rates until tomorrow, Friday June 8. If you're traveling to Portland later this month, please be sure to make your lodging reservations soon!

Classifieds / Casting Call: The Great American Baking Show
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:04:05 PM »
Hi all -

I received a call from the casting producer of The Great American Baking Show this afternoon. They're looking for contestants for the show, and given the common crossover of the beer & culinary worlds, they were hoping to get in contact with members of the homebrewing community. If you, or anyone you know is interested, feel free to contact them directly:

Matthew Nakamura
Casting Producer, The Great American Baking Show
Love Productions USA
o: 213-943-3893
c: 619-227-2988

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Insurance Program Questions
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:44:39 PM »
Is this still something that is offered?
Yes, it is! The open enrollment period will be 7/1/2018 - 8/31/2018.

This will cover the club 9/1/2018 - 9/1/2019.

Feel free to email me with any questions:


Homebrew Clubs / Radegast Club of the Year Nomination Deadline is 3/31
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:23:57 PM »
Hi all -

The Radegast Club of the Year is awarded at Homebrew Con every year to the club that makes exceptional impacts in their community, and efforts to further the homebrewing hobby locally. Formerly known as the 'Awesome Club of Awesomeness Award', this club sets themselves apart through brewing & teaching, and philanthropic efforts within the homebrewing world, and beyond.

The winning club is awarded $500 to do use as they see fit, and $500 is awarded to the club's charity-of-choice.

The deadline to nominate your club is March 31, 2018. To find out more info, and to nominate your club, please follow the link below:


Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: App
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:14:42 PM »
The app will be updated about a month before the conference. If you have it downloaded, the new info for 2018 will automatically populate when we publish the update.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:20:11 PM »
I'll be there. Didn't see any pre-conference events yet. Thinking I might start my own, drinking with Mike. ;)

There are some pre-conference tours that are being organized by Brewvana. You should have received a link to book one in your confirmation email. They will be listed on that 'week events' page next week. That page fills up with events submitted by any brewery/business around town. I know that there is a lot planned, but getting folks to register their event on that page is surprisingly tricky! Thanks for the heads up.

Here's a link to the pre-conference tours:

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Homebrew Con Registration is Open!
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:02:04 PM »
Registration for the 40th annual Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) is now open!

Homebrew Con website:
Registration portal:

Let's take roll call! Who will we see in Portland, June 28 - 30?

If you've been to Homebrew Con before - tell me here what made it so awesome for you! Sound off, forumites!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Assistance with Club Directory on AHA Website
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:23:18 PM »
Hi Joe - we've updated our club database to include the record you were adding. Sorry about the delay.

Good luck to you and your club members in the NHC this year!

Also - if anyone else needs to update their club's information, or add a club - feel free to fill out the form on the website:

Hi all –

The deadline to submit a seminar proposal for Homebrew Con 2018 is Monday, December 18.

Homebrew Con will take place June 28 – 30 in Portland, Oregon. The educational seminars at the conference are typically 45-50 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for Q+A at the end. We would welcome proposals from homebrewers, professional brewers, allied trade members, and beer educators & bloggers, as well as anyone with a relevant topic.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Events / Call for 2018 Homebrew Con Seminar Proposals
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:29:51 PM »
The 40th annual Homebrew Con will take place in Portland, OR, June 28 - 30, 2018. This year's Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) will feature over 60 educational seminars from homebrewers and craft brewers all over the country.

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) invites you to submit a topic for consideration. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, December 18. Seminar proposals will be reviewed by the AHA Governing Committee and the Homebrew Con Portland local committee. Confirmed speakers will be notified in mid-January.

Homebrew Con 2018 Call for Seminar Proposals

For more information, contact Matt Bolling:, 720-473-7696

Homebrew Clubs / Club Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline is Sept. 1
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:25:39 PM »
Hi everyone - this is a reminder that the deadline to sign your homebrew club up for general & liquor liability insurance is Friday, September 1.

More info:

The AHA-facilitated insurance option provides participating clubs with general liability insurance and liquor liability insurance ($1 million/occurrence; $3 million aggregate) that collectively covers both club meetings and club-sponsored events for up to 1,000 attendees—all at a cost to the club of just $3.50 per club member.

To learn more and/or to enroll as a club, please visit West’s Insurance.

AHA Funded Premium Reimbursement
Clubs that demonstrate an AHA membership rate of 75% or more are eligible to have their insurance premium payments reimbursed by the AHA. If at least 75% of your club’s members are also AHA members, we will issue a check to reimburse your club’s insurance premium after September 1.

Email Jenny Caldwell, a designated representative at West’s Insurance, or  phone (847-623-0456) for insurance inquiries, or contact me for questions regarding AHA membership in your club.

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