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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.

Events / Re: post-NHC/homebrewcon Qs
« on: August 23, 2017, 04:35:34 PM »
Thanks for pointing this out- and thanks for alerting me, free folk of the forum!

There was a problem with the file source. I'm not sure what the issue was, but it's been replaced with the correct file. Sorry about that. Let me know if you run into any more issues like this.

Also - apologies on the delay in posting these. We transitioned to a new format for these seminar recordings, which includes video (we hope you like it!). As you can imagine, the editing process for these was a tiny bit more involved than it was in previous years.


Events / Re: GABF 2017 Presale codes
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:27:41 PM »
This goes for anyone who sees this, and did not receive their GABF ticket AHA member pre-sale code. Shoot me an email with your AHA member number, and I'll get you taken care of:
P 303.447.0816 x 184
Direct: 720.473.7696

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Con Seminar Cheat Sheet
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:46:55 PM »
Howdy all - I've seen someone put a file like this together the last few years, and figured I would save them the time/trouble and just do it myself. If you're going to HBC this week, here's a sort of 'cheat sheet' for all of the educational sessions that are being given in Minneapolis:

Or, you can look at this Google Sheet (it's non-editable):

-This does not show any Homebrew Industry Only seminars
-All seminars given at 2pm on Thursday are repeated. Repeated seminars are highlighted beige (ish?)
-Several meetings and Meet & Greets are listed on here, too
-This doe not have any BJCP events, or anything scheduled in the Homebrew Expo

I encourage everyone to download the app for the full conference overview. I just know that several people have commented that these sheets have made navigating the seminars much more manageable.

Thanks, all! See you later this week!

The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:21:19 PM »
Hi Phil -

This is all great feedback for us, and I appreciate the time you put in to offer it. We're constantly working to develop new ways to bring you homebrewing knowledge, while also working to promote the hobby to new members.

I'd like to point to the new webinar program as an example of one of the ways that the AHA is providing more technical homebrewing information. We had a Dr. Matthew Bochman, a professor from Indiana University present last week on his experiments while mapping the sour beer microbiome in the mash. If you know of a topic that interests you, I'd be happy to line up a presenter who can shed some light on the subject. Send me an email:

I would also be interested in finding out where you live, so that we can work to grow the member deals program in your area. We've added well over 600 new locations in the last 2 years, and have been focusing on getting business participating in areas that don't yet offer the discounts.

I hope that you will reconsider renewing your AHA membership!


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator


I sent a message to the Portland Mashing Maineiacs Facebook page, in case they don't have anyone on this forum.

Excellent! Thanks!

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