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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 / 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:


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!

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.

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!

General Homebrew Discussion / Portland Homebrewers: Media Request
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:46:24 PM »
Hello Portland and Bangor, Maine Homebrewers,

A writer with a Maine daily newspaper is interested in doing a piece about homebrewing and the upcoming AHA rally at Shipyard Brewing.

The writer wants to speak with a couple homebrewers with especially interesting gear, brewing methods or novel approaches to homebrewing.

Do any of you have some interesting details you’d be willing to share with this writer? If so, please email Marty Jones at, or Matt Bolling at


Homebrew Clubs / Club Connection e-newsletter has launched!
« on: January 13, 2017, 12:02:48 AM »
Hi all -

The AHA Clubs Subcommittee recently launched our new Clubs Connection e-newsletter. This will hit your club's registered e-mail address every 6-8 weeks with content focused on helping your club officer's grow membership and participation in your homebrew club. Each letter will also have suggested homebrewing topics for your next club's meeting.

This newsletter was launched in November, and the second edition was mailed earlier this week. If your club officer did not receive it, we urge you to update your club's contact information using the link below:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

With the holiday season quickly approaching - the AHA wants to help elevate your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner... (or even your post-Halloween leftover candy binge) by teaching you about how to pair beer and food! Director Julia Herz will join me in the next Zymurgy Live for an interactive conversation on the state of craft beer, why understanding the beer marketplace is critical in pairing, and how you can pair your beer to fit into your holiday meals. Come prepared with a sour beer & a pickle, as well as some blue cheese & an American IPA for a pairing exercise.

We'd like to answer your questions about anything from the craft beer industry to beer tasting and pairing. So submit your questions here ahead of time, and we'll answer them in the live webinar!

Tune in next Thursday, November 10 at 7pm ET, 6pm CT!

Thanks, all!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

The 2017 AHA Homebrew Con is June 15-17 in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 28, 2016.

The American Homebrewers Association welcomes presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations at the conference. This year’s conference is meant to present ideas to keep the modern brewer at the forefront of homebrewing, mead-making, and cider-making.

Presentations are expected to be 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q & A.

Guidelines and Requirements

Please review the presentation guidelines before submitting your proposal:

Submit your Homebrew Con seminar proposal here:

Any inquiries can be directed to Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Howdy Forumites!

Our next Zymurgy Live webinar will be this Wednesday at 7pm MT, 6pm CT. We're really excited to be sitting down with renowned beer expert and author, Randy Mosher, to talk about Tasting Beer. Space is limited and spots are filling quickly, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

If you have any questions you would like to post here in advance for Randy to cover in the presentation - please do so!

See you all on Wednesday!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Hi All -

If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and received an email recently from the AHA announcing the addition of EJ Phair Brewing Co Taproom & Pizzeria as a new AHA Member Deal and you were a little bit confused... That's because EJ Phair Brewing Co is in Pittsburgh, CA. Obviously, I made a typo - and I apologize for any confusion.

However, we do have lots of great new member deals in the Pittsburgh, PA area! Check them all out here:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Hi AHA Forum members -

This is a recycled post to remind you all that starting Monday, August 1, Household Membership dues to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) will see a modest increase. For more details, please follow the link below:

Be sure to join or renew today to secure current pricing for household members!


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

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