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Events / Re: 2017 NHC Date and Location.
« on: June 12, 2016, 01:32:10 PM »
Is it safe to assume that the 2017 NHC will be held at the convention center.

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Events / Free State Homebrew Guild at Craft Beer Kickoff
« on: June 03, 2016, 03:24:40 PM »
I'm confused by the "Free State Homebrew Guild" clubs that will be pouring alongside the pros at the Craft Beer Kickoff party. I don't have a problem with it, of course, but are these actual clubs? Just curious.

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:54:31 AM »
I'd skip the Poe house unless you have lots of free time on your hands... his grave is closer to downtown.

The Poe House doesn't seem that big. Does it take a long time to tour? I think it's only open on the weekends.



It's just not very conveniently located.  I wouldn't walk there, personally.

I'll be taking advantage of Uber that week. It worked great for me in San Diego.

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:51:28 AM »
It is close by Lexington Market, also worth a visit, although it is not in the best of neighborhoods.  It is the oldest operating market in the US I think.

Is the Lexington Market like the Reading Terminal Market in Philly? My wife and I loved that place.

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:48:48 AM »
I'd skip the Poe house unless you have lots of free time on your hands... his grave is closer to downtown.

The Poe House doesn't seem that big. Does it take a long time to tour? I think it's only open on the weekends.

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Events / Re: AHA NHC app
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:53:58 PM »
Automatically updated for me,  Looks great.

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Events / Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 01, 2016, 04:55:47 AM »
I'm trying to strike a balance between conference events and some touristy stuff in Baltimore. These are the places I want to visit:

Aquarium
Fort McHenry
Edgar Alan Poe grave/museum
Babe Ruth Museum

I've been to Camden Yards before and a ball game won't fit into our schedule. Am I missing any other places of interest?

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 22, 2016, 02:25:29 PM »
Is it always the same weekend? My predicament is having to choose vacation for the next year in october.
It has always been in June (unless you go way back) but not the same weekend.
http://www.homebrewcon.org/conference/past-conferences/

We can keep our eye out for the 2017 information that will be published at the conference. Keep you eye out on the 8th or 9th. Someone will post it on the forum.

Those early June dates are always so tough for me to make it. Hard to take off that time of year when you teach 140 kids till the end of June.

Understand totally. My wife and I both were scheduled to work the weekend of June 11-12 and had to sell our souls to go, making double switches with our co-workers because Sunday the 12th is the start point for a new pay period. I have weekends screwed up into August. Problem is that whenever it's scheduled, someone is gonna be inconvenienced.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 22, 2016, 01:46:08 PM »
I would be cool with MN again. The summers are cooler than Philly and Baltimore (aside from the occasional tornado) and it stays daylight longer. However, it would be nicer to have a hotel closer to town. It's a shame nothing could be worked out for Austin. I hear it's a great town.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:09:21 PM »
This will be my 10th conference and I have yet to have a bad dinner experience.

Well...of course, Denny, everyone is on his best behavior around you.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 17, 2016, 10:52:30 AM »
I had a good experience last year at the banquet.  It was my first and only, but it was still positive.  The food was good, there were interesting beer-pairings, and no a-hole was anywhere to be seen.  In fact there were some very interesting people around my wife and me.  BUT, I left after dinner.  I did not stay for all the award stuff.

Glad the banquet experience has worked for others. Everyone at all the conferences I've attended has been exceptionally friendly, except for the one guy my group gets stuck with at a banquet table.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:36:43 AM »
I with you on that one, guido!

I have been thinking about remaining sober on Saturday and driving home after the conference closes.  However, seeing that my hotel room is booked through Saturday night, I may just hang around and do something with other conference attendees who are skipping the banquet.

You paid for the room, might as well use it. Even the AHA recommends that those who aren't directly involved with either an entry in the competition or their club skip the banquet. It's not worth the money; the food is so-so (although it is a tough assignment for a chef to prepare that many meals in a strange setting); you have to wait in line forever to get a seat that's so far away from the podium that you need binoculars; and there's always one absolute a-hole at your table. I won't even go into the whole club of the year completion kerfuffle.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 16, 2016, 05:04:11 AM »
I've had some bad experiences at the banquet. Some friends and I are going for a nice dinner at a brewpub instead.

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Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 17, 2016, 02:38:28 PM »
Are we going to do the forum meetup again this year?

If so, would there be any interest in getting some food and, provided it's not against the rules, some beer?

Maybe get a sixtel of a local micro?

I think it's already on the schedule, maybe for Friday, around 12:30 to 1:30? I have no problem chipping in for some food--and there probably won't be much beer around, so we'll need that, too.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 First Timer Questions
« on: April 10, 2016, 01:52:55 AM »
Drew and I are doing seminars Thur. and Sat. from 2-3 PM.

Your seminars always conflict with another one I really want to see. Glad you're doing two shows.

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