Just curious, the conference was in San Diego a few years ago (was unable to make that one). Have the CA beer laws changed since then to cause this sticky commercial/homebrew situation? I will be at this year's conference and forum meet-up, BTW. I hope some sort of compromise can be worked out.
Yeah, the laws have changed. And in fairness to the AHA, I have discovered that this law was implemented after the conference had been booked. I should have known better, huh? I let my fever (Brazilian crud) and prejudices (favoring homebrew over commercial beer) cloud my thinking. It's an unfortunate situation this year that we'll all deal with one way or another and hope that it doesn't happen in the future.