A few words
The 2014 NHC will be held in the DeVos center in Grand Rapids. We have the entire center as I currently understand it so we have a lot of space.
The Lottery. A lot of thought went into this for the competition and the conference. I believe you will see all Brewers Association events moving this way. Why? First and foremost, most ticket agencies can handle 10,000 requests in an hour, in the first 30 seconds --- No. There will be no advantage to entering your request in the first hour. Take your time, but also don't enter your request in the last half hour. IMHO it is unfair to favor members that can be entering data into 10+ computers and hitting them as often and as quick as you can. My hope is that we will not have to actually enter the "lottery" phase of buying tickets for the NHC. Good luck to all. You can blame me as a member of the Governing committee for this. After a lot of discussion and input from AHA members this is the direction we decided to take to be fair to all. As usual we will evaluate how well this worked and evaluate changes (if needed) for future events.
New this year is that all guests MUST be AHA members. This can be a household membership which is (I believe) currently $22. My wife wants to come so I have purchased this membership for her.
Last year, despite all the early problems, everyone that had expressed an interest in attending was given the opportunity. The AHA refused no one to the current largest conference to date, Philly. Offering more admissions, it is our hope that everyone that applies can attend.
Pro-Brewers. The welcome reception you all know about. We are trying to spread the Pro's out throughout the conference and details are not finalized.
Thursday night on-the-town. We have our Local Committee Staff working on that to ensure you can enjoy Beer City's hospitality.
Pre-Events: We have some awesome tours in the process of being scheduled. Bell's, Founders, plus many others. Oh, and does anyone out there like sour beers? . . . . . . . .