I'm way late to this party, but after reading through them all I figured I'd add my 2 cents for what it's worth.
First off, I had an absolute blast at the conference. I joined the AHA for the sole purpose of going to the conference. Totally worth it.
I liked the seminars some better than others. Some were too technical for a beginning brewer (which is on me, not the presenters, so no fault to them). The only one I didn't like was the Intro to Experimentation one. And the caveat is I loved the ideas they presented, I hated the WAY they presented it, joking off each other, comedy show, circus side show. Not what I expected from a seminar, but apparently it is those two guys personalities.
Club Night was lackluster to me as well, but in all honesty I wasn't that excited about club night. I know it's a homebrew conference, but I was excited to try all the San Diego local beers that we can't get even as close as Oregon, like Modern Times, Lost Abbey, Pizza Port etc etc. Walking around Club Night and it seems like every other beer is a Rhubarb and Pluot Imperial Sour Saison with Brett at 12% ABV and it's like "What the....." Plus being the night after the night before, I called it pretty early on Club Night.
The food choices AT the conference were abysmal. We ventured out into the city and found some stuff that was incredible, like a steak and shrimp burrito that was only 6 bucks. Also, that place was a freaking maze, having never been there and for the first day I couldn't find anything. Finally figured it out the second and third day. I stayed at the Best Western across the street, which was surprisingly nice and 50$ a night cheaper than at the town and country. I would have been loathe to pay that much for what sounds like an awful room. I'd love to have the conference in San Diego again, but maybe a different location this time?
I loved the banquet, I thought the food was great and the beer was good, even if it didn't "pair". Although I rather enjoyed the dessert with the espresso stout. I thought it was good. When I was registering I didn't want to pay the extra 75$ for the banquet, but when it came down to it, my club had members in the finals, and most everyone else was going so it was another good chance to hang out with my club members. Only one of our guys took home a medal, but that was OK.
I won't make it to Baltimore due to other plans, but I will be excited to see where the 2017 Conference ends up, and those of us here in Oregon are already working hard to bring 2018 to Portland, so hopefully that happens too!