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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #75 on: May 17, 2019, 08:04:42 PM »
Okay, so here's a rough list of the things that we consider when choosing locations for future Homebrew Cons.  The top three are must-haves.  The others will vary in importance and aren't in any specific order.  I'm probably leaving some things out that I'm just not thinking about right now, but this is a pretty comprehensive list.

•   Must be in a state where we can clearly, legally have homebrew served to attendees.
•   Need a venue that can hold 3000+ attendees, 6 simultaneous educational sessions, competition judging, an expo hall that can accommodate 80+ exhibitors, event space for Kickoff Party and Club Night (reception for 3000+).
•   Need available dates for Thurs-Sat during the last three weeks of June.
•   Cost of the venue (space rental, catering minimums/pricing, labor costs, A/V costs, decorating costs, etc)
•   Cost of transportation for attendees, particularly hotel room rates
•   Since 2012, we have tried to rotate the conference between, East/Middle/West.  There is no specific territorial borders here, just roughly trying to keep the conference moving across the country.
•   Have members from this area expressed interest in having Homebrew Con in their area?
•   Accessibility of the location (both for attendees who are driving and those who fly to the conference)
•   Desirability of the location – will members want to travel to get to this destination?  (We survey members about potential locations)
•   Governing Committee feedback
•   Has a previous conference been held in this location recently?
•   Is the venue willing to work with our chef?
•   Local population density
•   AHA membership density
•   Active local homebrewing community
•   Local beer scene
•   Local restaurants/food options
•   Other events in the area around the time of the conference dates that might enhance/hinder attendance
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #76 on: May 17, 2019, 08:51:28 PM »
That is a very comprehensive list Gary. It definitely sheds light on an otherwise obscure decision making process. I for one appreciate you putting this together for general membership knowledge. It appears to be a fairly complex set of criteria and at least we now know the level of pain you guys go thru for this event. An unenviable task to be sure.

Thank you and the team for what you all do for our organization!  Cheers!


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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #77 on: May 26, 2019, 05:36:57 PM »
Does anyone have experience with checking a 5 gallon corny keg on a flight? I called TSA to inquire about the legality of checking in a beer keg. TSA agent cited law , if less than 24% abv there are no limitations on amount of alcohol transported on flight.  I wanted to pour a keg of homebrew at the Melvin Brewing Company booth since our homebrew club made it to the finals for Boil Rumble challenge. Any ideas or feedback would be great!
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #78 on: May 26, 2019, 06:08:10 PM »
Does anyone have experience with checking a 5 gallon corny keg on a flight?

I did it once and I'd just ship it next time. My scale at home had put the keg plus duffel bag at 48 lb but at check-in their scale read 51.5, so I had to go into the bathroom, manually depress the liquid poppet, and pour (well, spray) some beer out into the sink to avoid the fees. Which got me some funny looks. It also wasn't handled particularly well; apparently it was dropped/thrown fairly hard onto the base, and the rubber bottom came off and had to be re-glued. If it had landed the other way one of the posts could easily have snapped off. If you have a hard-sided suitcase maybe I'd consider it, but otherwise just ship it in a box where you can include some padding.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #79 on: May 27, 2019, 12:03:13 AM »
thanks for the insight. i got a quote from UPS for $140 , i think the $30 checked bag fee more reasonable and if i shipped it would be at room temp/warehouse temp  for about a week. i'll take your advice. Only thing i was worried about is pressure. TSA said my container could not be pressurized. Although a can of coke probably would be at higher pressure than the 5 PSI i would need to make a seal.

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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #80 on: June 05, 2019, 09:50:15 AM »
Thus far, I'm really disappointed with the dearth of local events in Providence for the conference. I realize this isn't the AHA's domain, but, jeez, guys, there's essentially nothing. At the very least, there should be a tour bus to several of the local breweries, which I don't expect for nothing.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #81 on: June 05, 2019, 12:06:22 PM »
Thus far, I'm really disappointed with the dearth of local events in Providence for the conference. I realize this isn't the AHA's domain, but, jeez, guys, there's essentially nothing. At the very least, there should be a tour bus to several of the local breweries.

Hopefully things will be entered on the website in the next couple days.  I was asking a brewery in RI (in Warwick, about 15 minutes away) if they were doing anything for Homebrewcon, and they didn't even know what it was.

If you are in early, a train ride to Boston could be fun.  Definitely hit Trillium in the Seaport area and check out the new Night Shift facility at Lovejoy Wharf (down near the Boston Garden).
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #82 on: June 05, 2019, 04:24:38 PM »
Thus far, I'm really disappointed with the dearth of local events in Providence for the conference. I realize this isn't the AHA's domain, but, jeez, guys, there's essentially nothing. At the very least, there should be a tour bus to several of the local breweries.

Hopefully things will be entered on the website in the next couple days.  I was asking a brewery in RI (in Warwick, about 15 minutes away) if they were doing anything for Homebrewcon, and they didn't even know what it was.

If you are in early, a train ride to Boston could be fun.  Definitely hit Trillium in the Seaport area and check out the new Night Shift facility at Lovejoy Wharf (down near the Boston Garden).

Have had my fingers crossed for a bus tour to Trillium. Hadn't considered the train, tho.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #83 on: June 05, 2019, 09:55:16 PM »
I'd be down to split an uber or do a quick trip to Treehouse, looks like about an hour drive ? getting to boston early thur morning

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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #84 on: June 09, 2019, 12:39:40 PM »
Wanted to throw this out there...Experimental Brewing is co-hosting at party with Country Malt Group at HBC in Providence on Wed. night before the conference starts.  There will be buses running from the convention center to the brewery where the party is being held.  More info soon, but save the date!

Haven't seen anything on it in local events, Denny, on the conference website. Pickings have been slim for local events.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #85 on: June 09, 2019, 02:31:56 PM »
Wanted to throw this out there...Experimental Brewing is co-hosting at party with Country Malt Group at HBC in Providence on Wed. night before the conference starts.  There will be buses running from the convention center to the brewery where the party is being held.  More info soon, but save the date!

Haven't seen anything on it in local events, Denny, on the conference website. Pickings have been slim for local events.

It should be.  I registered it.  I'll get back to you.

ETA:  I addedd the podcast recording.  CMG is in charge of party publicity and sure enough, there's nothing there.  I've contracted them.  Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #86 on: June 10, 2019, 09:54:13 AM »
Thus far, I'm really disappointed with the dearth of local events in Providence for the conference. I realize this isn't the AHA's domain, but, jeez, guys, there's essentially nothing. At the very least, there should be a tour bus to several of the local breweries.

Hopefully things will be entered on the website in the next couple days.  I was asking a brewery in RI (in Warwick, about 15 minutes away) if they were doing anything for Homebrewcon, and they didn't even know what it was.

If you are in early, a train ride to Boston could be fun.  Definitely hit Trillium in the Seaport area and check out the new Night Shift facility at Lovejoy Wharf (down near the Boston Garden).

My group decided to do our own road trip. Is the "Seaport Trillium" Fort Point or Canton?
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #87 on: June 10, 2019, 11:53:39 AM »

My group decided to do our own road trip. Is the "Seaport Trillium" Fort Point or Canton?

"Seaport" Trillium is Fort Point in Boston.  However, Canton is a lot closer to Providence, unless you are planning to hit a couple other places downtown.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #88 on: June 10, 2019, 02:41:26 PM »
Trillium will be at the Homebrew Con Kickoff Party https://www.homebrewcon.org/activities/craft-beer-kickoff-party/.
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Re: Homebrew Con 2019
« Reply #89 on: June 10, 2019, 03:23:46 PM »
Trillium will be at the Homebrew Con Kickoff Party https://www.homebrewcon.org/activities/craft-beer-kickoff-party/.

Them and Lawson's will have the longest lines all night :)

Speaking from personal experience, make sure to check out Great North Aleworks, Night Shift and Proclamation.

Also, check out Woodland Farms Brewery.  Not only is Patrick a great brewer, he's a genius...opening his brewery right in the middle of the Outlets in Kittery.  Never have I seen more guys excited to go to the outlets with their significant others than when he opened :)
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