[Pictured above: Delta Island in the Gaylord Grand Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.]
by Gary Glass, American Homebrewers Association Director
The 2020 AHA Homebrew Con™ is coming to Nashville (aka Music City), Tenn., June 18–20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Music City should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit. With the honkytonks on Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame, historic music venues like the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville is a must-see city. While Nashville is best known as a music destination, it also has an awesome culinary scene and unique local specialties like Nashville hot chicken. Of course, Nashville also boasts a great beer scene, with 20 breweries within the city limits fueled largely by an active homebrew community.
I love Nashville, and I’m especially excited to have Homebrew Con at the Gaylord Opryland, which, with nearly 3,000 guest rooms, can hold all Homebrew Con attendees under one roof! The resort features 18 restaurants, bars, and cafés, plus an indoor river, waterfall, and gardens. If you don’t fancy the onsite food options, there are 32 additional food choices, including a Bavarian-themed restaurant/beer hall, at the Opry Mills mall next door to the resort. It’s a short walk from the Gaylord, or you can take a free shuttle.
Bring the family and enjoy the onsite water resort, arcades, shopping at the Opry Mills Mall, and the resort’s 18-hole golf course. Gaylord guests get a free bucket of balls at the driving range daily.
To keep space rental costs reasonable, we depend on most attendees staying at the host hotel. By opting to stay there, you not only stay close to the action, but you also support the event and the AHA. When attendees stay outside the event’s room block (e.g. at an Airbnb or another hotel), it reduces our total room nights booked, which could increase costs for that year and make it more difficult to book future venues that consider the number of room nights associated with an event.
So, I hope you hear my plea and book your Homebrew Con stay at the Gaylord. You’ll not only have a better time by not having to deal with transit, but you’ll have more time to spend with fellow homebrewers at the event.
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The above is an excerpt from the “From the Glass” column in the January/February 2020 Zymurgy magazine. AHA members enjoy exclusive access to the Zymurgy online archive. Not a member? Start your 30-day free trial today!