Homebrew Con Seminars

Homebrew Con is an annual event hosted by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). The conference includes dozens of seminars on beer, mead, and cider. Join the AHA to gain access to Homebrew Con seminars dating back to 2012. You won’t find a resource like this anywhere else!

Running Club Events and Education Sessions

  • Speaker: Bruce Buerger
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2018
  • Portland, OR

Want to take your homebrew club to the next level? If so, you won’t want to miss Bruce Buerger’s discussion of how to organize club events and educational programs. From hosting style reviews and tastings to scheduling study sessions, you and your club will benefit from learning the dos and …More

Not Just for Judges: How to Train Judges, Brewers and Tasting Gurus at the Same Time

  • Speakers: Brian JoasBruce Buerger
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2016
  • Baltimore, MD

We will demonstrate how the sensory analysis and technical knowledge obtained through judge training can also be beneficial for brewers and craft beer fans. We’ll review over proven techniques and show how they can be used in large and small group sessions. Taste malt teas, hop teas, malt varieties while …More

Homebrew Competitions: How to Run One & How to Enter One

  • Speakers: Brian JoasBruce Buerger
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

Homebrew competitions involve more than just collecting and judging entries and handing out medals. To be successful, they require some vision and strong planning ahead of the judging date. From the entrant’s perspective, there are multiple competitions to choose from. They are a great way to gain feedback and tips …More

Sensory Evaluation: Methods to Improve Your Palate and Vocabulary

  • Speakers: Brian JoasBruce Buerger
  • Track: Sensory Analysis
  • Homebrew Con 2014
  • Grand Rapids, MI

All brewers use sensory evaluation as at least the primary, if not only, method to analyze their beer and determine how to improve it the next time they brew. For many, the palate sensitivity and/or vocabulary to evaluate and describe a beer is the limiting factor in determining how to …More

How to Improve Club Events and Empower Leaders

  • Speaker: Bruce Buerger
  • Track: Clubs & Competitions
  • Homebrew Con 2013
  • Philadelphia, PA

There is a lot of good homebrewing talent out there, but more often than not, those organizing events have difficulty tapping into it. This session aims to empower club leaders, elected or otherwise, with tools to make their events successful. We’ll talk about classic pitfalls, the fear of failing in …More