BOULDER, CO – It was only a matter of time before the American Homebrewers Association‘s (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference made a stop in the beer-friendly city of Seattle. The sold-out conference is projected to bring 1,850 participants to the Puget Sound region.
With over 30,000 AHA members and approximately 1 million homebrewers nationwide, it comes as no surprise that the conference filled capacity in short order. For many serious homebrewers, the National Homebrewers Conference is a must-attend event each year, thanks to its educational seminars, social events and camaraderie.
Hobbyists will immerse themselves in three days of concentrated education to expand their homebrewing knowledge. Expert speakers, including well-known authors and professional brewers, will cover the gamut of topics, ranging from ingredients to brewing techniques to advanced recipes. While attendees may have a difficult choice deciding which seminars to prioritize, all will be sure to hear the keynote address, given by Charles Finkel, founder of Seattle’s own Pike Brewery.
Perhaps the only thing harder than choosing between seminars is deciding on which beers to sample during the evening social events. Attendees are treated to a host of special beers at Thursday’s Pro-Brewers Night, an event that will see 40 breweries from Washington and beyond impress the beer enthusiasts with their finest fermentables. Then, homebrew clubs take center stage for Friday’s Club Night. Two parts homegrown beer festival, one part costume party, Club Night always delivers with wacky fun and artful homebrew.
Finally, the conference winds down on Saturday, June 23 with a grand banquet and award ceremony featuring “The Homebrew Chef,” Sean Paxton. The 2012 National Homebrew Competition winners will be awarded at this closing event. With over 7,800 entries in 28 different style categories, this year’s competition has been the largest to date and is the largest beer competition in the world!
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 30,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.