Some of the conference events I am looking forward to include:
- Seminars: There will be 36 seminars on a variety of topics this year, during the conference. Looking at offerings from previous years, the topics range all over the place, from going professional, to brewing session beers, to interesting new hop varieties. There will be something for everyone. On top of that, AHA members can access recordings of the talks on the AHA website.
- Club Night: Clubs from around the area put together themed booths and stands to serve their beer in one of the biggest homebrew parties of the year. Many of the beers being served are "experimental" to say the least. There is even a small chance my local club will participate in a Virginia club booth, but time will tell. For those who have not seen it, Basic Brewing Radio has shot video episodes of this event in the past and it looks like great fun.
- Meet Homebrewing "Luminaries:" Many of the homebrewing world's celebrities (if you can call them that) attend the conference. I would enjoy meeting some of the authors, podcast hosts, and other members of the larger homebrewing community that I have read and listened to over the years.
- Awards Banquet: The conference culminates in a gourmet dinner prepared by Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton. Sean works with Rogue Ales to cook with, infuse into, and pair food with their variety of beers. I have read many reviews of these dinners in the past and I am exited to experience the food and beer first hand, as well as cheer on any people I know who make it into the second round of the National Homebrew Competition.