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Register for the National Homebrewers Conference

Good news! There’s still time to register for the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference, June 12-14 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

But isn’t the registration lottery over? Yes, the initial registration process is complete, and fortunately there is still capacity for you to join us at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Beer City USA!

Register Now!

  • Registration is first-come, first-served, and capacity is limited.
  • There are still a limited number of tickets available for the Saturday night Grand Banquet and National Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony.
  • You must be an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member to register.
  • Don’t forget, there are a whole host of excellent events happening in Grand Rapids that you can include with your trip to the conference.

All members are invited!

  • 55 different seminars
  • 80 expert speakers
  • Keynote address by the Founders founders
  • Thousands of delicious homebrews

For full details on the 2014 registration process, please see the Registration Details on AHAconference.org.

2014 Seminar Preview

If you are itching to know what seminars are on tap at this year’s conference, look no further! Mashing in Michigan will feature 55 different presentations, all of which will cover a wide range of subjects.

Whether you are looking at making the jump to all grain brewing, mastering your lager recipe, or you are just looking for ways to become a better homebrewer – you are sure to find the answers to what ales you in one of these educational seminars. More>

On Tap in Grand Rapids

Beer City USA

Are you ready to take a trip to BeerCity USA?

After nationwide polls in 2012 and 2013, Grand Rapids was named BeerCity USA for two years running! Here are a few reasons why this Michigan town’s craft beer community is so special:

  • According to RateBeer.com, Founder’s Brewing Co. is the third best brewery in the world, and it serves one of the planet’s top 10 beers.
  • RateBeer also designated Hopcat (right) as the top brewpub in the nation and the #3 beer bar on Earth.
  • Brewery Vivant was one of Midwest Living‘s top 25 new places in 2012.
  • The Street listed Grand Rapids as one of the top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers.
  • More than a dozen craft breweries are located in the metro region, and new ones are popping up all the time!

Oh, and there’s more than just beer.

Grand Rapids offers visitors a huge variety of things to see and do, like world-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. Enjoy some time outdoors at beautiful golf courses and beaches. Plus, Grand Rapids offers tempting farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome fun for families.

It’s no wonder Grand Rapids and Michigan’s Gold Coast was named the #1 Place To Visit in 2014 by Lonely Planet.

And if you just want to soak in the Great Lakes State vibe, visit one of the best downtowns in the Midwest.

Club Night & Social Club: Register Now!

Club Sign Up National Homebrewers Conference

Clubs, we know you’re anxious to showcase your finest brews at AHA National Homebrewers Conference this summer. Register your club now and reserve your spot at Club Night and Social Club!

On Friday night event, conference attendees gather for Club Night—perhaps the most thrilling event of the whole conference week! You’ll find silly costumes, stunning booth decorations and amazing homebrewed beer, mead and cider. Clubs from all over the U.S. will bring their A-game to impress fellow attendees.

Club Night Registration Form

Social Club allows clubs to showcase their beer during Homebrew Expo’s daytime hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and during two evening sessions on Friday and Saturday. The AHA’s beautiful handmade bars allow each club to pour up to 12 taps to attendees at a time.

Social Club Registration Form

2013 Conference Seminars Now Available!

First Time Attendee Guide

First time NHC attendee guideNational Homebrewers Conference First TIme Attendee Guide

Hey Newbies! Check out our First Time Attendee Guide

What’s it All About?

Homebrew Martian

Homebrewing has a home. But it’s not a place. It’s an annual event, the AHA National Homebrewers Conference.

Have you registered yet?

Never been? Here’s what it’s all about.

Need more details? The First Time Attendee Guide has heaps of information! Register today.

MEDIA ADVISORY

HBC Media Advisory

2014 AHA National Homebrewers Conference

Homebrewers Flow in to the River City

WHAT:

The 36th Annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference is a fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and encourage camaraderie among fellow homebrewers. Incredible beer, homebrewing expertise and a community of passionate beer lovers come together at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.

The conference is also home to the final round of judging in the National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition, which recognizes the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide.

Read the complete press release.

Conference Week Events

Conference Week Events

The AHA Conference is sure to be an incredible time. But it’s only three days long! There are plenty of fun and interesting events to attend during conference week too.

Stretch out your trip to Grand Rapids with great activities like brewery tours, a beer brunch, BJCP events and even a trip to Lake Michigan!

Remember, these Conference Week Events are not included in your AHA National Homebrewers Conference registration and require a separate registration.

Don’t miss out on the fun—check out all the available events.

Keynote Speakers Announced

Keynote speakers

We’re excited to announce that the 2014 keynote speakers won’t have to travel far to make it to the AHA conference. Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens of Founders Brewing Company are about as local as it gets.

They’ll regale thousands of attending homebrewers with stories of their experiences starting one of the fastest-growing and most decorated craft breweries in the nation. Founders has won four awards at the 2010 World Beer Cup®, two medals at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival®, and one award at the 2012 World Beer Cup.

Mike and Dave were both born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but they didn’t meet until their days at Hope College, where the pair spent their undergrad years dreaming of opening a brewery. After a few years spent on unsatisfying career paths, Mike and Dave decided they never wanted to look back on life with regrets. They wrote a business plan, secured funding and opened the doors of Founders Brewing Company in 1997.

Building the brewery from the ground up, the pair spent time in every role—from bartending to the business office, from bottling to sales. Today, Dave holds a marketing-focused role as the face and personality of Founders, while Mike leads the business side of things.

Founders has seen its annual barrel output nearly double each of the last six years while distribution has expanded from seven states to 27. In 2011, the company expanded its facility to keep up with demand. The expansion included a new 85-barrel brew house, new kegging and bottling lines and the addition of twenty 400-barrel fermenters, increasing Founders’ annual capacity to 140,000 barrels.

In late 2012, they expanded again, adding new cellar space. In 2013, Founders added two new vessels to the 85-barrel brew house, installed a pilot brew house, expanded their taproom and built a new beer garden, educational facility and offices. Founders finished 2013 with around 115,000 barrels produced and their facility currently has approximately 320,000 barrels of annual capacity. Founders projects to increase their production to 180,000 to 200,000 barrels in 2014.

They’re known for many awesome beers, including the legendary Breakfast Stout.

As if there weren’t enough great reasons to have a Founders beer! Now, if you make it to Grand Rapids for the National Homebrewers Conference, you’ll have to make sure to taste a few and perhaps even visit the brewery.

Competition Registration Update

NHC Judging

A number of changes have been made to the registration process for the 2014 National Homebrew Competition, with the goal of maximizing the number of American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members that can participate in the competition while reducing the stress of the first come, first served registration process of previous years. Read on to learn more about these changes.

Open Registration

Registration for this year’s AHA National Homebrew Competition (NHC) will be different than previous years. To avoid the time-sensitive nature of the first come, first served model of past years, the 2014 competition will have an open registration period from Monday, January 27 through Sunday, February 2, during which members of the American Homebrewers Association can register for the competition. The time at which registration is submitted will have no influence on registrants, so there is no need to sign up as soon as registration opens, nor any value to waiting until the last minute.

Read more about all of the additional changes for 2014.

New! Welcome Reception & Toast

Welcome Reception

New in 2014, conference attendees will enjoy a welcome reception on Thursday evening.

Sample beers from local craft brewers and snack on appetizers in a fun, intimate event alongside other registered attendees. AHA Director Gary Glass will officially kick off the conference with a group toast. Stay tuned for details on participating breweries.

The welcome reception is Thursday’s final official conference event of the day. After the reception ends at 7:30 pm, consider exploring Grand Rapids for dinner and beers at nearby breweries and beer bars.