The multiples and bigger stuff comes from making the rounds through the expo booths. My advice is to be there at the very beginning and the very end. Understand common reasons why people leave member groups, specifically homebrew clubs; Identify areas in need of improvement within your own club; Walk away with actionable best practices for retaining members you can implement immediately. The topic of cannabis becomes more popular every year as additional states legalize its medical or recreational use. Many homebrewers have wondered about the possibilities of using hemp or marijuana in a brew. If you are planning on attending NHC 2016, please contact Jackie at to join the planning team.

Have a look at last year’s photos and the first time attendee guide. Give BeerSmith a try – you’ll brew your best beer ever. I’m getting into town Wednesday afternoon, plan on hitting Union and Max’s Wednesday night if you guys are going to be in town.

Homebrew Con culminated on June 11 with the AHA National Homebrew Competition, which saw 7,962 entries from 3,396 homebrewers located in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 13 other countries. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colorado, judged 34 beers. We discuss some of the trends in homebrewing including the diversity of new brewers entering the hobby, and rapid expansion of knowledge. Gary Glass, the Director of the American Homebrewers Association joins me to discuss trends in homebrewing, the AHA, and this year’s HomebrewCon 2016 conference. Gary is Director of the 40,000+ member AHA organization representing American home brewers.

Since 1979 the Brewers Association has provided beer style descriptions as a reference for brewers and beer competition organizers. Much of the early work was based on the assistance and contributions of beer journalist Michael Jackson. The task of creating a realistic set of guidelines is always complex. The beer style guidelines use sources from the commercial brewing industry, beer analyses, and consultations with beer industry experts and knowledgeable beer enthusiasts as resources for information. Figured I’d start a thread for the conference next month, since that probably includes more people that the national competition. I’m coming down on Wednesday for the conference and staying in the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marriott, would definitely be good to meet up with some fellow TB homebrewers at some point.

The American Homebrewers Association is bringing the 38th annual National Homebrewers Conference to Baltimore in 2016! On June 9-11, brewers from across the country and around the globe will gather to celebrate all things beer, mead and cider. Briess will be serving beers at our Homebrew Expo display featuring our NEW Caramel Rye Malt. Oh, and make sure you fill a baggie with 8 ounces of our Caramel RyeSpecialty Malt. Gary shares his closing thoughts on why now is the best time ever to be a home brewer. Gary discusses the AHA and some of the many things the AHA does for homebrewing in general.

Being there at the end of the day Saturday, you’ve got a good chance to pick stuff up cheap. A couple people in my club spent some talking about these at that booth. I thought the vendor area was a lot of fun, I eventually stopped by all the booths by the end of the conference. Get to know one berry ruin the basic science behind koji, including how it works and why it’s used in traditional fermented products; Learn how to make koji at home and how to use it to make your own custom ferments. Learn useful and accessible palate training techniques you can apply every time you taste a beer.