More Than 5,000 Entries Judged in World's Largest Beer Competition
Boulder, Colorado • July 7, 2009 – More than 1,200 homebrewers from across the nation attended the 31st annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference in Oakland, CA from June 18-20, 2009.
"I am thrilled by the record-setting attendance at this year's National Homebrewers Conference," said Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Association. "Despite the recent economic woes, the hobby is stronger than ever."
There are an estimated 750,000 homebrewers in the U.S., and those who attended the conference were offered 27 educational seminars on beer and brewing presented by professional brewers and other highly experienced homebrewers.
Highlights from the conference include keynote speaker Ken Grossman, co-founder and president of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and other presentations from industry favorites including Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewing Company, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Dr. Michael Lewis of U.C. Davis.
The American Homebrewers Association is a division of the Brewers Association. In 1979, 200 people attended the first AHA National Homebrewers Conference in Boulder, CO. Today, the conference is recognized as the world's largest-attended conference devoted to homebrewers and homebrewing.
Members of the homebrew club Southern Nevada Ale
Fermenters Union (SNAFU) at Club Night, on June 19, 2009.
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Super bowl of Beer Competitions – World's Largest Beer Competition
The finale of the conference was the Grand Banquet and National Homebrew Competition (NHC) Awards Ceremony. A total of 1,310 brewers, from all 50 states, submitted 5,166 entries into the competition in the First Round, which was judged in 10 regional sites across the U.S. and Canada. The Final Round, held at the conference, included 760 entries from 422 brewers.
A total of 74,211 beers have been evaluated in the 31 years of the NHC. The competition has grown from a humble 37 entries in 1979 to become the largest beer competition, amateur or professional, in the world. View the 2009 NHC winners (PDF file).
Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association for small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Visit the Web site, www.BrewersAssociation.org, to learn more. The association's activities include events and publishing: World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience; American Craft Beer Week; Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 19,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.