Boulder, Colo.•June 24, 2010—With nearly 1,300 homebrewers, professional craft brewers and beer enthusiasts attending the sold-out 2010 National Homebrewers Conference last week, it was the largest gathering in conference history.
Homebrewers from across the U.S. and around the globe gathered June 17-19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to renew their ties with fellow homebrewers and the homebrewing hobby. The event has been hosted annually for 32 years by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).
"The excitement and energy felt at this conference was beyond any previous conference I’ve been involved with," said Gary Glass, American Homebrewers Association director. "Homebrewers came out in full force this year, showing yet again that the homebrewing community is vibrant and growing."
The AHA National Homebrewers Conference provided homebrewers the opportunity to attend daily educational seminars on beer and brewing presented by beer industry professionals and highly esteemed homebrewers. Evening events included Pro-Brewers Night, with more than 45 commercial breweries from across the country offering up their finest craft brews for homebrewers to sample.
The conference's most popular event, Club Night, drew more than 1,200 attendees to sample homebrew and regional foods from homebrew clubs nationwide. More than 40 clubs participated, serving plenty of their best homemade brews along with culinary concoctions made with beer, and displaying a host of unusual costumes.
The conference featured 27 different educational seminars, covering a wide range of topics aimed at helping homebrewers make better beer, mead and cider at home. A seminar on starting your own commercial brewery was among the most popular. Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit Brewing Co. in St. Paul, gave an inspiring keynote address.
National Homebrew Competition Awards
The culmination of the conference was the Grand Banquet and National Homebrew Competition Awards ceremony held Saturday evening with a crowd of 930 anxious homebrewers. Winners in 28 style categories were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. This was a record-breaking year for the National Homebrew Competition, with 6,287 homebrews entered in the competition. The National Homebrew Competition winners list is available on the AHA website.
In 1979, 200 people attended the first AHA National Homebrewers Conference held in Boulder, Colo. Today, the conference is recognized as the world’s largest-attended conference devoted to homebrewers and homebrewing.
AHA Governing Committee Recognition Award
The AHA Governing Committee recognized the many and varied contributions of Randy Mosher to homebrewing with its 2010 AHA Governing Committee Recognition Award. The award was presented by 2009 recipient Ray Daniels. Mosher is the author of Brewers Companion, Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer, along with numerous articles for beer publications. He has served on the boards of the AHA, the Brewers Association and the Chicago Beer Society.
Organizers and Sponsors
The local organizing committee for the conference was made up of 17 homebrewers from throughout Minnesota and North Dakota, and was led by committee co-chairs Curt Stock, Kris England and Steve Fletty.
National Homebrewers Conference sponsors for 2010 include: Rogue Ales, More Beer!, Northern Brewer, White Labs, Wyeast Laboratories, Inc., Samuel Adams, Briess Malt & Ingredients Company, Blichmann Engineering, Danstar, GreatBrewers.com, HopUnion, Sierra Nevada, SABCO, BrewingTV, Brewers Supply Group, Country Malt Group, Five Star Chemicals, Freshops, High Gravity Homebrewing & Winemaking Supplies, Midwest Supplies, Craft Meister, Vine Park Brewing Company, Cicerone, Seven Bridges Cooperative, craftbeer.com and J.J. Taylor.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Visit BrewersAssociation.org to learn more. The association's activities include events and publishing: CraftBeer.com, World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & 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 21,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.
Consumers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com.