From the HBD Archive
From: chuck%bose@uunet.UU.NET (Chuck Cox)
Subject: AHA National Conference
Date: 1990-05-30 19:46:14 GMT

Howdy-

I decided to go ahead and provide more info about the
AHA 1990 National Homebrewers Conference.
However, any truly serious homebrewer should already be a member of
the AHA, and will have received this info in Zymurgy.

*** SCHEDULE ($$$ means costs extra) ***

Wed 6/13
Morning: Registration
Beer Judge Certification Exam $$$
Afternoon: Beer Evaluation Seminar $$$
National Competition Judging
Evening Reception

Thu 6/14
Morning: Welcome and Introduction Charlie Papazian
The World of Malt Randy Mosher
German Beer Dan Gordo
Quality Homebrew Scott Birdwell
Lunch: Slide show Bruce Prochal
Afternoon: Corners of the Round Table panel
Best of Show/Homebrewer of the Year judging
Evening: Homebrew Club Night

Fri 6/15
Morning: AHA Forum Charlie Papazian
Essentials of Step Infusion Mashing Ron Downer
Simplified Quality Control George Fix
Carbonating Your Brew Byron Burch
Afternoon: The Microbrewery and Brewpub Phenomenon Jeff Mendel
Beer Blending ala Judy Judy Ashworth
Slings of Outrageous Fortune Larry Bell
Evening: Gala Awards Banquet

Sat 6/16
Morning: Brew-in and Brunch at the Anchor Brewing Co.
Beer Judge Certification Exam $$$
Lunch: Michael Jackson Luncheon $$$ Michael Jackson
Afternoon: Beer and Brewing Exposition
Evening: California Brewmasters' Tasting $$$

In the works: There is a Malibu GP race track in Oakland,
I am going to try to organize a homebrewers race.

*** FEES ***

Full Conference $240 (members) $290 (non-members)
Saturday Only $ 60
Spouse $120
Membership $ 21
Beer Judge Exam $ 40
Beer Evaluation Seminar $ 10 ($ 20 at door)
Michael Jackson's Luncheon $ 25
California Brewmaster's Tasting $ 12 ($ 15 at door)
1990 Conference Transcripts $ 15 (members) $ 18 (non-members)

check, money order, master card, visa accepted

*** AHA ***

American Homebrewers Association
PO Box 287
Boulder, CO 80306

voice: (303) 447-0816
fax: (303) 447-2825

*** TRAVEL & LODGING ***

United Airlines is offering discounts for travel to and from the Conference.
Call (800) 521-4041, refer to meeting code 431DD.

The conference is located in the Hyatt Regency Oakland Hotel,
located in downtown Oakland, close to pulic transportation.
Reservations (800) 233-1234 or (415) 893-1234.

*** OPINIONS ***

If you think $240 is a little steep, you're not alone.
Cost is the most common complaint I hear. The conference does provide
many activities, but I am not convinced they are worth $240,
especially considering that the luncheon & tasting are extra.
I seriously considered registering for the social stuff only,
but what the hell, I'm an overpaid nerd, I can afford it.

I also think that scheduling any activity before 12 noon (except the brew-in)
is absurd. Afternoon sessions get about twice the attendence as morning
sessions. None of the serious brewers are walking erect before noon.
Not surprising considering that there are parties (I mean tasting and
evaluation sessions) going on past 3am every night.

- Chuck Cox - america's fastest beer judge -


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