From the HBD Archive
From: bronson@ee.ecn.purdue.edu (Edward C. Bronson)
Subject: AHA Convention
Date: 1989-06-06 04:51:04 GMT

For information and as an invitation, I thought I'd mention an upcoming
Beer Trek. In a few days I will be heading to Fort Mitchell, KY to attend
the Eleventh Annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National
Conference on Quality Beer and Brewing. This is the first year that the
conference is being held outside of Colorado. The conference site is the
Drawbridge Inn at the Oldenberg Brewery located just south of Cincinnati,
OH. Along with a large beer hall called the Great Hall of Oldenberg, the
conference location features health facilities, five restaurants, six bars,
and the world's largest breweriana collection.

The conference will consist of four days of presentations and
demonstrations on such topics as brewing techniques, microbreweries and
brewpubs, quality control, and beer judging certification. The activities
get rolling on Wednesday, June 7th, with a Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewery tour,
an Oldenberg Brewery tour, and a Kickoff Beer Reception. The days of the
conference are filled with special luncheons, homebrew club activities,
national homebrew judging, an awards banquet, beer tasting, beer drinking,
beer discussions, beer drinking, ... On Saturday, a special luncheon will
be prepared by Micheal Jackson, renowned beer authority. Each course of
this extraordinary eating experience will be prepared with beer and served
with selected beers. The conference ends with an International Beer Tasting
on Saturday evening. Unlike previous years, the AHA has separated the
conference from the Great American Beer Festival (October). This should
permit beer tasting and beer discussions in a pleasant atmosphere devoid of
the 3-ring circus advertising gimics that have marred the festival in recent
years.

I know that this sounds like an advertisement, but having attended
this conference in the past, I am very excited about getting together again
with the AHA. (This is the only conference that I attend on a regular
basis that serves beer DURING the presentations!) I am certain that other
readers of this FORUM will also be attending the conference and I invite
you to contact me, have a beer, and discuss homebrewing. I will certainly
be at the Homebrew Club Night activities representing our local homebrew
club, the Tippecanoe Hombrewers' Circle.

On the way to the conference from Lafayette, IN, I will be stopping at
the NapTown Brewing Company in Indianapolis, IN. This is Indiana's FIRST
microbrewery. Their first product is a full-bodied all-malt hoppy beer
called Main Street Lager. They have been brewing for about four months
and bottling for about six weeks. I will also be visiting Wallaby Bob's
Australian Restaurant and Brewery in Fairfield, OH for a tour and a beer.
This brewpub is located just north of Cincinnati, OH. On my return, I
will be attending the monthly meeting of the St. Gambrinas Benevolence
Society. This is the homebrew club of Bloomington, IN.

Well, that's the Beer Trek Plan. Hopefully I will meet some of you
at the conference. Cheers and Beers,

Ed Bronson
bronson@ecn.purdue.edu

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