2013 Beer Conferences

Happy New Year everyone! One of Mike and my New Year’s resolutions is to start going to more beer conferences and participate in more homebrew competitions. We thought we would get started by taking a look at what’s out there. Then it hit me that a lot of you might have the same resolution as we do so we thought we would share the info. We’ll start by sharing the conferences whose dates are currently available online. Sometime in the near future will be a post on a few homebrew competitions happening in 2013.

 

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America | Washington D.C.

I have to say that looking at the photos in the schedule for this event, all I could think is “we brewers sure are a hairy, denim-loving bunch.” Not really what most people think of when they consider attending conferences in Washington D.C….yay brewers!

Anywho, though the conference is held mostly for professionals (non-pros can come for a mere $1,080), the BrewExpo is more reasonable and includes admission to the trade show (beer gadgets anyone!?) and official hospitalities. We’ll probably skip this guy until we are pros.

When: March 26 – 29, 2013

How Much? Varies; $235 – $1,080+

More Info: http://www.craftbrewersconference.com/

 

AHA Conference | Philadelphia, PA

Holy moly, get us to PHILLY! This one looks like SO much fun. Seems like Great American Beer Festival with a more homebrewery intelligence to it. A little more structured and educational, but obviously a great group of folks with which to learn and compete. (More on the National Homebrew Competition later.)

Not much is available on this year yet. The host hotel information will be released on February 5th. If you want to go, get on it quick! This may be our second honeymoon. Gotta celebrate making it a month and a half, right?

When: June 27 – 29, 2013

How Much? Check back after Feb. 5th

More Info: http://www.ahaconference.org/

 

Beer Bloggers Conference (UK) | Edinburgh, UK

I love the idea of bloggers getting together to bounce ideas off each other and get to know what’s working and what’s not. This is the UK version of what seems to be a pretty cool operation.

When: July 12 – 13, 2013

How Much? 95 – 295 pounds

More Info: http://beerbloggersconference.org/europe/

 

Beer Bloggers Conference (US) | Boston, MA

This conference seems totally rad. They list their attendees from past years so while it looks like a pretty intimate affair, one Mr. Randy Mosher’s name caught my eye at a quick glance so they obviously get great folks to go and seem to have some strong sponsors in the mix too.

When: July 26 – 28, 2013

How Much? $95 – $295

More Info: http://beerbloggersconference.org/america/

 

BeerCon | San Diego, CA

Let’s think of this as ComicCon’s little drunk (though classily so) brother. Don’t have many details on this yet. Will update with specifics as soon as I hear back from the organizer.

When:  2012 – held in August | 2013 – TBD

More Info: http://beerbloggersconference.org/europe/

 

Great American Beer Festival | Denver, CO

Ok, so, it’s not really a conference but I think it deserves to make this list since it is one of the largest, most recognized beer festivals in the US. I really hope we can make it to this one this year. Third honeymoon, Mike?

When: October 10 – 12, 2013

How Much? $195 for 3 nights (with no add ons)

More Info: http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/

 

This list is by no means comprehensive. We’ll keep checking in periodically throughout the year and updating this post. Please feel free to share your local conferences and such in the comments below.

  • http://beermakesthree.com Kendall & June Joseph

    You really need to go to Beer Bloggers in Boston. The 2012 conf was non-stop fun. Plus it’s small, so you can get to know everyone, and inexpensive. I had so much fun I wanted to get June in on it, so we started beermakesthree.com to get her more involved in the beer community. We’ve already got our plane tickets. Also, don’t miss the pre-conf, this year in Portland, ME.

    • http://proofthatgodlovesus.com Lauren

      Great! It looked like a quality event but so small that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Seeing Mosher’s name obviously raised my expectations. I’m glad to hear from someone who has been. We’ll try to make it this year but, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll catch you at the 2014 conference for sure.