In just one day, thousands (yes, thousands) of homebrewers, craft brew geeks and beer enthusiasts will call Grand Rapids their temporary home.
From Thursday to Saturday, DeVos Place will play host to this event, a fun, educational conference designed to increase your knowledge of homebrewing and encourage camaraderie. A quilter’s convention this isn’t. Fifty-five different seminars, a keynote address by the founders of Founders Brewing Co., 80 expert speakers, and events like Club Night — where you can taste some of the thousands of delicious homebrews this conference has to offer — are just some of the spectacles lined up for this long weekend.
More than 4,000 people are expected to attend.
What better city than Grand Rapids to host this conference? Homebrewing has grown in Michigan right alongside of the craft beer scene. Siciliano’s, O’ Connors and Gravel Bottom Brewery are some of the local West Michigan homebrewing supply spots that will be represented at the convention. And you must remember, many of the professional brewers at spots we all know and love have their roots in homebrewing — Seth Rivard of Rockford Brewing, Jacob Derylo of Brewery Vivant and the gents at Founders — Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens — just to name a few.
“Having the National Homebrewers Confernece in Grand Rapids lets the rest of the country know what us GR folks have known for years now — that this city is a destination for people who are passionate about homebrewing and craft beer,” said Allison O’Connor, co-owner of O’Connor’s Brewing Supply.
Expect to see a lot of familiar faces in Michigan Beer — folks from New Holland, Bell’s, Cranker’s, Brian Tennis of the Michigan Hop Alliance and others will be presenting throughout the three day conference.
Tickets are still available for AHA members. More information is available at ahaconference.org.