No Surprise – AHA Conference is Biggest Ever

The National Homebrew Competition held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. boasted one of the most competitive fields of entries ever, with 8,172 homebrews evaluated by 212 beer judges.


“This year’s National Homebrew Competition fielded the largest group of entrants in the competition’s 36 year history,” said AHA director Gary Glass. “The level of competition has never been higher, meaning the National Homebrew Competition winners are truly among the most talented brewers in the world.”


The event offered 75 speakers, including authors, professional brewers and homebrewing savants. Over the course of three days, the more than 2,700 attendees picked from a diverse slate of 55 educational seminars, ranging from “Obscure and Ancient Beers” to “Water Chemistry and Beer pH.”


Conference attendees were treated to some of Michigan’s best beer. The Michigan Brewers Guild played an instrumental role in curating an impressive list of more than 50 breweries from around the state to serve the homebrewers at the event’s Welcome Reception.