AHA National Homebrewers Conference coming to Bellevue

The Washington Homebrewers Association publicly announced today that the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference is coming to Bellevue in 2012. Each year a significant portion of the AHA’s 26,000 members descend upon one lucky city to share their love of homebrew and beer in general. Next year, they’re coming to Bellevue. While the secret has not been very well kept, it is official as of today. The AHA wanted to wait until the 2011 conference had concluded before they announced the location of the 2012 conference.

This is a bigger deal than you might be thinking. The 2011 AHA National Homebrewers Conference, held this past weekend in San Diego, was attended by nearly 2,000 homebrewers from across the nation. No doubt there will be many great beer events—for homebrewers and other beer lovers—planned around the conference. We will have more details in the coming months. The event is scheduled for June 21-23, 2012.

Below is the official announcement we received this morning via Nate Muller, the Washington Beer Blog’s Senior Homebrew Correspondent.

Homebrew correspondent Nate Muller (dark shirt on left) and fellow homebrewers participate in a podcast from the 2011 AHA National Homebrewers Conference.

The Washington Homebrewers Association is proud to publicly announce that the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference will be held in Bellevue, Washington from June 21st-23rd at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. This is the largest annual gathering of homebrewers in the country and is an event not to miss. It features three days of educational seminars from homebrewers, craft brewers, and industry professionals, hosting of the second round of the National Homebrew Competition (the world’s largest beer competition), a local craft brewers festival, industry exhibits, and a homebrew club night / festival where you can try the best and most innovative homebrews from all over the country (and from all of our clubs!) You can find out more about the National Homebrewers Conference at www.ahaconference.org and can see a fun pre-conference video at www.brewingwithbigfoot.com (the local committee’s main website).

The conference is a great time but takes a lot of effort from local homebrewers and clubs. We will be needing people to help plan pre-conference events, judge and steward for the competition, help with beer logistics, and generally just lend a hand throughout all of the conference events. With a lot of help the conference will run incredibly smoothly and everyone will have a great time. We will be working to get up a tool to volunteer to help with the conference very soon. You can read about all of the things that the local committee has to work on here: http://ahaclubs.homebrewersassociation.org/NHCplanningguide.

The most important thing that you can start doing now is brewing beer, meads, and ciders! We are the hosts and as the hosts, we want the guests to be able to enjoy great brews all throughout the conference. You can start brewing some great, exciting beers now and definitely get brewing next spring. Homebrewers who are part of clubs should start getting together to plan out what beers they would like to have on tap at throughout the conference. Clubs should start finding out who is planning on being a part of the conference and form a planning team to help arrange club logistics.

We are very excited to have all of you be a part of what will be the greatest conference ever. Get the word out to your friends and start your beer engines!


Washington Homebrewers Association

Cheers to our sponsors, like...


  1. I’ve always wondered why the APA keeps the location of the next year’s conference under wraps until the previous conference is concluded. Perhaps they don’t want to steal the thunder of the current conference, but I would be more likely to attend with >1 year notice. Some of the professional organizations I’m a member of release conference information 3-5 YEARS ahead of time and I don’t think it negatively impacts attendance in the least. I wonder if this is a leftover tradition from the days when the AHA was much smaller and information transfer far less global and immediate.

    Regardless, I’m glad that we now know it’s going to be here in our backyard! 2012 is shaping up to be a great year!

  2. The AHA wanted to keep it under wraps this year in particular for two reasons. The first was that they didn’t want to discourage West Coast folks who may have been on the fence not to go. In particular Oregonians. Turned out there weren’t many who went anyhow and they sold out anyhow. The second was that they knew they were going to get backlash from East Coasters about having two West Coast conferences in a row. There simply wasn’t a solid bid from the East Coast for 2012. So they held off on announcing it until they had the final hotel arranged for the East Coast conference in 2013 (Philly). So, small progress on pre-announcing! We’ve known for a while that it was going to be out here but just had to keep quiet until the first day of the conference registration when the AHA already had posted in their brouchure that it was here. Hope to see you there!

Comments are closed.