Homebrewcon and the AHA with Gary Glass – BeerSmith Podcast #193

by Brad Smith on May 29, 2019 · 1 comment

This week Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Association, joins me to discuss HomebrewCon and the state of home brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (44:29)

  • This week my guest is Gary Glass. Gary is Director of the American Homebrewer’s Association which has approximately 45,000 members.
  • Gary is here to discuss the state of homebrewing and also the 2019 Homebrewcon coming up in late June.
  • We start with a discussion of some of the new things happening at the AHA.
  • Next we move to Homebrewcon which will be held this year in Providence, Rhode Island from 27-29 June 2019.
  • Gary tells us about this year’s keynote speaker as well as some of the 68 seminars that will be presented.
  • We discuss the National Homebrew Competition which is the world’s largest beer competition including over 9000 entries and how the final round of judging is done at Homebrewcon
  • Gary talks about the industry exhibition and social club that run throughout the conference.
  • We talk about the kickoff party with Craft breweries on Thursday night as well as my favorite event which is Club Night.
  • Gary wraps up the Homebrewcon discussion with a bit more about the final National Homebrew Awards presentation on Saturday.
  • We switch gears to discuss the state of US homebrewing and AHA, including the decline that started around 2014 and seems to be leveling out.
  • We talk about how the average homebrewer has changed a bit and also how we can all work to promote homebrewing as a hobby.
  • Gary shares his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Gary Glass for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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Henrique Ribeiro May 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Hey, it looks like the download link is broken. I was able to download it by coping the link address and adding a “H” in the beginning of the URL.

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