We like beer, we talk beer, we drink beer, and sometimes we brew beer. The commercial brewing side of the industry has been the main focus of our company for years, but I've (Eric) been a homebrewer for longer than I've been a Hopstoryteller, almost 8 years! With the National Homebrew Convention (Homebrew Con) in Portland this year, the opportunity to attend was too good to pass up.
Homebrew Con contains educational talks, beer, book signings, beer, a convention floor, beer, demonstrations, beer, and fun events and excursions (most include beer). Most home brewers that attend are targeting specific talks and techniques, we attended with an open schedule, but found it full of great experiences!
We went into the conference with a limited amount of time and we came away with a greater appreciation for the homebrewing community. The passion these folks have for beer and making it is unparalleled. If you want to talk specifics about any style of beer, techniques, ingredients, or get into a discussion about water chemistry, this is the place for you!
Next years Homebrew Con will be in Providence, RI over June 27-29. Maybe we'll see you there as we continue our craft beer culture journey!