Homebrewers ready for 'Beer Odyssey'
27 speakers set for national conference in Los Angeles
May 24, 2001 - Twenty-seven speakers and hundreds of homebrewers will gather June 21-23 in Los Angeles for the 23rd annual American Homebrewers Association 's (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference.
"2001: A Beer Odyssey" includes educational seminars, second-round judging for the National Homebrew Contest and plenty of social activities.
Speakers at the conference include: Steve Casselman, member of the AHA Board of Advisors; Paul Gatza, director of the AHA and the Institute for Brewing Studies; Tom Dalldorf, editor/publisher of the Celebrator Beer News; Byron Fisher, Brewin'with Herb television show; Alberta Rager, owner of Bacchus & Barleycorn; JoAnne Carilli, Marketing Director of the Association of Brewers; Don O'Connor, St. Patrick's of Texas Homebrew Supply; Tom Nickel, head brewer at Stuft Pizza & Brewery; Phil Baxter, Beer Sommelier; Randy Mosher, homebrew columnist for All About Beer; Tomme Arthur, head brewer at the Pizza Port in Solona Beach; Geoff Larson, founder, president and brewmaster of Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.; Mary Anne Gruber, Briess Malting Company; Mark Jilg, brewmaster at Craftsman Brewing Company; Charlie Papazian, president and founder of the Association of Brewers, author of The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing; Ray Daniels, editor in chief of Zymurgy and The New Brewer; Louis Bonham, MCAB Founder; David Logsdon, president of Wyeast Laboratories; Chris White, president of White Labs, Inc.; M.B. Raines-Casselman, co-owner and brewmaster for the Great Beer Co. of Los Angeles; John Oliver, brewer at BJ's Pizza, Grill & Brewery; Alex Puchner, Senior Vice President/Director of Brewing Operations at Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.; John Maier, brewmaster at Rogue Ales; Jim Schuster, Beer Market Manager for SHURFlo, Inc.; Greg Correard, Beer Market Applications Engineer and Specialist, SHURflo; John Palmer author of How to Brew Your First Beer and How To Brew; and Clive LaPensee, author of The Historical Companion to House-Brewing.
The conference will close on Saturday evening the evening with the Rogue Ales Grand Banquet, an awards dinner for the National Homebrew Competition. The conference's title sponsor, Rogue Ales, an Oregon-based microbrewery, will host the banquet. Second-round judging of the AHA National Homebrew Competition, the largest homebrew competition in the world, will take place on Thursday and Friday during the conference. Approximately 3,000 entries from across the nation were submitted. The best beers advance to the second-round judging at the conference, and awards will be presented to the category winners at the banquet on Saturday night, including the crowning of the Homebrewer of the Year and Homebrew Club of the Year.
More infomation is available at the official conference web site.
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