Inaugural Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference

2016 Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference Poster

Registration is open for the inaugural Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC) March 4-5 in Vancouver, WA. The regional conference welcomes homebrewers from British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and beyond to expand their brewing skills through two days of educational seminars, networking opportunities and evening tasting events.

“The inaugural PNWHC will bring together homebrewers and cider makers of all skill levels to share information, discover new ideas and enjoy great brew, all while having an unforgettable time,” says Conference Chair Jill Marilley. “We’re fortunate to have some of the nation’s leading homebrew speakers right here in our own backyard and they’re excited to share their wealth of knowledge with conference attendees.”

The conference’s 24 educational seminars facilitated by brewing experts will cover a range of subjects including high ABV brewing, cask-conditioning, cider and mead making, hop growing, beer judging, specialty malts and how to go professional. There are seminars for every level, from the novice homebrewer to the veteran zymurgist alike.

Conference registration also includes the opening night toast and dinner, keynote speaker lunch, closing night dinner, exhibit hall access and two incredible evening tasting parties. At Friday’s “Brewers Night”, registrants will mingle in the exhibit hall and enjoy beers from the region’s top breweries. The conference culminates Saturday night with the highly anticipated “Club Brews” tasting event at which regional homebrew clubs will be serving their best beers from fun themed booths. Costumes are encouraged!

“The PNWHC is endorsed by the American Homebrewers Association and complements the National Homebrewers Conference by providing access to expert educational opportunities and camaraderie a bit closer to home,” adds Marilley. “Though it is a regional conference, we welcome homebrewers from across the US, Canada and world!”

The conference’s $150 registration fee includes two days of educational seminars, three meals, exhibit hall access, two evening tasting events, goodie bag and commemorative glass, and can be purchased online.

Attendees arriving early can choose to join fellow beer lovers on three bus tours that visit some of Portland and Hood River’s most respected breweries. Bus tour prices range from $55-$65 per person and include transportation, beer, lunch and goodie bag.

The conference will be held at the Vancouver Hilton. Reserve your room at the conference rate of $125 per night (+ taxes/fees) by calling 360-993-4500.

PNWHC is made possible through the generous support of Larry’s Brewing Supply, Bader Beer and Wine Supply, F.H. Steinbart Company and Yakima Valley Hops.

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