Presentation Guidelines & Requirements

National Homebrewers Conference Presentations

Submit Your Seminar Proposal

Thank you for your interest in presenting at Homebrew Con in Portland, Oregon, June 28 – 30, 2018. Please review the following guidelines and requirements before submitting your proposal.

Submission Requirements

  • Your proposal should describe how the presentation addresses the guidelines outlined below.
  • Submit proposals by Monday, December 18, 2017.

Subject Tracks

The AHA is accepting seminar proposals for all topics related to homebrewing, craft beer, and beer culture. Homebrew Con will feature over 60 educational presentations designed to keep conference attendees at the forefront of homebrewing. Seminars will be presented in one of thirteen different tracks. Please choose the track that best fits the content of your seminar when submitting your proposal:

  • Alternative Fermentation – seminars focused on any non-beer fermentation including (but not limited to) mead, cider, sake, perry, cheese, bread, kimchi, etc.
  • Beer Styles – these seminars focus specifically on one style of beer (i.e. IPA, session beers, lagers, etc.).
  • Brewing Process – these seminars focus on the wide variety of ways to craft homebrew, and the process involved (i.e. BIAB, decoction mashing, barrel aging, etc.).
  • Clubs & Competitions – this track covers anything focused on operating a homebrew club, or running a homebrew competition.
  • Going Pro – these presentations will focus on the future professional brewers.
  • Historical – the rich history of beer and brewing is discussed in these seminars.
  • Homebrew Industry – these seminars will focus exclusively on the homebrew retail industry.
  • Ingredients – these seminars cover the use of water, malt, hops, spices, etc (yeast is a separate category).
  • Other/Misc. – any seminar that does not fit into one of the other categories can be submitted here.
  • Recipe Formulation & Improvement – seminars designed to help the audience improve their homebrew or design the best beer possible.
  • Sensory Analysis & Food Pairing – these seminars will focus on attendees that wish to improve their palate.
  • Technical – for the DIY homebrewer looking to get into the nitty-gritty of their brewing gear and serving equipment.
  • Yeast & Fermentation – subjects pertaining to the fermentation process.

Presentation Guidelines

  • Conference presentations are focused on homebrewing, or topics related to homebrewing.
  • Seminar rooms can hold up to 1,000 people.
  • The attendees of the conference are a mix of novice to advanced brewers. Presentations can be specifically focused to a number of groups.
  • A handful of presentations are given twice. If you are able to present multiple times, please indicate so on the proposal. You may or may not be asked to repeat your presentation.
  • Serving beer during a presentation is not necessary, and should only be done as it relates to your topic.
  • Presentations are typically about 45 – 50 minutes long and should allow 10 – 15 minutes for questions at the end. The allotted seminar time is 60 minutes.
  • Seminar presenters are given one complimentary full conference registration.
  • Travel, hotel and other associated expenses are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.

Poster Guidelines

  • Posters are an ideal way to present a topic when an oral presentation does not fit the standard seminar format.
  • Posters pertaining to any aspect of homebrewing are encouraged.
  • Posters are limited to 3’x4’ in size. Poster and design materials are not provided by the AHA; those interested in presenting will need to provide a poster.
  • Posters are displayed in the Social Club throughout the conference. The AHA will provide an easel and area to display your poster.
  • Presenters are encouraged to accompany their posters for a set period of time as assigned by the AHA, typically during a 90-minute span. You are encouraged to leave your poster up for attendees to view even when you are not presenting.
  • Posters that focus on selling a specific product or service will be asked to be removed.
  • Conference registration, travel, hotel and other associated expenses are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.

2018 Poster Presentation Application

Submission Evaluation and Selection

Submissions are evaluated by a panel of American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee members, and local conference committee members. Decisions are based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Interest in the topic
  • Relevance to homebrewing
  • Presenters’ credentials

Submit Your Seminar Proposal