Requirements for Proposals
- Conference presentations are focused on homebrewing, or topics related to homebrewing.
- Check out a list of suggested topics for each Seminar Track put together by the subcommittee.
- Important! Speakers should consider creative educational formats: Standard HBC seminars are hour-long lectures. However, the HBC 2021 Seminar Selection Committee would like to encourage potential speakers to submit proposals for seminars in creative formats where appropriate. Potential formats could include workshops, roundtable discussions, short lectures, long lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and more. You will have an opportunity in the submission form to describe your preferred seminar format.
- Descriptions should accurately reflect the proposed seminar content. If selected, the text provided in the “Seminar Description” field will be used as the seminar description on the event website, and in the conference program and mobile application.
- Be prepared to provide contact information, a short biography, and a headshot for all proposed speakers when you submit your proposal.
- You can begin filling out the form and save it at any point for completion at a later date, but you must submit the form on or before January 20, 2021, in order for your proposal to be considered for review.
- Serving beer during a presentation is welcome, but is not necessary, and should only be done as it relates to your topic.
- Presentations are typically 45-50 minutes long and should allow for questions at the end. The Homebrew con Seminar Selection committee welcomes alternate formats for presenting your seminar content, and you will have the opportunity to indicate this on the proposal application.
- Seminar presenters are given one complimentary full conference registration.
- Changes such as speaker additions or topic changes after a seminar is selected will need to be approved by the HBC Seminar Selection Committee.
- Titles and content of selected seminars are subject to revision after committee review and approval.
- Travel, hotel, and other associated expenses with the conferences are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.
- Suppliers wishing to present specific information on their products should consider a sponsored demonstration. Proposals from suppliers are welcome when balanced approaches and solutions to industry issues are presented and they do not mention specific products by name.
*Please Note: It is also highly recommended that you keep a copy of your proposal content in a Word document or other external file in case of any errors during the submission process.
The AHA is accepting seminar proposals for all topics related to homebrewing, craft beer, and beer culture. Seminars will be presented in one of nine different tracks. Please choose the track that best fits the content of your seminar when submitting your proposal:
- Beyond Beer (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.).
- Community, Clubs & Competitions – this track covers anything focused on operating a homebrew club, or running a homebrew competition.
- Do-It-Yourself – for the DIY homebrewer looking to get into the nitty-gritty of their brewing gear and serving equipment.
- Going Pro – these presentations will focus on future professional brewers.
- Ingredients & Supplies – 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 & Quality– seminars designed to help the audience improve their homebrew or design the best beer possible.
Seminar Selection Subcommittee
The Homebrew Con Seminar Selection Subcommittee is formed every year in October to review proposals and select seminars for the following year’s Homebrew Con (HBC). Members of the subcommittee are nominated by Brewers Association staff or can apply for participation. The subcommittee’s main objective is to guide the topics and content at the next HBC, based on what the members believe are the most important issues and topics for the homebrewing community at this time.
Check out a list of suggested topics for each Seminar Track put together by the subcommittee.
For any questions about seminars, please email John Moorhead.
Tips & Best Practices for Proposal Submissions
- Pick a topic that is timely, relevant, thought-provoking, or that genuinely interests you.
- Be clear and captivating in your title and description! The subcommittee is reviewing over 100 proposals. A good title will invite the reviewers and attendees to join by making the topic and coverage distinct and engaging. Make sure that your descriptions support the title.
- Know a lot about a topic? Prove it! Let us know what research, case studies, examples, and anecdotes support your expertise.
- Proofread and edit what you’re submitting so reviewers know you’ve put in the time and effort for your submission.
- Think about your audience: Who attends the conference? What are the key demographics for attendees? What unique perspective or expertise can you present?
- Provide clear learning objectives and takeaways. Make sure that your proposal clearly identifies what attendees will walk away with from your presentation and why this a must-have for the conference.