Homebrew Con Cancellation Information

Notice of Cancellation

After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state, and local authorities, we regret to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel Homebrew Con 2020.

As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and the homebrew community.

We are pleased to announce that we will convene a portion of Homebrew Con Online June 18-20. Homebrew Con Online, curated exclusively for American Homebrewers Association members, will feature an all-star lineup of speakers for just $99. Learn more and register.

As a Homebrew Con 2020 registered attendee, we are pleased to present you with two options:

  1. Transfer your registration (including any add-ons) to Homebrew Con 2021 (June 17-19, 2021 in San Diego at the Town and Country) and lock in your spot at the guaranteed lowest price.If you would like to transfer your registration to 2021 please submit this form by Friday, May 22, 2020.
  2. Receive a full refund of your 2020 Homebrew Con registration (including add-ons).If you would like a full refund, no action is necessary. Refunds will be issued automatically to the original credit card used for purchase by Tuesday, June 9.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below for additional information about refunds and more information. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience.

Attendees will receive an email confirming refunds no later than June 9, 2020. Please contact HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org with questions regarding your registration refund.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience.

Please keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe, and we hope you will join us for Homebrew Con Online June 18-20, and again June 17-19, 2021 in San Diego for Homebrew Con 2021.

Cancellation FAQs

Why is Homebrew Con canceled?

The American Homebrewers Association has been following the situation around COVID-19 as it relates to Homebrew Con. We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as state and local governments.

As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and homebrew community.

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Are all ancillary events associated with Homebrew Con canceled?

Yes. All AHA-produced events are also canceled.

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Is the National Homebrew Competition canceled?

Yes. All entrants have been notified. See the announcement from the competition director.

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Are all other non-AHA events associated with Homebrew Con canceled?

It will be up to the producers of these events to determine whether or not they will continue.

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Will Homebrew Con be postponed until a later date or rescheduled?

Meetings the size of Homebrew Con are planned years in advance, with coordination with cities large enough to accommodate thousands of people at once. As such, rescheduling for 2020 is regrettably not an option. We are pleased to announce that we will convene the best of Homebrew Con virtually, from June 18-20, 2020. Homebrew Con Online, curated exclusively for AHA members, will feature an all-star lineup of speakers for just $99. Learn more and register.

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What led to the decision to cancel?

The American Homebrewers Association did not make this decision lightly. We have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as state and local governments. We have also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and globally. It was our hope that time would be on our side and the situation would subside. However, as the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and homebrew community.

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When/where is Homebrew Con 2021?

June 17-19, 2021 in San Diego, CA at the Town and Country

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What is the attendee refund policy?

The American Homebrewers Association will provide a full refund of Homebrew Con registration fees for all attendees. Attendees will receive an email confirming your refund no later than June 9. You do not need to request a refund. They will be issued automatically.

If you would like to transfer your registration to Homebrew Con 2021 (June 17-19, 2021 in San Diego) and lock in your spot at the guaranteed lowest price, please notify us here before Friday, May 22.

Please contact HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org with any questions regarding your registration refund.

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Will the V.I.B. upgrade, pre-conference workshops, and T-shirts be refunded or transferred?

If you opt to transfer your registration to HBC 2021, all add-ons will also be transferred. No partial transfers available. Please contact us here to transfer your registration.

If you would like a refund. No action is necessary, refunds, including all add-on options selected, will be refunded unless you opt to transfer your registration to 2021.

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I registered and purchased membership together. Can I keep my membership/Will my membership be canceled?

Your AHA membership will remain valid and you will receive a refund for your registration. Memberships will be processed in May 2020. If you need to cancel your membership and receive a refund, please contact us at HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org.

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Can I still get my Homebrew Con 2020 t-shirt?

Regrettably, the 2020 Homebrew Con merchandise was not manufactured. Shop our AHA store for the latest assortment of homebrew wearables.

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When will refunds be issued?

Attendees will receive an email confirming your refund no later than June 9.

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If I canceled early, am I now eligible for a full refund?

Yes. Attendees will receive an email confirming your refund no later than June 9, unless you opt to transfer your registration to 2021. You do not need to request a refund. They will be issued automatically.

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The credit card I used to pay for my registration is no longer valid.

Please complete this form here to update your refund information.

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Can I apply my 2020 registration to 2021 Homebrew Con?

Yes. If you would like to transfer your registration to 2021, please complete this form here before May 22, 2020.

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Will attendees and exhibitors be refunded for airline tickets?

The American Homebrewers Association will not refund individual airline ticket costs. Please contact your airline directly regarding ticket cancellations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps.

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Will I be refunded for hotel costs?

The American Homebrewers Association will not refund individual hotel costs.

For those staying at the host hotel, Gaylord Opryland Resort, your reservation will be automatically canceled. You should receive a refund and cancellation confirmation directly from the hotel via Passkey at Gaylord Opryland no later than May 21, 2020. If you do not receive this cancellation please call Marriott International customer service, 1 (800) 535-4028,  or email resvmgr@nullgaylordhotels.com.

For those not staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, please contact your hotel directly to cancel or modify your reservation.

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Will sponsorship packages be refunded?

Yes. All sponsors will receive a full refund. We anticipate all refunds will be issued within 60 days. You do not need to request a refund. They will be issued automatically.

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Will any seminar sessions be made available virtually?

We are pleased to announce that we will convene a portion of Homebrew Con online, June 18-20, 2020. Homebrew Con Online, an exclusive for AHA members, will feature the best of Homebrew Con’s speakers for just $99. Learn more and register.

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What are the future dates of Homebrew Con?

June 17-19, 2021, San Diego, California

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Do exhibitors have access to an attendee list?

Yes, an attendee mailing list (for physical mailings – no email) will be available. The list will only include attendees that opted in to have their information shared during the registration process. We are working on getting this information out to all exhibitors. You do not need to send a request.

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Coronavirus Resources:


Attendee Update: April 13, 2020

Dear American Homebrewers Association members and Homebrew Lovers,

With Homebrew Con 2020 two months away, we have not made any changes to the dates or location. We’re still planning on June 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Given the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we have extended the early registration deadline indefinitely.

The city of Nashville currently has a Safe at Home order in place through April 24.  In the event that the local or federal authorities encourage us to postpone or cancel Homebrew Con, registered attendees will receive a full refund. We will email all registrants if this is the case.

We will post an updates in a coming weeks as we have new information.

In the meantime, stay safe, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,

The staff at the American Homebrewers Association

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Attendee Update: March 30, 2020

Dear American Homebrewers Association members and Homebrew Lovers,

With Homebrew Con 2020 three months away, we have not made any changes to the dates or location. We’re still planning on June 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

In the event that the local or federal authorities encourage us to postpone or cancel Homebrew Con, registered attendees will receive a full refund. We will email all registrants if this is the case.

We will post an update in a few weeks as we have new information.

In the meantime, stay safe, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,

The staff at the American Homebrewers Association

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Attendee Update: March 6, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) are top of mind for our members, guests, and exhibitors who plan to attend Homebrew Con 2020 in June and would like to take an opportunity to provide you with a few updates and resources.

The American Homebrewers Association continues to closely monitor the developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and is in close and regular contact with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Currently, there are no plans to cancel or reschedule the event.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus and the city’s response, please visit https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Coronavirus.aspx.

Currently, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent meetings and travel in the United States. However, misinformation– in the news, on social media and other channels has led to some incorrect assumptions and premature calls for meeting cancellations in the U.S.

For additional questions, please contact HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org and a team member will respond as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming the homebrewing community to Nashville in June!

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Homebrew Con Cancellation and Refund Policy

Hop Additions/Add-on Cancellations:

  • T-Shirts, V.I.B., Pre-Conference Workshops, Brewery Tours cancellations made by April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT  are entitled to a full refund.

Registration Cancellations:

  • Cancellations made by May 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will be entitled to a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between May 9 – May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will receive a 50% refund.*
  • Cancellations made after May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will not be refunded nor will credits for future conferences be issued.*

*If we are forced to cancel the event due to travel or other restrictions mandated by local, state or federal authorities, full refunds will be provided.

Health and Wellness at Homebrew Con:

The American Homebrewers Association is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all attendees and is working with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to ensure extra attention is paid to cleanliness.

The City of Nashville’s Response:

The most up to date information on COVID-19 from the City of Nashville can be found here.

From the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and Marriott International:

Marriott International: COVID-19 Update: March 4, 2020

“OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE A HEALTHY STAY

“Thank you for inquiring about our efforts to ensure that our hotel remains a comfortable and safe environment for our guests and our associates.

“We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. Our leadership team has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are following the guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments on appropriate hygiene standards. Our health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more thoughtful as we go through our daily activities. Our associates are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and we encourage you to do the same. These include:

•  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

•  Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•  Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•  Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

“[Our] team is committed to making your stay a pleasant one. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to assist you.”

Statement on March 6, 2020 regarding COVID-19 from Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp:

“We are aware that Tennessee’s first case of COVID-19 is in Williamson County. There are no known cases in Nashville/Davidson County. The state is in full containment mode, and all precautions are being taken. We are still advised by CDC and public health officials to take normal precautions of hand washing and remaining calm. We hope you will continue to support the travel industry. As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee noted, this is serious but mild and manageable.

“Our hospitality partners in Nashville are taking appropriate steps to make sure their properties are safe and comfortable. We have been in contact with several of our major properties, including the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville International Airport and Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. They are each taking standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and have adopted health and safety measures to address COVID-19. Those include increased cleaning and disinfecting, enhanced hand sanitizer stations, education awareness of staff and more.

“We remain in regular communication with our national hospitality industry advocates and local partners regarding the latest updates and appropriate preparations. Nashville has faced other critical situations that have impacted our industry in the past and we have always taken them seriously and managed them well, such as 9/11 and the 2010 flood. We will continue to be vigilant and communicative with our national and local partners, our clients and public health experts.”

Guidance for Travelers:

Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. At this time, there are no restrictions on travel within the United States.

Key facts to know from World Health Organization:

Health officials are recommending the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season (e.g., frequent hand washing). If we all follow the advice below from World Health Organization, and are aware of what to look for, the impacts of this can be managed. The American Homebrewers Association will be coordinating with the City of Nashville as things evolve.

  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Disinfect surfaces you touch often
  • Don’t touch your face
  • No need for a face mask if you are not sick
  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever or cough
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and call your doctor
  • Those over age 60, or with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease are at higher risk for serious infection
  • Initial symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and dry cough, but not everyone has signs of infection

Coronavirus Resources:


Attendee Update: April 13, 2020

Dear American Homebrewers Association members and Homebrew Lovers,

With Homebrew Con 2020 two months away, we have not made any changes to the dates or location. We’re still planning on June 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Given the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we have extended the early registration deadline indefinitely.

The city of Nashville currently has a Safe at Home order in place through April 24.  In the event that the local or federal authorities encourage us to postpone or cancel Homebrew Con, registered attendees will receive a full refund. We will email all registrants if this is the case.

We will post an updates in a coming weeks as we have new information.

In the meantime, stay safe, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,

The staff at the American Homebrewers Association

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Attendee Update: March 30, 2020

Dear American Homebrewers Association members and Homebrew Lovers,

With Homebrew Con 2020 three months away, we have not made any changes to the dates or location. We’re still planning on June 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

In the event that the local or federal authorities encourage us to postpone or cancel Homebrew Con, registered attendees will receive a full refund. We will email all registrants if this is the case.

We will post an update in a few weeks as we have new information.

In the meantime, stay safe, relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,

The staff at the American Homebrewers Association

###


Attendee Update: March 6, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) are top of mind for our members, guests, and exhibitors who plan to attend Homebrew Con 2020 in June and would like to take an opportunity to provide you with a few updates and resources.

The American Homebrewers Association continues to closely monitor the developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and is in close and regular contact with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Currently, there are no plans to cancel or reschedule the event.

If you have any questions about the coronavirus and the city’s response, please visit https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Coronavirus.aspx.

Currently, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent meetings and travel in the United States. However, misinformation– in the news, on social media and other channels has led to some incorrect assumptions and premature calls for meeting cancellations in the U.S.

For additional questions, please contact HBC20@nullbrewersassociation.org and a team member will respond as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming the homebrewing community to Nashville in June!

###


Homebrew Con Cancellation and Refund Policy

Hop Additions/Add-on Cancellations:

  • T-Shirts, V.I.B., Pre-Conference Workshops, Brewery Tours cancellations made by April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT  are entitled to a full refund.

Registration Cancellations:

  • Cancellations made by May 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will be entitled to a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between May 9 – May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will receive a 50% refund.*
  • Cancellations made after May 29, 2020, 11:59 p.m. MT will not be refunded nor will credits for future conferences be issued.*

*If we are forced to cancel the event due to travel or other restrictions mandated by local, state or federal authorities, full refunds will be provided.

Health and Wellness at Homebrew Con:

The American Homebrewers Association is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all attendees and is working with the City of Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center to ensure extra attention is paid to cleanliness.

The City of Nashville’s Response:

The most up to date information on COVID-19 from the City of Nashville can be found here.

From the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and Marriott International:

Marriott International: COVID-19 Update: March 4, 2020

“OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE A HEALTHY STAY

“Thank you for inquiring about our efforts to ensure that our hotel remains a comfortable and safe environment for our guests and our associates.

“We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. Our leadership team has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are following the guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments on appropriate hygiene standards. Our health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19, and include everything from handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to guest room and common area cleaning procedures. We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more thoughtful as we go through our daily activities. Our associates are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and we encourage you to do the same. These include:

•  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

•  Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•  Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•  Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

“[Our] team is committed to making your stay a pleasant one. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to assist you.”

Statement on March 6, 2020 regarding COVID-19 from Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp:

“We are aware that Tennessee’s first case of COVID-19 is in Williamson County. There are no known cases in Nashville/Davidson County. The state is in full containment mode, and all precautions are being taken. We are still advised by CDC and public health officials to take normal precautions of hand washing and remaining calm. We hope you will continue to support the travel industry. As Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee noted, this is serious but mild and manageable.

“Our hospitality partners in Nashville are taking appropriate steps to make sure their properties are safe and comfortable. We have been in contact with several of our major properties, including the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville International Airport and Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. They are each taking standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and have adopted health and safety measures to address COVID-19. Those include increased cleaning and disinfecting, enhanced hand sanitizer stations, education awareness of staff and more.

“We remain in regular communication with our national hospitality industry advocates and local partners regarding the latest updates and appropriate preparations. Nashville has faced other critical situations that have impacted our industry in the past and we have always taken them seriously and managed them well, such as 9/11 and the 2010 flood. We will continue to be vigilant and communicative with our national and local partners, our clients and public health experts.”

Guidance for Travelers:

Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. At this time, there are no restrictions on travel within the United States.

Key facts to know from World Health Organization:

Health officials are recommending the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season (e.g., frequent hand washing). If we all follow the advice below from World Health Organization, and are aware of what to look for, the impacts of this can be managed. The American Homebrewers Association will be coordinating with the City of Nashville as things evolve.

  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Disinfect surfaces you touch often
  • Don’t touch your face
  • No need for a face mask if you are not sick
  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever or cough
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • If you feel unwell, stay home and call your doctor
  • Those over age 60, or with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease are at higher risk for serious infection
  • Initial symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and dry cough, but not everyone has signs of infection