MINNEAPOLIS, June 12, 2017 – Nearly 2,500 homebrewers will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the 39th Annual National Homebrewers Conference—Homebrew Con—presented by the American Homebrewers Association from Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17. This three-day conference and expo features interactive sessions, workshops and demonstrations uniting beer enthusiasts with a passion for the art, science and community of homebrewing.
“With a thriving microbrewery scene and an abundance of new taprooms to visit, Minneapolis is perfectly situated to host the American Homebrewers Association,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “This event not only gives us an opportunity to showcase the talent in our hometown, but also makes a significant economic impact in the metro area.”
Homebrew Con generates more than 3,000 hotel room nights and supports 867 jobs during its three-day event. With an estimated economic impact of $4.5 million, Homebrew Con also yields an estimated $97,000 in local tax revenue.
“Homebrew Con is the place to be if you’re a homebrewer. It brings together all levels of homebrewing aficionados to expand their brewing skills and knowledge, while embracing the community’s camaraderie and spirit,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association. “We are thrilled to meet in Minneapolis where some of the nation’s top brewers will share their expertise and empower our homebrewers to make the best beer in the world.”
This year’s keynote speaker is Omar Ansari, founder of Surly Brewing Company, one of the nation’s fastest growing and forward-thinking craft breweries. Additional presenters include more than 80 other pioneering and veteran homebrewers, beer industry professionals, mead makers and more.
Homebrew Con is also home to the final round of judging in the 2017 National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition, which recognizes the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide.