Baltimore residents might notice a few more beer enthusiasts (or snobs, depending on how you look at it) roaming around town next summer. From June 9-11 in 2016, the American Homebrew Association's yearly National Homebrewers Conference will take place in the downtown area, though exact locations have not been announced yet.
The conference centers around three days of informational speakers and seminars, capped off by evening sessions of "sampling" various professional breweries and home brew club's suds.
Within the homebrew community (full disclosure: I help run Baltimore's Baltibrew home-brew club, and we attended the 2013 conference held in Philly) it's considered a major score for your city to host the yearly conference, which rotates around the country from year to year. Baltimore last hosted back in 2005.
In addition to the seminars, this year's conference, held in San Diego, included a Thursday night welcome reception that features dozens of pro brewers slinging their beer, a Friday home-brew "club night" session highlighting a variety of not-the-same-old-IPA-bullshit beers from a slew of home-brew clubs, and a daily "social club" 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (aka, another place/excuse to drink home brew). Tickets cost $220.
Even if you're not attending, there's sure to be plenty of beer lovers touring Heavy Seas, Union Brewing, Monument City Brewing, Full Tilt, Peabody Heights, Public Works, and Raven, perusing the goods at Nepenthe and Maryland Homebrew, and knocking back pints at beer meccas such as Brewer's Art, Max's, Alewife, and Mahaffey's next summer.