Boulder, Colo.• – Ken Grossman, co-founder and president of the
Chico, Calif. based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be the keynote speaker at the
31st annual American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrewers
Conference, scheduled for June 18-20, 2009 in Oakland, Calif. An estimated 1,000
homebrewers are expected to attend.
Grossman began brewing on a five-gallon system after he was introduced to the
homebrewing hobby by a friend. He went on to study chemistry and physics at
California State University at Chico and opened The Home Brew Shop in 1976. Two
years later he began work on what would become the Sierra Nevada Brewing
Co. The first batch of now famous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was brewed on November
”For me, homebrewing was my route to opening my brewery,” said Grossman. “The
current level of knowledge, ingredient availability and innovation in
homebrewing is still driving a lot of the creativity in the craft and larger
Attendees can plan on educational seminars as well as nightly activities
including Pro Brewers Night and Club Night. The 2009 conference, to be held at
the Oakland Marriott City Center , will feature inspiring and informative
speakers from all arenas of the brewing world.
“I attended my first homebrew conference in the Bay Area in the mid-seventies,
during that time I owned The Home Brew Shop,” said Grossman. “Just like now, it
was an exciting time to be a homebrewer.”
Registration is now open for the conference and tickets are expected to go
quickly. Information on the conference can be found at www.AHAconference.org.