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American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting Schedule

December 21, 2018

American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting
The American Hop Convention is just a month away!  This year’s event is hosted by Hop Growers of Washington.  If you need a hotel, still need to register, have questions about travel logistics to Monterey, head over to our website: https://www.usahops.org/convention/.  A reminder that our registration deadline is January 15, 2019We have a great program that we can’t wait to share with you.  Here are some Program Highlights:
 
Opening Reception at the Memory Garden & HRC Silent Auction - Wednesday, January 23rd
Kick off Convention at the historic and beautiful Spanish-style Memory Garden, sponsored by Hopsteiner.  Adjoining the Memory Garden, stroll over to the Portola Hotel’s Cottonwood Plaza for HRC’s Silent Auction.
 
General Session & Brewers Panel - Thursday, January 24th
Featured Speaker Lester Jones, the Chief Economist of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, discusses the economic status and future outlook of the brewing industry.  Bart Watson and Chris Swersey of the Brewers Association will be joined by Joseph Heaton with the Beer Institute in further discussion of the industry’s economic challenges from craft and macro perspectives. Q&A session to follow.
 
Convention takes over the Monterey Bay Aquarium - Thursday, January 24th
We’ve rented one of the world’s most famous Aquariums for a private hop industry evening event!  Big thanks to our sponsors: Rabo AgriFinance and the Brewers Association.  The party begins at 6:30pm with a private dive show at 7:00pm.
 
General Session & Merchant Panel - Friday, January 25th
Leading off with a presentation from Alex Barth, John I. Haas, representatives from Crosby Hops, S.S. Steiner, Yakima Chief Hops, Hollingbery & Son, and Charles Faram will be on hand to join in our 2019 Merchant Panel.  Q&A session to follow.
 
Featured Speaker: Dr. Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Friday, January 25th
Dr. Eric Snodgrass returns to Convention for the most in-depth evaluation of world-wide weather trends we have ever received.  American hop growing regions, snowpack and international hop growing regions will all be covered by this nationally recognized Atmospheric Scientist. Sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services.
 
Closing Dinner at the Monterey Beach House - Friday, January 25th
You’re invited to a beach party celebrating the end of Convention. Located at the Monterey Beach House, enjoy a Pacific-style BBQ, S’mores and beer. 
 
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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