2017 Santa Rosa, CA BYO Boot Camp
Hundreds of hobby homebrewers traveled to Santa Rosa, California February 24 and 25, 2017 to our second-ever Brew Your Own Boot Camp. The Boot Camp featured professional craft brewers, BYO writers, and top hobbyists leading 13 different small-class, full day workshops over the two main days covering the full spectrum of the hobby. The attendees came from 25 different states to learn from experts as well as trade advice and stories with fellow homebrewers.
The optional pre-boot camp Brewery Tours were popular and gave many attendees the opportunity to explore and tour local Sonoma County craft breweries while having a chance to speak with head brewers or owners over beer samples.
From advanced all-grain techniques to cooking with beer to troubleshooting, there were subjects for every level and style of homebrewer. In most workshops, attendees got to participate first-hand in brewing demonstrations and tastings in addition to plenty of opportunities for asking questions. During Friday’s lunch, attendees got a rare chance to enjoy Russian River Brewing’s famed Pliny the Elder Double IPA bottled just a few hours before that same morning. In addition BYO Mr. Wizard Columnist Ashton Lewis fielded audience homebrewing questions in a live version of his popular Q&A department. At Saturday’s lunch he was joined on stage by fellow Brew Your Own Columnists Gordon Strong and Michael Tonsmeire for more audience Q&A. After each day’s classes, there was an evening reception for attendees to enjoy samples from local Russian River Brewing based in Santa Rosa.
Many thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, and of course attendees who all helped make this BYO Boot Camp such a success. To check out some photos from the Santa Rosa BYO Boot Camp weekend, click here for a photo album.
The Brew Your Own Magazine Boot Camp will next head to Indianapolis, Indiana on November 3 & 4 with 18 different full-day classes. Also on June 1 & 4 we’ll be offering four workshops of interest to homebrewers in Ithaca, New York. Full details and registration information can be found here.