I attended from 1995 -2002. There were major changes over that period; in the beginning equipment vendors brought equipment. It moved towards slideshows on flat screen TV's with only smaller pieces being displayed. The seminars went from brewers presenting to vendors presenting. The seminars were still informative but I always had this feeling of paying big bucks to attend a commercial.
Is it still worthwhile? Hell yea! Looks like the programs are back to brewers doing the seminars and a nice mix at that.
Would I spend the money to attend, yes. I would be attending this year but production demands require me to stay home. Spend the money and go. There is no way to put a dollar amount on the value you'll receive from networking alone. You'll meet people who will remember you when you get your brewery up and need a quick phone consultation to keep rolling.
And if all you forumites attending will drink a beer for me I'd appreciate it!
Cheers & I'm out!
David R. Pierce
NABC & Bank Street Brewhouse
New Albany, IN 47151