Last week I attended the International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions Congress in Portland, Oregon. This has been my favourite meeting for some time and this year was no exception. It was five days of great science, twitter madness (over 10K tweets!!), reuniting with old friends, and establishing new collaborations. Over the week, we made a point to sample craft beer from as many of Portland's famed microbreweries as we could - my favourites were the rooftop at 10 Barrel and the spectacular view at Thunder Island. I'm already looking forward to the 2019 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2021 meeting in Jeju, Korea. See you there!