The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) focuses on a variety of government affairs-related activities on behalf of America’s homebrewing community. The AHA works on issues that directly affect homebrewers, such as the transportation of homebrew to competitions and events and laws relating to serving homebrew outside of the home. The AHA also recognizes the close ties between the professional and amateur craft brewing communities, and participates in the Brewers Association’s Support Your Local Brewery network to inform its members about issues facing craft beer consumers and their local breweries.
Homebrewing is federally legal in the United States, though each state has its own laws regarding homebrewing. With the passing of homebrew legalization bills in Alabama and Mississippi in 2013, all states now have laws permitting homebrewing. Mississippi law allowing home beer making does not go into effect until July 1, 2013. See Statutes for more information on state regulations.
The AHA crafted its homebrewing rights Talking Points to educate politicians on homebrewing and homebrewers and to encourage legislators to support homebrew laws that will promote the rights of homebrewers.
Support Your Local Brewery
AHA members play a key role in the Brewers Association’s Support Your Local Brewery network, a grassroots activist organization whose ranks are made up of beer enthusiasts, including AHA members, from all 50 states with the mission of assisting brewers in obtaining fair market access, as well as fair legislative and regulatory treatment. Members of the AHA are enrolled in the Support Your Local Brewery network when they join the AHA, and so will receive any Support Your Local Brewery Action Alerts regarding issues affecting their area.