The views and opinions expressed in this statement are those of the candidate and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) or the AHA Governing Committee.
“Promoting the art and science of homebrewing,” that is the essence of the AHA. It is something that we all benefit from. However, it is something that requires effort from both AHA staff and our fellow members to prosper. By being AHA members, we all help our cause. However, some of us have to step up and bear more of the load. I am eager to bear that load for you as a member of our AHA Governing Committee.
With over 14 years of homebrewing and nearly that duration as a member of the AHA, I have insight into our hobby and our organization that will contribute to our success. AHA continues to grow along with our hobby and the challenges for our organization grow with it. Our National Homebrew Competition and National Homebrewers Conference are so popular that they now sell out in hours. Enhancing those events to make them even better is my number one goal. As our competition bursts at the seams with popularity, we need to find ways to make the competition more accessible to the finest beers on the continent so that when those medals are awarded; those brewers know that they truly brewed the best beers in the land. Along with the explosion in popularity in our competition, our Conference continues to demand larger and larger venues. We will likely be hosting over 3,000 homebrewers at our events in the near future. My goal is to make sure that we retain the camaraderie and fun that many have experienced in those past conferences when we outgrow hotels and move into major conference centers. Promoting the interaction and sharing that is a hallmark of our conference is key to making sure that attendees want to return.
I strive to be a resource for brewers around the world with useful information on a variety of brewing topics. My Bru’n Water software and website have helped thousands of home and craft brewers solve the riddle of brewing water adjustment and improve their beer. I’ve also contributed to regional and national homebrewing as a BJCP National judge and an AHA Ale Evangelist.
I will continue as an AHA ambassador to promote our activities and programs and strengthen AHA. AHA is homebrewing’s most prominent national advocate, speaking up when bad state laws need revision and promoting a healthy beer culture. Our Zymurgy magazine and Brewers Publications are unequaled in the world and they are a result of hard work and guidance from our members. I will make sure your investment and membership in AHA continues to provide you value. I welcome your support to serve the AHA Governing Committee.
Savor the flavor, add quality to your life!