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Title: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: jkeeler on May 09, 2011, 02:49:33 PM
Fellow AHA members, we all know some great homebrewers out there.  And we also know that many of them are not members of the AHA.  Whether they've let their membership lapse, or they've never signed up, it's time for us to tell them why to join.

Michael Dawson from Northern Brewer (my co-host on Brewing TV and office-mate at Northern Brewer) finally pulled trigger on joining the AHA after being a homebrewer for 17 years!  Read his story as to why he waited so long, and how he finally saw the light:

http://northernbrewer.blogspot.com/2011/05/why-i-am-aha-member-and-you-should-be.html

It's an empowering call to become a member, and I encourage you all to pass it along, and/or take up the effort and spirit and get every last homebrewer signed up!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-brUliuugwDo/TbbZlKakQ1I/AAAAAAAAAMY/ogE47eLuYcQ/s1600/joincrazy.png)

cheers

Jake Keeler
Vice-Chair - AHA Governing Committee

Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: maxieboy on May 09, 2011, 03:20:02 PM
Right on Jake! On a related note, virtually every time I look at who's online on this board, the guests outnumber members! C'mon peeps, quit treating nickels like manhole covers and join up!  8)
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: gordonstrong on May 09, 2011, 03:36:14 PM
Don't let that picture of Fletty scare you off.  Do it!
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: weithman5 on May 09, 2011, 04:35:22 PM
Go team AHA 8)
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: jhwk on May 09, 2011, 06:13:47 PM
Then why not go full bore and become a Life Member???

That's what I did!   ;D

just wish it came with something other than a t-shirt...
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: cheba420 on May 10, 2011, 03:27:04 AM
Yeah....everyone needs to member up. Come on, gentlemen...lets go!
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: BrewingRover on May 10, 2011, 08:41:23 PM
Right on Jake! On a related note, virtually every time I look at who's online on this board, the guests outnumber members! C'mon peeps, quit treating nickels like manhole covers and join up!  8)
I'm fairly sure that refers to registered users of the forum online versus unregistered users, not AHA member status.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: homebrewgamecock on May 10, 2011, 09:46:18 PM
I have been a member for about 10 years now and it's worth.  I like to support the organization that champions homebrewing and its causes.

Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: jhwk on May 10, 2011, 10:49:39 PM
President of the local homebrew club.  We held an AHA rally at our new brewery recently and I decided that I needed to lead from the front.  Life membership - many of my attending club members went for membership - with a few going for a 3 year option.

Man up indeed!  If you believe in something and act like a leader, others will follow.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: dogismycopilot on May 11, 2011, 12:02:55 AM
Excellent blog post...  Thanks for sharing, Jake!
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: maxieboy on May 11, 2011, 12:46:54 AM
Right on Jake! On a related note, virtually every time I look at who's online on this board, the guests outnumber members! C'mon peeps, quit treating nickels like manhole covers and join up!  8)
I'm fairly sure that refers to registered users of the forum online versus unregistered users, not AHA member status.

Ah, true. Everyone using this board needs to join!  8)
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: jamminbrew on May 11, 2011, 12:54:58 AM
Got ya covered, I whole heartedly encourage anyone who is not a member to sign up!  I've already gotten my money's worth with the local pub discounts!  Worth every penny!
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: bluesman on May 11, 2011, 01:13:19 AM
There's no better way to support our community and to show how you can support our cause. Join the craft beer movement. Join the AHA!

Do it now!   

Cheers!  8)
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: gmac on May 11, 2011, 01:21:21 AM
Just got my AHA membership card today! 
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: oscarvan on May 11, 2011, 02:06:36 AM
I is a member and it has already paid for itself.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: zacbwb on May 11, 2011, 03:53:36 PM
I have paid off my membership about 10 times over with the 10% discount at Northern Brewer in St. Paul.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: Mark G on May 11, 2011, 04:28:21 PM
I have paid off my membership about 10 times over with the 10% discount at Northern Brewer in St. Paul.
I discovered recently that they'll give the discount with online orders as well. Just provide your membership number in the comments field of the order form, or call them after you place the order. I'm pretty sure my membership will have paid itself off with my next order.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: glastctbrew on May 11, 2011, 04:50:01 PM
I have paid off my membership about 10 times over with the 10% discount at Northern Brewer in St. Paul.
I discovered recently that they'll give the discount with online orders as well. Just provide your membership number in the comments field of the order form, or call them after you place the order. I'm pretty sure my membership will have paid itself off with my next order.

Thanks for the tip regarding online orders, that will save a bunch of cash!
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: scooter2374 on May 12, 2011, 12:45:23 AM
I joined up before I even brewed my first batch. I figured it couldn't possibly be a bad thing
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: dano14041 on May 12, 2011, 01:11:26 AM
I joined up before I even brewed my first batch. I figured it couldn't possibly be a bad thing

+1

I also thought you had to be a member to get into the forum. Nobody would give all this good advice away for free!  ::)
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: maxieboy on May 12, 2011, 01:19:42 AM
Nobody would give all this good advice away for free!  ::)

AHA members do! Even more reason to join...
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: kgs on May 12, 2011, 02:47:58 AM
One of my "other" hats is as a writer/essayist. In one writing group I managed, I remember one writer commenting, "What a great place America is, to have such a thing as an association of homebrewers."

When you think about it, so true. And I am active in my work-related association, also very satisfying for me, but I really love the congeniality of AHA. When I'm asked about homebrewers, I describe us as a largely peaceful, agrarian group. We help malted barley become beer.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: colinhayes on May 12, 2011, 08:46:40 PM
People in Chicago have no excuse.  The discount at brew & grow and the Goose brewpub pay for the membership REAL quick.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: joelambic on May 12, 2011, 09:37:59 PM
People in Chicago have no excuse.  The discount at brew & grow and the Goose brewpub pay for the membership REAL quick.

The Chicago area has quite a few pubs that are part of the Pub Discount Program: Goose Island, Rock Bottom, Gordon Biersch, Flossmoor Station, Haymarket, Luck Monk, Mickey Finn's, and even Granite City.  Just bear in mind that Illinois' anti-Happy Hour law does not permit discounts on alcohol unless they are for everyone and for the entire day.  That being said, I do know a few places on the above list that some how manage to apply the discount to the entire order.

Many of the Chicago area clubs have AHA Evangaleists that can offer slight discounts on memberships.  If you attend one of the club meetings just ask one of the club officers.  FYI, I am one for the Chicago Beer Society but have also signed people up who are members of other area clubs.  PM me if you can't locate someone.

  Joe
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: colinhayes on May 14, 2011, 10:01:33 PM
That being said, I do know a few places on the above list that some how manage to apply the discount to the entire order.
yup, goose does 20% on the entire order (not sure how they get around that), which makes up the $38 REAL quick.  haymarket did 20% on food when I went there.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: tschmidlin on May 15, 2011, 06:10:51 AM
The pub discount program is not available in WA state for a variety of stupid reason I won't go into.  The point is that is obviously not why I'm a member.

I'm a member because I love zymurgy and Zymurgy, and nothing beats the conference.  But beyond that, I think it is really important to have a strong AHA to make sure that our rights as homebrewers are protected, from Oregon's problems in the last year to Alabama's current mess.  Even if the AHA can only supply statistics, a point of reference, and expert advice, that is invaluable when it comes to growing the hobby, improving the beer in any area, and passing legislation.

It's great that so many people see a value in the pub discount program, but there is a lot more to be gained from the AHA than just that.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: mxstar21 on May 16, 2011, 09:56:00 AM
I joined because it seems like a great organization.  I signed up initially for 3 years, my next renewal will be a lifetime renewal.  I don't really get too many benefits since I live in Hawaii.  Not a big deal though.  My first issue of Zymurgy was awesome, plus I like the fact I have access to many more competitions.  If you are a home-brewer, you should join the organization that fights for your rights.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: gymrat on May 20, 2011, 05:48:29 PM
I wish I knew there was a NB discount a few days ago. I could have saved 9 bucks.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: tschmidlin on May 20, 2011, 05:52:40 PM
I wish I knew there was a NB discount a few days ago. I could have saved 9 bucks.
Dammit!!!  I forgot, my order arrived yesterday.  Next time maybe I'll remember.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: denny on May 20, 2011, 06:47:55 PM
I wish I knew there was a NB discount a few days ago. I could have saved 9 bucks.
Dammit!!!  I forgot, my order arrived yesterday.  Next time maybe I'll remember.

I ordered a new burner from them and just used the discount for the first time.  5% IIRC.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: bluesman on May 20, 2011, 06:52:35 PM
Really nice benefit. I'll have to try to remember that the next time I order from NB. I've purchased quite alot of beer gear from NB over the years. They're a great source.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: homebrewgamecock on May 20, 2011, 07:07:42 PM
Good news about NB.  Did not know about the discount with them.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: Kit B on May 20, 2011, 07:09:34 PM
I'm fairly sure that refers to registered users of the forum online versus unregistered users, not AHA member status.

Yep...I browse the topics without logging in, until I find something worth a reply...I'm sure that a lot of us do it that way.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: ryang on May 20, 2011, 07:15:31 PM
I ordered a new burner from them and just used the discount for the first time.  5% IIRC.

Yes, 5% not 10 for online orders.  10% in-store.  Just got the clarification earlier this week.
Title: Re: Why I'm an AHA member (and why you should be too)
Post by: tschmidlin on May 20, 2011, 07:21:13 PM
I ordered a new burner from them and just used the discount for the first time.  5% IIRC.

Yes, 5% not 10 for online orders.  10% in-store.  Just got the clarification earlier this week.
Better than the 0% I got on mine since I didn't ask for it. :)

It would have only been a couple of dollars, but that adds up eventually.