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Going Pro / Re: Opening a LHBS
« on: October 18, 2017, 05:51:26 PM »
So, what we are looking for are a few resources or other LHBS owners to discuss with us some of their hurdles, business plan preparation, startup costs, supplier ideas/contacts,

Shoot me an email

While availability of most of our retail resources are limited to AHA Member Shop owners and staff, we have a number of materials and data to aide you in putting together a business plan.

Steve Parr
AHA Assistant Director

The AHA sent out an action alert yesterday to our Nebraska members about an up-coming committee hearing for Nebraska Legislative Bill 254, which would allow for homebrewers to transport serve homebrew at events and festivals.

LB254 is scheduled for a hearing before the General Affairs Committee on February 13. We ask Nebraska homebrewers to write or call members of the committee in support of the bill.

You can see the alert at:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA offers not honored
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:16:35 PM »
I had an issue with an establishment.  I travel a lot and use the program to find some good deals, most recently the server had no clue, the manager sort of knew but in the end the discount that was given was not what was advertised on the website.  I think it is more unfortunate then anything.

Hi mbarnaby. If you email me with some more information, I would be happy to reach out and contact the brewery staff to get this corrected. I'm sorry to hear you had a negative experience with the program.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA offers not honored
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:11:33 PM »
Steve, I just sent you an email. Red Brick Station in White Marsh Maryland has still refused to honor their offer. It might be time to take them off of the list of AHA perks.

Just sent you an email. The brewery has confirmed their participation in the program and plan on reaching out to you directly. It sounds like there was a miscommunication. Thank you for giving us the heads up so we could reach out to them and get this corrected.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA offers not honored
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:02:16 PM »
Has anyone else had the blowoff when trying to use an AHA perk? I have a local joint that won't honor their offer and didn't know if anyone else had a similar situation.

Hi Butter,

I'm sorry to hear you had trouble with an AHA Member Deal. It's rare for a business to discontinue participation in the program. Due to employee turnover, or participating locations that may not get a lot of AHA member traffic, there can be a lack of communication regarding participation over time resulting in errors like this.

Fortunately, when AHA members alert us of these kinds of occurrences it can be fixed with a quick phone call or email to the owner or original contact that established the offer.

Please reach out to me directly ( to get this taken care of.

Furthermore, I welcome any and all AHA members to contact me with potential businesses in their area that they would like to see involved in the program. It always helps to hear from the AHA members where they would like to see offers coming from, and growing the program's list of more than 1,000 businesses is an ongoing effort of AHA staff.




American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members receive discounts and special offers at more than 1,000 participating Brewers Association member breweries, pubs, restaurants, homebrew supply shops and more. Your membership could pay for itself! Show your AHA member card and valid ID when you order to redeem AHA Member Deal offers!

The Member Deals Locator is a mobile-friendly database that makes finding a participating business easy by using your smartphone's GPS capabilities to locate nearby deals wherever you are. Check it out at home or while traveling at!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:38:15 PM »
I am new to the forum and newly joined the AHA. It's already nice to have access to zymurgy and when I get my member card I can take advantage of a few discounts (although GA doesn't really have a whole lot of participation). I'm kind of jealous that most of the rallies and discounts are out west, but maybe some cool stuff will eventually come eastbound.How can I "persuade" some of the finer beer drinking establishments here in the Atlanta area to get on board with the AHA discount program? I know a lot of places that have craft beer events all the time, but most do not show any support for the AHA, which seems counter productive to me. :)

Greetings and welcome to the AHA! I'm glad to hear that you have already started enjoying some of the benefits of being a member. We are always looking to increase participation in the AHA Member Deals program, and as you can imagine there are great breweries and craft beer bars popping up all over the place. Feel free to send me an email with suggested participants for the program. It always helps to hear from the AHA members where they would like to see offers coming from.

In addition to my attempts at getting new businesses on board, AHA members can help spread the word by talking to tap room or bar managers at their local establishments about the program. There is a whole page dedicated to the AHA Member Deals Program on the AHA site under "Business Tools".

Here business owners can find information about the program, the AHA, and a list of promotional benefits for participating in the program.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:17:12 PM »
I am contemplating (rather seriously) about starting a Craft Beer and Home Brew Supply....

Hi Gordonwerks!

The AHA has compiled some resources that may assist you in putting together a business plan for a homebrew supply shop. If you email me (, I would be happy to forward your way. Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Meadmaker Book Promo Code
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:07:47 PM »
When I enter the promo code for the Compleat Meadmaker in the membership signup page, there is no feedback that the code was accepted.  Normally, I would expect to see the book listed with the membership subscription on the checkout page.  I also tried entering random characters and it behaved the same.  Should it list the book?

Hi James.

The code for the free book does not show up on the receipts, but is visible to our team processing new memberships.

If you would like to confirm that the promo code was entered correctly, you may contact Member Services and they can check for you: 1.888.822.6273 ext. 0 or


Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:32:36 PM »
Just saw the app in the Apple app store. I guess those of us who have not "upgraded" from the first gen iPad are out of luck. App is for iOS 6 only...

Quick update...

The app was approved by Apple and will be available in the app store once we've worked out some final bugs.

iOS5 will be supported.

Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: June 13, 2013, 09:07:38 PM »
The convention center parking facility is offering discounted (50% Off) parking for the conference. A coupon is available for download now on the conference website:

Registration for the National Homebrewers Conference is right around the corner.  Make sure to register on February 5th so you don't miss out on this weekend of homebrewed fun and excitement.

Going Pro / Re: Homebrew Shop Statistics
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:02:46 PM »
I realize that this category is supposed to be reserved for brewers looking to go professional as an actual brewer, but I was unable to find a category for homebrew shop owner wannabees.  If there is a category that I overlooked, please move me or let me know where I should've posted.  Basically I am looking for information on where I can find statistics and analytical models on what I should look for in my area where I would like to open my homebrew store.  I have found some models on population derived statistics but I would like to locate the most up to date information to base my business plan on.  Mostly what I am looking for is information on (1) how many members are there in the AHA?  (2) What is the estimated percentage of homebrewers in the AHA versus the nation as a whole?  (3) What kind of population in my service area would be necessary to support a homebrew shop.  I live in an area devoid of homebrew shops and have a lot of great ideas on how one shoud be run but need some sort of basis to ground my business plan in.  Any help you guys have would be most helpful.

Hi there, 

If you want to email me directly, I would be more than happy to share some of the information we have available for homebrew shops in-planning.


Steve Parr
AHA Business Coordinator

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pub Discount Program
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:47:53 PM »
I know this is an old topic, but I found this idea to work well last week:
I took my tablet with me to a couple of pubs to catch up on emails and forums while having a beer or two, since I am living smart phone free.
When the waiter at each place didn't know about the AHA Pub Discount Program, I showed him the web page with his restaurant/pub and the discount offer.  Worked great.

We're working to increase awareness of participation, and make it easier for members to take advantage of these member deals. Expect to see big news for PDP in the next week.

Homebrew Clubs / AHA Web Banner for Homebrew Clubs
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:16:06 PM »
Greetings Homebrewers & Club Members!

Has your club ever considered hosting an AHA Web Banner on your club's website?

Show your support of the AHA while earning some extra cash for your club! More information here:

When club members click on your AHA Web Banner they are redirected to the AHA's online store. Any membership purchases are tracked online, so a one-, two-, three-year US, International, or Household memberships purchased by that click-through make money for your club.

For more information on how to get involved, email me at


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