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Homebrew Clubs / Help the AHA Clean-Up our Clubs Directory
« on: May 20, 2019, 08:56:57 PM »
Hi all -

The AHA has been working on verifying data in the homebrew club directory over the last 12 months to eliminate in-inactive clubs. We've been able to eliminate ~250 clubs that we know are no longer in existence during this time.

We're asking YOU - our awesome forum community - to help us identify other clubs in the AHA directory that we should mark as in-active. Please look in the clubs directory and review the clubs that are listed in your area. If you find any that you know are no longer in existence, please comment in this thread to let us know! We would really, really appreciate any help that we can get!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Not much in WA state at all.
I can't remember the last time I even tried to use it, let alone got to use it.

You can always suggest new ones to us, and we will set them up! We just need some direction on what businesses in your area would be good for this program!

Deals so good, you'll drink yourself to death!

Ha! Not sure our marketing dept. will want to use that one - but thanks for the support!

  Not much of anything in the way of member deals in my neck of the woods, so for me it's a non-benefit. FWIW.

Let's get some deals around you, then! Send us some ideas for where you want to see 'em here:

We add at least 1 new deal every day, so I am sure we can work on getting something lined up near you!

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Member Deal Testament Quote Needed
« on: March 29, 2019, 08:00:09 PM »
Hi all - We're redesigning a few areas of the AHA website, and we'd like to add a few quotes from our members about how often they use their homebrewer discounts (aka AHA Member Deals).

If you feel so inclined to post a quote here that we'd be able to use on the website, I'd be happy to send you some AHA swag in return! We'd like to also accompany these quotes with pictures of our members homebrewing. You can post your quote here, and I'll follow up with you via email for a picture - or you can just send it all to me via email:

Also (while I have your attention) - if you have an idea for a new AHA Member Deal location, be sure to let us know. We follow up on all of the requests submitted here:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Event of AHA outside US?
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:47:08 PM »
It's so great to see a message like this. Thanks for bringing the growing homebrew community in S. Africa to our attention! Though I'm sure there's many people on staff who would be thrilled to come to do a homebrew exhibition with you, the American Homebrewers Association is largely a volunteer-run organization. Our national conference, regional competitions, and especially local homebrewing demos rely heavily on the dedication of our enthusiastic members. That's what makes the AHA such a great community - the enthusiasm for a hobby that we all love!

I think that our upcoming celebration of Big Brew is a perfect opportunity for the homebrewers in your area to join the AHA in starting an event there.

Big Brew is always celebrated on the first Saturday in May. This year will be the 22nd year, and we're anticipating over 300 homebrewing demos & events will be organized all over the world to celebrate. We usually have 12- 15 countries besides the USA participate in the celebration. You can register an event on the website, and download some of our promotional materials to help spread the word about yout event.

I hope that this helps! Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have more questions!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did my vote go through?
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:30:05 PM »
Hi all -

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I’ve added in a confirmation message at the end of the voting ballot.

All votes cast so far have been recorded. The confirmation message should clarify that from here on out. Thanks again for voting!

Homebrew Clubs / Impact of Homebrew Clubs on the Community
« on: January 24, 2019, 05:11:45 AM »
Hi all -

I'm hoping to find some specific examples of homebrew clubs impacting their community in a positive way. I'd like to gather any & all input from club members around the country (and the world!) about how their club is engaged with their local community outside of monthly meetings, brewery tours, etc.

If possible, it would be great to have specific measurable statistics, and a link to any media coverage of the club's activities. By measurable statistics, I'm referring to:

- Charitable donations: either monetary amount, or other (i.e. canned food/toy drives)
- Volunteer hours input
- Efforts undertaken to promote diversity within homebrewing
- Anything else that makes the club stand out as a community-centric entity

Also, remember that Radegast Club of the Year submissions are due on March 31:

Thanks, all! I look forward to hearing about how awesome the homebrewing community is!

- Matt

General Homebrew Discussion / 40% Off AHA Membership for 24 Hours!
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:53:08 PM »
Digital-only AHA memberships are 40% off for the next 24 hours, in honor of the AHA's 40th anniversary! Been thinking about joining for a while? TODAY is the day to do it! AHA membership comes with a subscription to Zymurgy magazine, members-only discounts at over 2,100 breweries, and much more!

The anniversary flash sale applies to renewals, too! If you are renewing your membership - your expiration date will be extended (you will not lose any time if you renew while already having a current membership).

This 24-hour FLASH SALE will end at 10 am MT (12 pm ET) on Saturday, 12/8. Hurry before the sale ends, and help us celebrate 40 years of the American Homebrewers Association!

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for Homebrew Con 2019 is Monday, December 17, 2018.

The 41st annual Homebrew Con (formerly National Homebrewers Conference) will be presented June 27 – 29, 2019 by the American Homebrewers Association in Providence, RI. The conference will welcome over 3,000 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts from all over the world.

We welcome seminar proposals from all corners of the homebrewing and craft beer world. You can find out more about how to submit a topic on the Homebrew Con website:

Think you have an idea for a topic – but would like some feedback on how to propose it? I’m happy to work with you on your proposal. Feel free to comment on this thread, or email/call me: | 720-473-7696

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Another aspect is that if YOU have an idea for a presentation but don't want to present, you can also suggest it to your Governing Committee members and we might be able to find someone else to research and present.

Since this is the first conference in the far northeast, some of you might have some ideas for locally-focused subjects that could be interesting to conference attendees. Don't be afraid of throwing your thoughts into the ring!

This is a great point. Thanks, Martin!

If anyone has an idea for a topic that they definitely want to see - but you don't know of a speaker to present it, I would encourage you to email the AHA Governing Committee with your idea:

They'll be happy to help take your idea, and turn it into a full proposal. Thanks, all!

Hello homebrewers!

Homebrew Con 2019 will take place in Providence, RI, June 27 - 29.

The AHA is now accepting proposals for educational seminars. These seminars are presented throughout the 3 days of the conference, and typically last about 60 minutes. We welcome any topic that is focused on homebrewing, or beer culture. To find out more about presenting at Homebrew Con, please read the submission guidelines, and submit your topic by following the link below:

Anyone with questions about presenting is welcome to contact me. I am happy to help!


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