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I wanted to make all Wisconsin Homebrewers aware of an exciting new event by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in conjunction with the Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative.  Anyone wishing to participate should contact the AIGA at the email listed below.

Jason Heindel
Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:
Katie McCormack
events@wisconsin.aiga.org
 
Homebrewers and Graphic Designers to Work Together in Home Brewed Craft Beer & Logo Competition
Submissions now being accepted

February 18, 2013 
Milwaukee, WI - AIGA Wisconsin and the Beer Barons of Milwaukee are pleased to announce the first ever Home Brewed beer and logo competition. The goal of this event is to pair local designers with local homebrewers to create custom craft beer logos.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of celebrity judges. Winners will be announced at a final event happening Thursday, April 25th at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. Prizes will be awarded for best beer/logo coupling. Among the celebrity judges will be Chicago-based designer and homebrewer Randy Mosher. Mosher will also speak about his process of designing beer labels for Lakefront Brewery, Three Floyds, and others.
 
All designer/homebrewer teams are welcome to attend the final event, along with beer and design enthusiasts. Beer samples will be available for tasting, as well as a final presentation of the logos and packaging. Attendees will be able to cast their own votes for best beer-logo pairing.

Wisconsin designers and homebrewers interested in participating in this Home Brewed event should email Katie McCormack at events@wisconsin.aiga.org.
About AIGA Wisconsin
The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. AIGA Wisconsin is a state-run chapter with 400 active members that works to connect designers to one another, business and the broader world. The mission of the AIGA is to advance design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. For more information, please visit http://wisconsin.aiga.org/.

About the Beer Barons of Milwaukee

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative (BBMC) is a group of over 200 homebrewers and beer lovers who meet monthly to learn about beer and brewing. Started in 1989, the BBMC supports homebrewing and beer enthusiasts throughout their community. For more information, please visit http://beerbarons.org/.

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I am the cellar master for the two competitions that the Beer Barons of Milwaukee Cooperative operate.  We are in the planning stages for our Midwinter comp held in February.  We have been discussing how to optimize our entry sorting, categorizing, flight sorting, etc among the organizing committee.  I would like know the processes other cellaring teams use when receiving, sorting and organizing entries.  The volume of entries is 800 for the Midwinter.

How do you all work your cellaring magic?

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http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/at-issue-should-homebrew-limits-be-lifted/article_1218fbb8-494f-11e1-96d5-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=comments

Please contact your state Senators and representatives and the WI tavern league and point out that homebrewing has nothing to do with homemade bathtub gin and moonshine.  The Tavern League just showed how dumb they really are.  Remember this the next time you go to one of their constituent bars.

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Dear Fellow Wisconsin Homebrewers:

As some of you may be aware, there have been some developments in the past year with how the WI Department of Revenue interprets the current State Statues relative to homebrewing. The current statutes can be found here : https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/125/I/06 . If you take a strict interpretation of those statues, the only place one can make or enjoy your own home brewed beer is at your home or farm. This means you could not legally brew a beer and hand it over your fence to your neighbor. The Wisconsin statues are outdated and not conforming with the overall Federal statutes regarding homebrewing. you can review the AHA's copy of the Federal Statues here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/united-states . One of the highlights of the Federal Statute is the following section:

§ 25.206 Removal of beer.

Beer made under §25.205 may be removed from the premises where made for personal or family use including use at organized affairs, exhibitions or competitions such as homemaker's contests, tastings or judging. Beer removed under this section may not be sold or offered for sale.

All of those activities are not allowed by Wisconsin statute. So the State Fair beer and wine completions would not be allowed, tastings and homebrew club meetings would also not be allowed.

A group was formed earlier this year to address these problems. The AHA formed the Wisconsin Homebrewer's Alliance. The group was comprised of a member from as many homebrew clubs as we could find contacts for, homebrew shop owners, etc. This group has worked to introduce legislation to the Wisconsin Senate to correct these deficiencies. We have been asked to voice our support to our State Senators and Assembly members in support of this legislation. The proposed legislation can be found here: http://beerbarons.org/pdf/proposed_homebrew_law_11_31011.pdf

Now is the time for all Wisconsin Homebrewer's to take action and ask for your representative's to support this bill. Below is an except from an email to the Wisconsin Homebrewer's Alliance from 1/5/2012:

"...Sen. Ellis's office and a "Dear Colleague" letter is going out within minutes asking for co-sponsorship of our legislation. The co-sponsorship period is for 2 weeks starting from today. So, now is the time for all of our memberss to contact their respective Clubs to get them to contact both of their legislators. The most sponsors that we can get the better. The legislation is LRB 3101 The Ellis/Kaufert legislation. We can also contact breweries, distributors, homebrew shops, etc. We can also alert the press ...

He did give me one word of warning. Time is running short. The January floor period is taken up already leaving only February and March. The legislature is going to shut ASAP due to the recalls."

Find your local legislators here : http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

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Homebrew Competitions / Bottle Submission in to a competion
« on: February 20, 2011, 12:16:20 PM »
For all you competition organizers, would you allow this entry in to your competition.  I did, but in hindsight I don't think I should have.  if you got one that came wrapped in ratty t-shirt and and each bottle was inserted in to its own dirty, stained, hole ridden sock, would you let it on to judging?


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Competition results are available online now at http://midwinterhbc.beerbarons.org/

Thank you to all that participated.  We went from 160 entries in 2010 to 461 this year.  We hope to see your entries next year.

A big thank you to the organizers, The Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Northern Brewer, all the stewards and judges that gave their time and talents to making our competition a success.

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Competition results are available online now at http://midwinterhbc.beerbarons.org/

Thank you to all that participated.  We went from 160 entries in 2010 to 461 this year.  We hope to see your entries next year.

A big thank you to the organizers, The Milwaukee Ale House, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Northern Brewer, all the stewards and judges that gave their time and talents to making our competition a success.

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