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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!

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:

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

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!


Hi all -

The Hilton, Hyatt House, Jupiter, and Hotel Rose have all extended the cut-off day for discounted rates until tomorrow, Friday June 8. If you're traveling to Portland later this month, please be sure to make your lodging reservations soon!

Classifieds / Casting Call: The Great American Baking Show
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:04:05 PM »
Hi all -

I received a call from the casting producer of The Great American Baking Show this afternoon. They're looking for contestants for the show, and given the common crossover of the beer & culinary worlds, they were hoping to get in contact with members of the homebrewing community. If you, or anyone you know is interested, feel free to contact them directly:

Matthew Nakamura
Casting Producer, The Great American Baking Show
Love Productions USA
o: 213-943-3893
c: 619-227-2988

Homebrew Clubs / Radegast Club of the Year Nomination Deadline is 3/31
« on: March 22, 2018, 08:23:57 PM »
Hi all -

The Radegast Club of the Year is awarded at Homebrew Con every year to the club that makes exceptional impacts in their community, and efforts to further the homebrewing hobby locally. Formerly known as the 'Awesome Club of Awesomeness Award', this club sets themselves apart through brewing & teaching, and philanthropic efforts within the homebrewing world, and beyond.

The winning club is awarded $500 to do use as they see fit, and $500 is awarded to the club's charity-of-choice.

The deadline to nominate your club is March 31, 2018. To find out more info, and to nominate your club, please follow the link below:


AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Homebrew Con Registration is Open!
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:02:04 PM »
Registration for the 40th annual Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) is now open!

Homebrew Con website:
Registration portal:

Let's take roll call! Who will we see in Portland, June 28 - 30?

If you've been to Homebrew Con before - tell me here what made it so awesome for you! Sound off, forumites!

Hi all –

The deadline to submit a seminar proposal for Homebrew Con 2018 is Monday, December 18.

Homebrew Con will take place June 28 – 30 in Portland, Oregon. The educational seminars at the conference are typically 45-50 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for Q+A at the end. We would welcome proposals from homebrewers, professional brewers, allied trade members, and beer educators & bloggers, as well as anyone with a relevant topic.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Events / Call for 2018 Homebrew Con Seminar Proposals
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:29:51 PM »
The 40th annual Homebrew Con will take place in Portland, OR, June 28 - 30, 2018. This year's Homebrew Con (aka National Homebrewers Conference) will feature over 60 educational seminars from homebrewers and craft brewers all over the country.

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) invites you to submit a topic for consideration. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, December 18. Seminar proposals will be reviewed by the AHA Governing Committee and the Homebrew Con Portland local committee. Confirmed speakers will be notified in mid-January.

Homebrew Con 2018 Call for Seminar Proposals

For more information, contact Matt Bolling:, 720-473-7696

Homebrew Clubs / Club Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline is Sept. 1
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:25:39 PM »
Hi everyone - this is a reminder that the deadline to sign your homebrew club up for general & liquor liability insurance is Friday, September 1.

More info:

The AHA-facilitated insurance option provides participating clubs with general liability insurance and liquor liability insurance ($1 million/occurrence; $3 million aggregate) that collectively covers both club meetings and club-sponsored events for up to 1,000 attendees—all at a cost to the club of just $3.50 per club member.

To learn more and/or to enroll as a club, please visit West’s Insurance.

AHA Funded Premium Reimbursement
Clubs that demonstrate an AHA membership rate of 75% or more are eligible to have their insurance premium payments reimbursed by the AHA. If at least 75% of your club’s members are also AHA members, we will issue a check to reimburse your club’s insurance premium after September 1.

Email Jenny Caldwell, a designated representative at West’s Insurance, or  phone (847-623-0456) for insurance inquiries, or contact me for questions regarding AHA membership in your club.

General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrew Con Seminar Cheat Sheet
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:46:55 PM »
Howdy all - I've seen someone put a file like this together the last few years, and figured I would save them the time/trouble and just do it myself. If you're going to HBC this week, here's a sort of 'cheat sheet' for all of the educational sessions that are being given in Minneapolis:

Or, you can look at this Google Sheet (it's non-editable):

-This does not show any Homebrew Industry Only seminars
-All seminars given at 2pm on Thursday are repeated. Repeated seminars are highlighted beige (ish?)
-Several meetings and Meet & Greets are listed on here, too
-This doe not have any BJCP events, or anything scheduled in the Homebrew Expo

I encourage everyone to download the app for the full conference overview. I just know that several people have commented that these sheets have made navigating the seminars much more manageable.

Thanks, all! See you later this week!

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