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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of Louisiana, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of Louisiana and the community of beer drinkers.

Please read the following information provided by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild.

April 16, 2018

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild is asking you to please contact the committee members of the Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee by Tuesday morning, April 17 and ask them to support the Louisiana brewery amendment to Senate Bill 314 and passage of the bill with that amendment.

Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild: http://www.labeer.org/

As currently written, Senate Bill 314 would allow native wineries to self-distribute a certain amount of the wine they produce, something that is currently not allowed in Louisiana for any alcohol manufacturer. The amendment being offered on Tuesday would allow small breweries in our state to also self-distribute a reasonable amount of the beer they produce.

Full Senate Bill 314: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1072601

Louisiana is one of only a handful of states that do not allow breweries to distribute their own beer, so they must rely 100 percent on beer distributors to deliver their beer into stores, bars and restaurants. Distributors can only effectively manage a limited number of different brands of beer, but with the ability to self-distribute, small brewers themselves can build and strengthen their brands (many of which may not currently be distributed), providing the market with more choice and variety while growing their small, independently owned businesses organically.

We need your immediate help in contacting the following senators and asking them to support Louisiana’s small brewers by voting for the brewery amendment and passage of the amended bill. The bill will be heard by the committee Tuesday afternoon. 

Click below to determine if you are a constituent of any of these senators and if you are, be sure to emphasize that fact. Regardless, please reach out to as many of these senators as you can to make your opinion known and to relate why small brewers and their success are important to you.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx

Senator Gary Smith (Chair) - Norco
(985) 764-9122
smithgl@legis.la.gov

Senator Ronnie Johns (Vice-Chair) - Lake Charles
(337) 491-2016
johnsr@legis.la.gov

Senator Norbèrt N. "Norby" Chabert - Houma
(985) 858-2927
chabertn@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur - Ville Platte
(337) 363-5019
(877) 396-4600
lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell - New Orleans
(504) 284-4794
morrelljp@legis.la.gov

Senator Karen Carter Peterson - New Orleans
(504) 568-8346
petersonk@legis.la.gov

Senator Gregory Tarver - Shreveport
(318) 227-1499
tarverg@legis.la.gov

Thanks for your time in support of Louisiana brewers.

Karlos Knott
Bayou Teche Brewing
President, Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild

Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of Louisiana.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of Wisconsin, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Wisconsin.

February 15, 2018

The Wisconsin Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the state’s small and independent brewers and the community of beer drinkers.

Please read the following information provided by the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

The Wisconsin Brewers Guild strongly opposes Senate Bill 801 and we need your help to defeat it.

Last summer, the craft beer community helped prevent a “liquor czar” proposal from advancing in the legislature that would have done great harm to the independent craft breweries of Wisconsin. This week, the Wisconsin State Senate has resurrected the “liquor czar” proposal by introducing Senate Bill 801.

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/proposals/sb801.pdf

The “liquor czar” bill also has been expanded to include a special permit that exempts a single multi-million dollar resort from the laws and regulations all other alcohol beverage producers in Wisconsin must abide. This “resort manufacturer” permit would be limited to a resort that includes at least 300 guest rooms, at least one spa, and a 36-hole championship golf course.

The Wisconsin Brewers Guild urges all supporters of Wisconsin’s small and independent breweries to contact your State Senator and ask them to OPPOSE SB 801. You can find the phone numbers for your state Senator by entering your home address here. http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/

Politely identify yourself by name as a constituent and state that you are calling to ask them to oppose SB 801, which would create a politically appointed “liquor czar.” This “liquor czar” proposal seeks to embed a hardline definition of “the three-tier system” into law that lays the groundwork toward imposing limitations on how small breweries get their beer to market.

Tell them that the bill also gives one single multi-million dollar company an exemption from the laws and regulations that all other small craft beverage producers must follow. Ask them to oppose these measures that don’t provide small craft beverage producers the same rights and privileges.

We appreciate your support and for taking a quick minute to express your opinion to your legislators. Tell them about your favorite local brewery and encourage them to visit the breweries in their district!

Cheers,

Will Glass
The Brewing Projekt
President, Wisconsin Brewers Guild

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of South Dakota, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of South Dakota.

Feb. 13, 2018

Dear AHA, BA and Support Your Local Brewery Members,

The South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of South Dakota and the community of beer drinkers.

Please read the following information provided by the South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild.
The South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild is asking you to please contact your State Senator immediately and ask him or her to vote in favor of Senate Bill 169 and to vote against Senate Bill 173.

These competing bills would both significantly change the laws concerning craft beer in South Dakota.
•   Senate Bill 169, introduced by the Governor’s office and Senate Commerce Committee promotes growth and access to market for small and independent brewers in South Dakota by reducing barriers to entry, allowing them access to market through the ability to distribute their own product directly to retailers, and addressing several inefficiencies in the current laws.
http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/legsession/2018/Bills/SB169P.pdf
•   Senate Bill 173, supported by lobbyists from Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors as well as their distributors contains very troubling language for South Dakota's craft breweries. The South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild believes that SB 173 is an attempt to continue limiting craft brewer access to market and ultimately to decrease your options in the marketplace.
http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/legsession/2018/Bills/SB173P.pdf
The South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild needs your immediate help. Please call your Senator's office directly or, if this is not possible, please send an email.

Find your legislator's contact information by entering your home address here.
https://sdlegislature.gov/legislators/who_are_my_legislators/

Find the full text of the bill, links to your legislators, and information about craft beer in South Dakota by visiting dakotabrewers.org.

Please identify yourself by name and say that you are a constituent and in which city or rural area you live. Ask the Senator to please vote in favor of SB 169 and in opposition to SB 173 because SB 169 promotes the ability to grow small business in South Dakota while SB 173 limits South Dakota's small, independent brewers and puts them at a competitive disadvantage to national and out of state producers and wholesalers. Feel free to talk on about the positive impact of local craft breweries in your communities.

It will only take two minutes of your time and your expressing your opinion will be essential to our cause. Find out more at dakotabrewers.org.

Cheers,
Derek Fernholz, Fernson Brewing Co.
President, South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild
Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of South Dakota.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrewer in Massachusetts, please continue reading. If not, please do NOT contact the legislative in Massachusetts.

Feb. 7, 2018

The Massachusetts Brewers Guild is asking you to act immediately to request that your State legislators release legislation beneficial to local craft brewers.

Please read the following information provided by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.
Today, the State House faces an imminent deadline.

In order for bills to be voted into law this year, they first need to be released from their legislative committees by today, February 7, 2018. To support local craft brewers, we fiercely advocate for franchise law reform. We have secured incredible support for this legislation, but need your voice today in order to overcome this hurdle.

https://massbrewersguild.org/#take-action-section

Please lend your voice. Click the button above and tell your State Representative to support craft brewers, some of the Commonwealth's greatest economic drivers, by encouraging the release of House Bill 183 and Senate Bill 136.

Cheers!

Katie Stinchon
Executive Director
Massachusetts Brewers Guild
Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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Participate in the Largest Beer Competition in the World!

You're invited to enter the 2018 National Homebrew Competition, which is held across 12 first round judging centers in the United States. First round winners advance to the final round at AHA Homebrew Con in Portland, OR. Final round winners will be announced at the award ceremony on June 30.

The Competition Application Period is now open and closes on January 30, 2018 at midnight, MST.

Apply now using your email address (the one associated with your AHA membership) and your AHA member number.

Make sure to review and read the Rules & Regulations for entering the National Homebrew Competition.

Reminders:
  • Application Window is open to AHA members only. Join or renew today!
  • All applicants will be notified by February 15with an alert indicating whether or not their entries have been accepted into the competition. Entrants will then have 72 hours from the date of notification to pay for their entries.
  • Applicants may edit their application up through January 30.
  • To maximize your chances, select as many centers as possible when applying.
We hope you will join us in 2018 to celebrate the homebrewing community!

Cheers,
John Moorhead, Director
National Homebrew Competition

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Homebrew Competitions / 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:58:50 AM »
The AHA posted updates to the National Homebrew Competition for 2018 on HomebrewersAssociation.org and we want to make sure all AHA Forum users see the information.

Competition Updates
You can find all the current 2018 information, including important deadlines, on the NHC main page. Please make sure to read the updated Rules and Regulations, which also contain the National Homebrew Competition styles that are reorganized from the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. For more specifics on styles, please reference the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for beer, mead, or cider. The Online Competition Application opens January 23, 2018 and runs through January 30, 2018. Mark your calendars!

Keep an eye on the NHC main page for more specific dates and other information to be announced.

Update Your Club Info

If you'd like your club to compete for the NHC Homebrew Club Award and the Gambrinus Award, check to see if your club is in our club database and that the information is correct. If not, make sure to register or update your club's information by midnight, December 31, 2017. Club registration with the AHA is free.

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The 2017 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) will be here before we all know it!
Below is important information on the competition. We're still finalizing details about the competition and will continue to release more specifics as they become available.
  • The 2017 First Round Sites are posted on our NHC pages.
  • We will be adding two new categories this year: American Wild Ales and breaking out Double IPA and Specialty IPA into their own categories. There are now 33 categories in the competition. These will be released with the Rules & Regulations in December.
  • We will launch a new and improved micro-site for the competition in December.
  • Club updates and new club registration for the NHC is open through December 1, 2016. Please make sure to update/register your club.
  • Registration for the NHC opens January 30, 2017 and runs through February 5, 2017.
We have not released the full Rules & Regulations as they are still being finalized. Expect to see those released in December.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

John Moorhead, NHC Director

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Going Pro / Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made by Start-up Breweries
« on: November 16, 2015, 06:21:08 PM »
Hey everyone, if you've ever given a moment of thought to going pro, here's a quick summary of Candice Moon's seminar back at the 2014 National Homebrewers Conference. She covers some of the concepts you should think about and review while trying to make your dream a reality.

The full seminar is available for download at the bottom of the page.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/top-10-legal-mistakes-by-start-up-breweries/

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Beer Travel / Homebrew Town
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:20:38 PM »
Homebrewersassociation.org is starting a new series that explores what makes a place a great homebrew and beer destination. This can be anywhere in the world, not just the U.S. This thread is for you to throw out your ideas on what we might have missed, your ideas on why your town is an awesome homebrew town, and anything else you'd like to share.

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