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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!

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-member-deals/request-new-aha-member-deals/

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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!

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  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:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-member-deals/request-new-aha-member-deals/

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

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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: Matt@brewersassociation.org

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: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-member-deals/request-new-aha-member-deals/

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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.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/

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!

matt@brewersassociation.org

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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!

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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: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/community/clubs/radegast-club-of-the-year/

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

- Matt

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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!

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/join-or-renew/

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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:

https://www.homebrewcon.org/guidelines/

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: matt@brewersassociation.org | 720-473-7696

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

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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: ahagc@brewersassociation.org

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

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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:

https://www.homebrewcon.org/guidelines/

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

Cheers!
Matt

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Seminars
« on: September 28, 2018, 05:23:33 PM »
Hi all,

I want to chime in with an explanation for the delay in posting these, and the fact that some of them are without an accompanying recording. The Oregon Convention Center's A/V team failed to record several presentations. We were extremely disappointed to hear about this failure shortly after the conference concluded, and it has been an arduous task to get the seminars that they succeeded in recording from them.

Here is a brief re-cap, as summed up by the Oregon Convention Center's A/V director:

It was a combination of things – equipment and human failure. A perfect storm as they say.

We subcontracted the recording piece as we were tapped for people and inventory by that point- 2 weeks out. So, that put our vendor under pressure to find six capable people. They’re a great partner and we’ve never had any issues with them in the past.

One of the techs was obviously out of his depth and messed up all but one of his records out of three days worth of sessions. This despite my checking in everyday, at least twice and having one of our staff on hand if he needed anything.

A hard drive failed on one day losing three sessions.

One of my techs mysteriously missed a session.

I missed that they had two sessions from 2pm - 4pm on the last day when all the rest of the rooms were turning.

I can think of things I would do differently and some of this was just bad luck too. Very frustrating.


I appreciate everyone's patience, and I know that it was difficult to wait this long without an explanation. We hope that you all enjoy the seminars now that they have been posted. If you have any issues with a particular seminar, please email me and I will be happy to help: matt@brewersassociation.org

Thanks, all! Happy brewing!

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Question about starting a Hombrew Club in VA
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:07:04 PM »
This topic came up a few years ago, and there were some great suggestions on this thread:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1078.0

Some highlighted suggestions were:

Partner with other local community-involved groups (American Legion posts/Elks lodges, etc)
Meet at a club member's (non-brewery/restaurant) private business after hours (car dealerships, etc)
Homebrew club member's residence
Farms (yes - one club meets in a barn, and it looks awesome)

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