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Yeah, lots of work to be done, but the Legislature seems open to the fixes. The ABC is enforcing the rule as it stands.

Right now the crux is over the status of the beer. It's currently seen as a donation to the non-profit CHA. The new law expressly forbids the donation of homebrew to a non-profit dedicated to promoting homebrewing (aka the CHA) or made mostly of homebrewers (aka the CHA). So, that's no good. (The wording was really intended to prevent a doofus like me starting "Drew's Brews for the Cure - of his Empty Wallet Non-Profit", donating my homebrew and then auctioning it off. aka circumventing the regulation of alcohol sales in the state to funnel money to an unlicensed operation. I suspect this was added both at the behest of the ABC and the state's distributors)

A lot of this is because the CABC discovered the fest a few years back (after it had been done for ~20 years) and it raised all sorts of alarm bells - 2000 people, unregulated festival, legally unclear use of homebrewed beer, other questions (does a membership that's only benefit is admission to the festival really a smokescreen for a sale), etc. Since an enforcement agency's default answer is almost invariably "no", I'm surprised we got the few years we did before something like this cropped up and shut down the whole enterprise.

But, never mind the present - it's on to the future with new changes to the code that will allow us to once more have our fests and other fun!

The Pub / Re: Twitter Chat
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:31:54 AM »
I'm just here to help man.

The Pub / Twitter Chat
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:05:56 AM »
You can twitter chat with Denny and I right now by following hashtag #BrewChat

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Conference Hotels
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:54:21 PM »
My favorite was still 2004 in Chicago when the hotel had us scheduled at the same time as a big baptist meeting and a big AA meeting. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »
Even trained full time professionals are subjected to their internal biases. Volunteer judges who judge a few times per year don't stand a chance.

Although, I would disagree with your comment about the impossibility of every one of a substyle scoring lower than the other. I've had some flights where one substyle was absolutely mediocre at best and another where the worst beer was mediocre, so.. not impossible.

The Pub / Re: Rain finally
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:32:44 AM »
Sadly most of this water is flowing right down the flood channel that is the LA River. People always make fun of what the Army Corps of Engineers did with the river turning it into a big concrete ditch (think Grease or the motorcycle/big rig chase of Terminator 2). Yesterday showed why they thought it was necessary as the waters rose dangerously high yesterday and if the city had stayed built the way it was, people would have been killed and houses swept away.

The Pub / Re: Rain finally
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:53:03 PM »
Down in Pasadena and I can't even tell you how happy I am that we got our rain today!

ETA - For everyone who's thinking that's weird - today's storm dropped more rain than we saw all last year.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Product Announcements
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:52:26 PM »
Mod here - Contact Denny about your product announcement. We want to help you, but we do try and keep a tight ship

All Grain Brewing / Re: Found good buy on bulk malt storage bin at Costco
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:58:07 AM »
I really like these lids:

They fit on a standard 5 gallon bucket. Two buckets holds a full bag. When empty - you've got a bucket that you can use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:18:40 PM »
Yeah, I'm not talking a brewery or brewpub sampler try - I'm talking beer bar flight tray. I love going to one of my "locals" (as the word is defined here in CA), 38 Degrees in Alhambra. They've always have an interesting selection of beer, that I want to taste. But instead of trying to drink 4 pints of everything, I'll just get a taster flight and a pint of something else. It's a handy way of getting to sample more.

I'll say it time and time again... why not Drew? (Vote for your vice chairman today and your beer will improve!) :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:02:49 PM »
One of my favorite trends that I wish would expand more is the "taster flight". A few good beer places near me do the thing where it's an "assemble your own taste panel" and you can throw together four 4-6 oz glasses of beer for a reasonable price per. Yes, the flight is more expensive than if you ordered straight up, but I like the chance to spend the "beer bullets" between multiple beers and see what I really like.

I reiterate my perpetual campaign promise - I will buy any AHA member a beer at Club Night at NHC!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:45:50 PM »

Yes, open slots will be filled next week. I'm just saying that not communicating is going to make those members feel left in the dark. Causing some stress that AHA is specifically trying to avoid.

If there's one thing that I've been saying again and again is that there needs to be more open communication when things are happening. The org used to be very tight lipped and play its cards close to the vest. I think the repeated 'be clear' is working as the messaging has gotten more transparent. It ain't perfect, but what is?

Phew is right. I could have talked about brewing with Joe and Andy Hudacek. That would have burned that time up.

I don't think that would have helped your election cause! :)

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