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Going Pro / Re: Going pro and converting dairy equipment
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:01:33 AM »
Tom Hennessey of Colorado Boy Brewing Co. presented a seminar at last year's Homebrew Con in Baltimore on pieced-together brewing systems for homebrewers interested in going pro using equipment like that. I would definitely check it out:

"Frankenbrew: Are Pieced Together Systems Still Viable"

Okay Matt, I've worked in associations and I get your point. I'll email my additional gripes off-line.

My main question still remains. I'm still looking for a non-BJCP score sheet if anybody has anything.

No need to take anything off-line! This is the kind of feebback that we appreciate, and are happy to act on.

Unfortunately we don't have a non-BJCP scoresheet as you described - but this is a great suggestion. Feel free to email the subcommittee suggesting it! I'll keep tabs on this thread for any examples that others on the forum might post, and maybe we can turn that in to a resource in the new web design. Thanks!

One of the AHA's goals this year is to re-design the section of the AHA website pertaining to clubs to offer more resources like these. We began by launching the Club Connection newsletter in November. The next issue will be sent out at the beginning of March to your club's email that is registered with the AHA. You can see the last 2 issues here:

The January issue actually focused on new clubs, which is a topic that you mentioned... so I highly recommend checking it out!

If you have suggestions for what you would like to see in the website re-design, you can email me directly at, you can send your suggestions to the AHA Clubs Subcommittee: We're always looking for suggestions.


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast for the Surly rally wort
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:54:19 PM »
Curious to what everyone did with their wort from the AHA rally at surly this last weekend, what the beer finished at and what yeast you used. I further soured, added Tasmanian honey and am using Omega yeast labs Voss Kveik farmhouse strain. I'm chugging along down to 1.021 right now and I'm going to dry hop with Denali at 3 oz.

I will be looking to try this variation at Homebrew Con in June. It sounds awesome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Edit Club Info?
« on: February 01, 2017, 01:45:15 PM »
Hi John -

You can email me, or fill out our Club contact update form here:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Homebrew Clubs / Club Connection e-newsletter has launched!
« on: January 12, 2017, 05:02:48 PM »
Hi all -

The AHA Clubs Subcommittee recently launched our new Clubs Connection e-newsletter. This will hit your club's registered e-mail address every 6-8 weeks with content focused on helping your club officer's grow membership and participation in your homebrew club. Each letter will also have suggested homebrewing topics for your next club's meeting.

This newsletter was launched in November, and the second edition was mailed earlier this week. If your club officer did not receive it, we urge you to update your club's contact information using the link below:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Going Pro / Re: Interview questions
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:06:55 AM »
Where are you opening the brewery? They'll likely ask you why you decided to open it in [city].

Just a reminder - the deadline to submit proposals is this coming Monday, Nov. 28!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Card benefits
« on: November 16, 2016, 04:36:10 PM »
Hi all - thanks for the input on this... And apologies on the delayed response. I'm sorry to hear that some of the locations in Asheville aren't honoring the discount. If they are listed in Brew Guru, or in the online directory - then they ARE participating. I'll look into New Belgium.

Unfortunately - as has been mentioned in this thread - we run into a problem in many restaurants or taprooms that have a high turn-over rate. Sometimes the discount just isn't part of the training protocol - though we encourage every business to make it so. It is a rare occasion where a business actually has stopped doing the discount but has failed to inform us.

As always - if you find a place that says they are not honoring the discount - please email me at or Steve Parr at One of us will follow up with our contact there and make sure that it won't happen again.

So sorry for the inconvenience!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

With the holiday season quickly approaching - the AHA wants to help elevate your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner... (or even your post-Halloween leftover candy binge) by teaching you about how to pair beer and food! Director Julia Herz will join me in the next Zymurgy Live for an interactive conversation on the state of craft beer, why understanding the beer marketplace is critical in pairing, and how you can pair your beer to fit into your holiday meals. Come prepared with a sour beer & a pickle, as well as some blue cheese & an American IPA for a pairing exercise.

We'd like to answer your questions about anything from the craft beer industry to beer tasting and pairing. So submit your questions here ahead of time, and we'll answer them in the live webinar!

Tune in next Thursday, November 10 at 7pm ET, 6pm CT!

Thanks, all!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

The 2017 AHA Homebrew Con is June 15-17 in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 28, 2016.

The American Homebrewers Association welcomes presentation submissions for educational seminars and poster presentations at the conference. This year’s conference is meant to present ideas to keep the modern brewer at the forefront of homebrewing, mead-making, and cider-making.

Presentations are expected to be 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q & A.

Guidelines and Requirements

Please review the presentation guidelines before submitting your proposal:

Submit your Homebrew Con seminar proposal here:

Any inquiries can be directed to Matt Bolling, AHA Events & Membership Coordinator.


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

The Pub / Re: Travel Fail, Boston
« on: September 13, 2016, 03:38:30 PM »
You know what would be a great way to travel the city pint by pint?



Shameless plug in 3... 2... 1...


Download Brew Guru

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Have you downloaded the new Brew Guru app?
« on: September 09, 2016, 08:50:34 AM »
I like it so far. One issue I have seen is bad or out of date data on the map. One instance is a brewery that no longer exists and another is correct address but bad placement. Adding a workflow to report these issues in app would be helpful

Thanks for the tip! With so many participants in the program - it can be challenging to stay up-to-date on every Member Deal. Which breweries are you referring to? I'll take a look at them and update accordingly. Thanks!

Howdy Forumites!

Our next Zymurgy Live webinar will be this Wednesday at 7pm MT, 6pm CT. We're really excited to be sitting down with renowned beer expert and author, Randy Mosher, to talk about Tasting Beer. Space is limited and spots are filling quickly, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible!

If you have any questions you would like to post here in advance for Randy to cover in the presentation - please do so!

See you all on Wednesday!

Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

Hi All -

If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and received an email recently from the AHA announcing the addition of EJ Phair Brewing Co Taproom & Pizzeria as a new AHA Member Deal and you were a little bit confused... That's because EJ Phair Brewing Co is in Pittsburgh, CA. Obviously, I made a typo - and I apologize for any confusion.

However, we do have lots of great new member deals in the Pittsburgh, PA area! Check them all out here:


Matt Bolling
AHA Events & Membership Coordinator

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