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Events / AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:01:01 AM »
Just a few days away from the start of the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference in Philly!  We are all super psyched for this year's conference.  I hope all of you that are going are as excited as we are for what is almost assuredly going to be the largest single gathering of homebrewers ever.

We have heard some confusion from some of those registered for the "Full Conference Almost" package. This package does allow access to everything included with the Full Conference registration, with the exception of the Thursday seminars (all of which are repeated later in the week).  So it includes access to the HomebrewExpo, which opens at noon on Thursday, Pro-Brewers Night and the late-night Liberty Well Social Club. We have limited seminar space on Thursday (I wasn't anticipating 3400 attendees back when we were looking at this property in 2009/2010), so simply couldn't accommodate as many people as we are able to get in on Friday and Saturday.

Swing by the AHA booth at Club Night and let me know what you think of my Saison.

See ya in Philly!

General Homebrew Discussion / Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:01:00 AM »
I just got a call from American Cowboy Magazine. They are looking for a homebrewer that fits the American cowboy mold to interview for a story they are doing on homebrewing. PM me if you are interested.

The deadline to submit your votes in the 2012 AHA Governing Committee election is Sunday, April 1 at Midnight Pacific Time.

Your AHA Governing Committee representatives play a critical role for your Association. The AHA Governing Committee helps develop the benefits and programs of the AHA and provides direction for the AHA Staff.

Go to to view the candidate statements and to submit your ballot. Voting is limited to current AHA members only.

In addition, all AHA members voting in the election are eligible for an additional entry in the Lallemand Scholarship drawing for the Siebel Institute's two-week Concise Course. Check the appropriate box on the ballot to submit your entry. The drawing will take place June 23, 2012 at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego, CA. See Lallemand Scholarship ( for details and scholarship entry form.

The Pub / Brewers Association IT Director Position Available
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:46:27 PM »
Information Technology Director
Boulder based not-for-profit brewing association seeks Information Technology Director.
Details about the position can be found in the job description and job requirements documents on this page:

Position oversees all technology functions for the association including application development and internal IT operations for this two person department.
5+ years in Information Technology required. Proficiency in database administration specifically MSSQL and MySQL required and knowledge of VB.Net and PHP programming languages a plus.

Email resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

General Homebrew Discussion / Ask The Experts: Denny Conn
« on: October 18, 2011, 02:06:46 PM »
AHA Governing Committee member and AHA Forum & BrewTechTalk Moderator is now taking questions on batch sparging equipment and techniques through October 24 for the AHA's Ask The Experts.

Questions need to be submitted to:

Answers will be posted within a couple of weeks after the completion of the submission period. You will need to be registered as an AHA member on to access the posted questions and answers.

You can see the Q & A from our past guest experts at

Denny's Bio
Denny Conn has been homebrewing for more than 14 years in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains in Oregon. He is an audio engineer by trade, but that’s just to finance the brewing. Denny did about six extract batches before switching to all-grain and discovering the “Cheap’n’Easy” batch sparge brewing technique. He’s a BJCP National Judge and his Rye IPA recipe has been brewed both by Rogue Ales in the U.S. and Olfabrikken in Denmark. He also has written articles for brewing magazines, is a frequent contributor to many internet beer discussion forums and was a speaker at the 2008 and 2010 AHA conferences. He’s the Tech Tsar of the Cascade Brewers Society, based in Eugene, Ore.

Thanks for taking this on Denny!


General Homebrew Discussion / New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:58:08 AM »
I'm pleased announce that the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) now has a new logo. The AHA's most recent logo was more than a decade old, and the time was right to freshen up the look and feel to reflect the fun and passion for homebrewing found in the AHA membership and the hobby as a whole.

The new logo incorporates several graphic elements that represent the hobby, including a hop cone, a barley stalk and a tall glass of beer, on a circular background that evokes the shape of a bottle cap. The AHA staff and our graphic design team worked hard on this redesign, and we're thrilled with this new visual representation of the AHA, our members and the broader homebrewing community.



Going Pro / Going Pro Board Rules
« on: August 08, 2011, 11:48:04 AM »
1.   The “Going Pro” Board is dedicated to discussion related to starting a new commercial brewery and/or becoming a professional brewer.
2.   The “Going Pro”  Board is not intended for discussion of existing brewery operations, such topics are more appropriate for the Brewers Association Forum
3.   Any discussion of pricing of supplies, product, etc. on the “Going Pro” Board are strictly banned to avoid infraction of anti-competitive laws. Posts violating this ban will be removed immediately.
4.   Solicitation of funds is NOT allowed.  Asking how to get funds is acceptable.
5.   All rules applying to the general AHA Forum also apply to the "Going Pro" Board.

The AHA sent out two Action Alerts today.

In Michigan, HB 4061, a bill to allow homebrew to be served at breweries pubs and bars for club meetings & competitions, passed the House June 23. Next it goes to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for a hearing. Michigan residents, please contact the committee members and urge them to pass the bill.

See the alert at:

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Brewer's Guild is asking residents for immediate help in sending a message to Governor Walker asking him to veto budget language related to microbreweries.

The language in question, known as Motion 414, would take away small brewers' abilities to distribute each other's beers and own and operate their own taverns. Such drastic alterations to a proven, successful business model will stifle growth and result in job losses.

See the alert at:

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:39:08 PM »
Congratulations to Harold Gulbransen, Bob Kauffman, Susan Ruud, Tom Schmidlin, Roxanne Westendorf, and Jamil Zainasheff, your newly elected members of the AHA Governing Committee!  Thanks to all of the AHA members who voted in this year's election. 

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association December Legal Brief
« on: December 13, 2010, 04:35:11 PM »
The Brewers Association's monthly update for on government affairs-related issues facing the brewing industry for the month of December can be found at:

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Brewers Association November Legal Brief
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:42:50 AM »
The November edition of the Brewers Association's monthly updates on beer industry government affairs issues is posted at

Hi All,

If you're reading this message, but haven't yet registered as a user on the AHA Forum or (both are the same registration), now would be a good time to do so. 

We will be giving away a trip to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, including hotel, airfare and 4-session GABF passes for two to one lucky registrant on  You must be registered as a user on the site by midnight Mountain Time November 30 to be entered in the drawing. 

Those loyal users who have already registered on the AHA Forum or are automatically entered into the drawing.

See for more details.


Homebrew Clubs / 501(c)7 Clubs Must File with IRS - Deadline 10.15.10
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:28:14 AM »
I've recently been contacted by a couple of clubs regarding requirements by the IRS for 501(c)7 Social Clubs to file an annual e-post card.  It seems that back in 2008, the IRS added the requirement for an annual filing, but did not do a very good job of making the applicable clubs aware of the new requirement.  While there is no fee for failure to file, failure to file for three consecutive years will result in a loss of tax exempt status.  So, if your club has is a 501(c)7 and hasn't filed a form 990 for 2007, 2008, or 2009, your club may need to do so ASAP.  The IRS deadline to file is 10/15/2010 for the year 2009 (note this is an extension from the normal filing date, which is the 15th of the 5th month after the year you are filing for).

See,,id=225959,00.html?portlet=7 for more information on the October 15 deadline. 

Most 501(c)7 clubs, will simply need to submit an 8 question e-postcard:,,id=169250,00.html. The questions are:

   1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)).
   2. Tax year
   3. Legal name and mailing address
   4. Any other names the organization uses
   5. Name and address of a principal officer
   6. Web site address if the organization has one
   7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
   8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)


Find the latest Government Affairs news affecting the US beer world at:

An RSS feed allows you to follow what is being posted on the AHA Forum, without being on the Forum and looking through every Board.  An example of an RSS feed of the AHA Forum can be found on the homepage of the AHA’s website,, under the AHA Forum banner, where you’ll find links to the 10 most recent posts to the Forum. With the AHA Forum, you can set up an RSS feed for the entire forum, or for individual Boards on the forum, so you can follow everything, or just specific Board subject areas you are interested in.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and allows updates from websites, blogs, forums, etc. to be "consumed" using an RSS reader or aggregator. Put simply, a user “subscribes” to a site or source of interest to them using an RSS feed.  The feed provides the subscriber with a short synopsis of recent site updates. The user can then read just the synopsis or click a link to the full article.

There are several benefits that RSS provides:
•   Publishers can “push” content to subscribers at the instant the content is available
•   Subscribers can keep up with content updates from a site without visiting the site directly, and at a frequency that best meets their needs (real-time, every few hours, daily, etc.)
•   An RSS reader can collect and organize as many RSS feeds as desired, allowing the user to “aggregate” feeds from favorite news sites, blogs, and discussion boards in a single place

Most sites provide easy identification of RSS capability using the RSS symbol .  You can see the symbol in your web browser’s address bar (to the right of the URL) in any of the AHA Forum pages, including this one.  NOTE: it is recommended to upgrade to the latest version of your browser, as older versions may not recognize if a site is RSS-capable.

To consume these RSS feeds one must have a reader/aggregator. There are several free choices available to subscribers, including:
•   Standalone software programs, like RSS Reader (
•   Browser-based, such as Google Reader (; also has a mobile version for smartphones)
•   Built-in readers included in new releases of popular browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox
•   Built-in readers in email programs like Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Mac OSX Mail

The instructions below are specific to, Outlook 2007.  Instructions for other readers are available on their sites and within their documentation.

Add the AHA Forum RSS feed to Outlook:
1.   Go to in Firefox or Internet Explorer and look for the RSS feed logo in the browser's address bar or toolbar. Click on that symbol and if given options select RSS 2.0
2.   You are then presented with the RSS feed data and usually a button or link that allows you to subscribe to it. We will ignore that button/link for now.
3.   In the address bar, you will see the link to the RSS feed, which in this case is;action=.xml. Make note of that or copy it into your clipboard for later.
4.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of messages and folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
5.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
6.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the link for the feed (;action=.xml). Select Add.
7.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes. If you are curious about the other options, feel free to investigate.
8.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
9.   Now, go to one of those items and you will see a synopsis or preview of the entry. You can select the link and your browser will take you to the full article.
10.   You have now added your first RSS feed!
Couple of interesting items to note in using Outlook as an RSS reader:
•   As well as reading new listings in Outlook, you can select to sort by Subject just as you do with emails. Topics are then grouped together, which is great for monitoring postings in the AHA Forum.
•   Once these feeds are established in Outlook, they will appear in web mail as well. You cannot add them in web mail, though.

Add an RSS feed of a specific AHA Forum Board to Outlook:
1.   Open the Board in the AHA Forum you wish to follow with RSS.
2.   Copy the URL for that Board from the address bar (for example, the URL for the General Homebrew Discussion Board is
3.   In Outlook, scroll down your list of folders in the main mailbox and find "RSS Feeds"
4.   Right click on "RSS Feeds" and select "Add a New RSS Feed".
5.   A pop-up window appears with a text box. In this text box type or paste the URL for the Forum Board you wish to add, then paste the following extension on to the end of the URL: ";type=rss;action=.xml" (For the General Homebrew Discussion Board you would use:;type=rss;action=.xml). Select Add.
6.   Another window appears with three options, Advanced, Yes, or No. Select Yes.
7.   Once you select Yes, the feed folder is listed under the RSS Feeds folder and you will see items appear in the new folder.
8.   To add additional Board feeds to the same folder, follow directions 1-5 above, then choose the Advanced option and change the folder to whichever folder you wish the new feed to appear in.  Click OK, then click Yes.

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