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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:07:22 PM »
Yeah, you should get a card.  They only manufacture them at intervals (quarterly?) so it may take a while.

The cards actually mail every 2-3 weeks.  If you've been waiting much more than that, I'd suggest contacting our Member Services staff to make sure we have your correct contact information: info@brewersassociation.org; 888-822-6273.

I was abotu a week late renewing so will that count as a new membership or is there continuity? will I get a new card or does the one I have now just keep going?

We'll send you a new card with your new expiration date.  The member number will stay the same, though.

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We sent out another Action Alert today to our Wisconsin members about the homebrew right bill.  SB 395 has been referred to the Assembly Rules Committee to assign a date for an Assembly vote, which could happen any day now.  We are asking Wisconsin residents to contact their Representative and ask him/her to support SB 395 or AB 521 (they are identical bills, but SB 395 is the most likely version to be voted on).  We are also asking residents to contact the Assembly Speaker and the Assembly Majority Leader to get the bill scheduled for a vote as soon as possible.  You can see the alert at http://bit.ly/wuUsDW.

I've been extremely impressed with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance's ability to mobilize club members throughout the state to make phone calls and send email to legislators.  The level of media coverage has been impressive as well. 

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Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed AB 290, a bill to allow homebrew supply shops to make beer and wine on their premises and offer samples of beer and wine to their customers for educational purposes.  The bill has already passed the Assembly, so it's off to the Governor's desk to sign.

Congrats to Wisconsin's homebrew shops on the passage of this bill!

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The Wisconsin state Senate passed SB 395 by a vote of 32-1.  the homebrew rights bill we've been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance.  In doing so, they rejected an amendment submitted by Senator Scott Fitzgerald (the lone no vote) that would have greatly watered down the bill.

An identical bill, AB 521, has already been through a public committee hearing in the Assembly, and so awaits a vote before the full Assembly.  Wisconsin residents, if you haven't already contacted your Assembly representative about supporting AB 521, now's the time!  See http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx to find your representative.

Cheers!
Gary

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Senate Bill 395, the Wisconsin homebrew bill that the AHA has been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made was passed unanimously by Senate committee and so moves on to a vote before the full Senate, probably next week.

An identical bill, Assembly Bill 521, was scheduled for a committee hearing this morning and will likely be passed on to the full Assembly shortly.

Wisconsin residents should contact the state Senator and Representative for their district and politely urge them to support these bills.

See the Action Alert we sent today at http://bit.ly/ypclCn for more details.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference Registration Opens Feb 1
« on: February 03, 2012, 03:18:02 PM »
Hotel is 24 hours.  The conference tickets I believe are nonrefundable but I bet the AHA would have some sort of waiting list, especially the way this one is selling.

We'll extend refunds at least through March 31.  We do have a wait list started and will do what we can to accommodate as many on the list as possible.  We certainly would rather accommodate someone from the wait list who wants to go to the conference than not refund someone who can't go.  I do think we will be able to get a number of people on the wait list into the conference, but probably not everyone.  

Anyone needing a refund can contact Events Registrar Chris Williams at williams@brewersassociation.org/888-822-6273 x 125.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:55:12 PM »
I guess given that there's a waitlist, there must be some procedure for refunding or transferring a reservation. Does anyone know for sure?

We will accept refund request up to March 31.  Those needing a refund can contact Chris Williams our events registrar at williams@brewersassociation.org/888-822-6273 x 125.

I do think we will be able to accommodate a good number of the wait listed people, though probably not everyone.  It's certainly our goal to accommodate as many people who want to attend as possible.

Something to keep in mind with the conference is that we have to book the venues 2 to 3 years in advance.  The 2012 contract was signed before the 2010 conference even took place.  It's not easy predicting what kind of growth (or possible decline) we'll have that far in advance.

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Events / Re: NHC Hotel Room Booking Issues?
« on: February 02, 2012, 10:01:54 AM »
The Hyatt has rooms for Thursday through Sunday.  From what they have told us, they have sold out on Tuesday and Wednesday (there's another group at the hotel before ours, which is why rooms are tight on those nights).  If you have issues booking with the online reservation system, I recommend calling the Hyatt: 425-462-1234.

We've got an overflow block at the Westin Bellevue, which is attached to the Hyatt via sky bridge, and so is very convenient.  When we got the reservation code up last night, it wasn't allowing rooms booked before Wednesday June 20 and presumably after Saturday the 23th.  We've asked them to add "shoulder dates" at the group rate so those coming in early or leaving later can get rooms at the group rate.

We'll be adding additional overflow rooms at nearby hotels as needed.

The hotels and registration is filling up faster than we anticipated.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference Registration Opens Feb 1
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:20:02 AM »
The $1000 price means you are not logged in as an AHA member.  If you do have a valid membership and are having trouble logging in, contact our members services department, as they can walk you through the login process: 888-822-6273.

The Hyatt is now sold out of rooms on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to another group that's in the hotel before the AHA Conference.  We're working on getting rooms for earlier in the week at the group rate at the Westin.  Right now you can book at the Westin for Wednesday the 19th through Sunday the 24th.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference Registration Opens Feb 1
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:17:19 AM »
The Hyatt is showing it still has rooms available in our block (though we are down to 11% of the blocked rooms now).  If the issue is with specific dates, we can probably get more rooms added for dates before or after the conference, but we've maxed out all the rooms the Hyatt will give us during the conference with the existing block.  If you have issues booking with the online reservation system, I recommend calling the Hyatt: 425-462-1234.

We've got an overflow block at the Westin Bellevue, which is attached to the Hyatt via sky bridge, and so is very convenient.  When we got the reservation code up last night, it wasn't allowing rooms booked before Wednesday June 20 and presumably after Saturday the 24th.  We've asked them to add "shoulder dates" at the group rate so those coming in early or leaving later can get rooms at the group rate.

We'll be adding additional overflow rooms at nearby hotels as needed.

The hotel and registration is filling up a bit faster than we anticipated.

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The Wisconsin homebrew bill that the AHA has been working on with the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made has been assigned to the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee and will likely get a hearing soon.

Senate Bill 395 is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection Committee Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 330 Southwest in the Capitol.

We're asking Wisconsin residents to contact the senators on the committee and politely urge them to pass SB 395. A large audience of homebrewers at the meeting will send a strong message that this is important legislation, so please consider attending the hearing if possible.

See the Action Alert we sent today at http://bit.ly/zAF06H for more details.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Donating homebrew to a church festival?
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:38:42 AM »
The AHA has the statute and analysis for Florida homebrew law on our website: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/florida.

In this case, I don't think the donation would be a problem so long as the homebrew isn't served to minor and there is no exchange made for the homebrew (i.e. it's not sold, raffled, put up for auction, etc).  If the donated beer is simply being served as samples to adults, it should be fine.

Cheers!
Gary

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The American Homebrewers Association is supporting an effort by the Wisconsin Homebrewers Alliance to rectify the current Wisconsin homebrew law which does not allow for homebrew to be serve outside the home where it was brewed--a law that was uncovered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue just last year.  That means no homebrew at homebrew club meetings, no homebrew competitions, no homebrew at the neighbor's house.

LRB 3101 sponsored by State Senator Michael Ellis and Representative Dean Kaufert would, if passed, lift current restrictions that prohibit homebrew from being transported outside of the home where it was made.

What needs to happen to get this bill passed is for Wisconsin residents to contact their legislators and urge them to come on as sponsors of the bill and support the bill when it comes up for a vote.  Time is of the essence to get this bill through the legislature.

See the action alert we just sent to Wisconsin AHA members: http://bit.ly/wDEySm 

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:11:19 PM »
My one nit pick is the little reminder at the bottom right of each page that continually moves.

Thanks for pointing that out.  It should only have the animation on the cover page.  We'll get that fixed.

As for comments on downloadable versions and flash, please keep in mind that the online eZymurgy is just the first step.  We'll be adding iPod/iPhone, iPad and Android apps that will offer much better functionality for use with mobile devices.  We'll also be adding additional back issues this year, giving members access to a large archive of Zymurgy content.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday AHA!
« on: December 07, 2011, 03:13:23 PM »
Wonder why they chose Pearl Harbor Day?

From what Charlie Papazian has told me, that was the day that they got the first issue of Zymurgy, which was essentially a newsletter back then, from the printer. 

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