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Ha!  Yes, definitely unintentional!  The plan going forward is to have one AHA/Forum ad and one paid ad in the header.  When posted yesterday, these were the first two AHA ads that were created and since we don't yet have a paid ad to put up there we just posted them both.

Cheers!
Gary Glass
AHA Director

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brewing in Louisiana
« on: May 19, 2010, 08:12:46 AM »
The info below is my understanding of the situation in Louisiana, though I would not pretend to be an expert on Louisiana state law.

First, there is no law in Louisiana that specifically allows homebrewing, nor one that specifically bans homebrewing.  Homebrewers are not considered producers, and therefore don't fall under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana ATC.  Since there is no state law specifically addressing homebrewing, the state defers to federal law on homebrewing (note: this is not generally true for other states).

Businesses with licenses to sell alcoholic beverages due fall under the jurisdiction of the ATC.  There is a law on the books that states that businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on premises consumption (such as restaurants and pubs) may not serve unlicensed alcohol.  The ATC interprets this to mean that licensed establishments cannot allow homebrew to be served on their premises.

HB1484, if passed, would create an exception to this through a special permit that will allow licensed businesses to host homebrew club meetings, competitions, etc.  The permit is free, and must be granted by the ATC to any licensed business that applies for it.  Each permit lasts for three days, but the bill does not establish a limit on the number of permits a business may apply for.  It does mean that the business would have to apply for a separate permit for every individual club meeting, competition, etc.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: May 18, 2010, 03:04:30 PM »
We sent an Action Alert to Louisiana residents today in support of HB1484, which if passed will allow homebrew in licensed establishments, such as pubs, breweries and restaurants for homebrew events, club meetings, competitions etc.  This bill is a vastly improved substitute for HB503 which was introduced earlier this year. 

The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission consider homebrewing to be legal based on the federal homebrew law, but according to the ATC, it is currently not legal to serve unlicensed alcoholic beverages at licensed establishments.

See http://bit.ly/duFbBp for the Action Alert.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Legalizes Homebrewing
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:06:46 PM »
So it turns out that the new law will go into effect earlier than I had originally been told.  Since there was no start date in the bill, which typically would have been November 1, the bill actually goes into effect 90 days after the end of the current legislative session.  That should make homebrewing legal in Oklahoma sometime in late August.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Oklahoma Legalizes Homebrewing
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:19:36 PM »
Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed HB 2348, legalizing homebrewing in the state.  The new law goes into effect November 1, 2010. 

Thanks to all of the Oklahoma homebrewers and their supporters who made phone calls and sent emails to the Oklahoma legislature and the Governor's office.  Those contacts make a huge difference.  Thanks also to Rep. Colby Schwartz and Sen. Mike Schulz. 

Special thanks go to AHA member and now head brewer at the Mustang Brewery Gary Shellman for initiating the legalization process and working tirelessly to see the bill through.

Cheers to Oklahoma's Homebrewers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: May 06, 2010, 12:01:13 PM »
Oklahoma residents call Governor Brad Henry and ask that he sign HB2348 to legalize homebrewing in OK.  The bill could hit his desk as soon as tomorrow!

See the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/bVzLXh

Thanks!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 08:14:50 AM »
Wow, over 2000 responses so far since the survey email went out around 3PM yesterday!

Thanks to everyone who has taken the survey!  Keep 'em coming. 

The information we collect with these surveys helps us to better understand who our members are, and how we can better serve you.

Demographics survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010AHADemographicsSurvey

Brewing practices survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010HomebrewingPractices.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 05, 2010, 02:43:11 PM »
AHA Members,
 
We’d like get to know you a little better. The AHA Governing Committee Survey subcommittee and the AHA staff have compiled two surveys to help us better understand who AHA members are and to help us better serve you.

The first is a basic demographics survey:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010AHADemographicsSurvey

The second survey covers specific brewing practices:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010HomebrewingPractices

We will pick three lucky members at random from among those who filled out both surveys and send them some fun AHA prizes as a way of saying "thank you". Only one survey submission per respondent per survey please!

Responses must be submitted by 8 a.m. MDT, Monday, May 17 to be counted.  You will need your AHA member number, to verify your membership to complete the survey.

Thank you!
Gary Glass
American Homebrewers Association Director

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: May 05, 2010, 12:34:58 PM »
The Oklahoma House passed the Senate-amended version of HB 2348 today, meaning the homebrew legalization bill has cleared the legislature.  It now goes to the Governor to sign or veto.  We're now just one step away from legalizing homebrewing in Oklahoma!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: April 27, 2010, 01:47:11 PM »
The Oklahoma homebrew bill, HB 2348 is going back to House for final vote. The bill passed the Senate last week, but was amended in committee to clean up some of the language, so it must go back to the House for a vote on the amended version. The bill could come up for a House vote at any time now.

Once it passes the House, the Governor has 5 days to sign or veto the bill.

See the action alert at http://bit.ly/bb4Cuo

Looking forward to celebrating legal homebrewing in Oklahoma!  Almost there!

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The Pub / Re: Homebrew in the Classroom
« on: April 27, 2010, 08:55:29 AM »
I brought homemade mead to my masters thesis defense.  I passed, so I guess the mead didn't hurt!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:22:58 PM »
The Okalahoma homebrew legalization bill, HB 2348, passed the Senate today 45 to 3!  This is a huge step towards legalizing homebrewing in the state.  The bill was slightly amended in Senate committee, simply to make the language conform to existing alcohol regulations, which means it does need to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version, but given that it has already passed the House, and the House sponsor approves of the amendments it is likely to pass the House again.  (Though I've learned not to take anything for granted in the legislative process.) 

Bill is at http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10bills/SB/hb2348%20pcs.doc.

For Oklahoma residence, now would be a good time to contact your representative and remind them to support HB 2348 when it comes up for a vote again in the House.  You can find contact info for your district's rep at http://www.capitolconnect.com/demoassoc1/legislatorsearch.aspx.

Looks like we may have a positive development in Louisiana as well.  Representatives from some Louisiana homebrew clubs met with sponsors of a bill seeking to statutorily recognize homebrewing in Louisiana yesterday.  Hopefully a bill that will be good for the state's homebrewers will emerge.  It seems to be moving in the right direction at the moment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: April 08, 2010, 02:15:58 PM »
The Oklahoma homebrew legalization bill will likely come up for Senate vote soon, maybe as early as tomorrow Fri 4/9 or early next week. OK residents, check out the AHA Action Alert at http://bit.ly/dDpHd8. Send it on to anyone you know in OK who would support this cause.  Contacts from non-residents could be detrimental to the cause, so please leave this to OK residents.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted their legislators on this issue to date, your calls and emails helped get the bill through the House and Senate Business and Labor Committee.

A homebrew bill has been filed in Louisiana this year as well (homebrewing is not statutorily recognized in LA and is questionably legal there).  The original version of the bill was fairly restrictive, but the bill's sponsors are working to revise it to make it more favorable for homebrewers.  I'll pass along more on that as I know more.

Looks like the Alabama homebrew bill is dead for this year.  Though it managed to pass the Senate this year (beyond most people's expectations), the bill has not been brought up for a vote in the House Travel and Tourism Committee and is unlikely to be given a hearing at this point.  Though it is very unlikely that homebrewing will be legalized in Alabama this year, much progress has been made in educating legislators about homebrewing, and I think there is a very good chance of passing a homebrew bill there next year.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Governing Committee Results
« on: April 05, 2010, 08:20:08 AM »
American Homebrewers Association 2010 Governing Committee Election

Congratulations to you new AHA Governing Committee representatives:

Drew Beechum
Pasadena, CA

Fred Bonjour
Troy, MI

Justin Crossley
Pacheco, CA

Jake Keeler
St. Paul, MN

Thank you to all of the members who voted in this year's election!  There were a record number of ballots cast, with 899 members voting.

Thanks also to all of the candidates who participated in this year's election.  The AHA depends on dedicated members to run for and serve on the AHA Governing Committee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Conference Seminars Sold Out
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:46:25 PM »
The seminars for the AHA National Homebrewers Conference are now sold out.  As of March 31, 3:30 Mountain Time, there are about 50 registrations left for the Grand Banquet.  Registration for the conference social packages is still available.  We will also be opening a la carte registrations for Club Night and Pro-Brewers Night, and the Banquet if there is any space left for the banquet, shortly.

Don't forget to vote in the Governing Committee Election, today is the last day to get your votes in!

Gary

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