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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: March 29, 2010, 04:10:44 PM »
The Oklahoma homebrew bill passed the Senate Business and Labor committee today.  Next stop is the Senate floor for a vote before the full Senate.  The current bill has been amended to clean up the language a bit, so if it does pass the Senate, it will still need to go back to the House for a vote on the amended version (the bill's House sponsor is cool with the amendment, so that shouldn't be a problem, so long as it's not further amended before it passes the Senate).

The Brewers Association's March Government Affairs updates for the beer world are available at http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

Cheers!
Gary Glass

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Denny - Mailing Homebrew
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:17:15 AM »
I am not at all surprised by this.  There are few if any states that explicitly allow direct shipment of beer to customers across their borders.  There are several states that allow for direct shipments of wine to customers across their boards.  In most of those cases, the laws were changed to allow direct shipments of wine following law suits aimed at allowing those shipments.

I think the author of that article should have done a little more research before slamming UPS and every distributor in the country.

Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:45:19 PM »
The AHA sent out three Action Alerts this morning to members in Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan.

In Alabama, the bill to legalize homebrewing, SB 153, is to be heard by the Travel and Tourism Committee in the House this Wednesday.  The bill has already passed the Senate.  Alabama residents should check out the Alert at www.beertown.org/email/sylb/AL2_26_2010.htm for instructions on how they can help.  Send the link to anyone you know if Alabama who will support the cause of legalizing homebrewing.

In Oklahoma, it's looking like the homebrew legalization bill HB 2348 could be going to a vote before the Full House sometime this week at the earliest.  See www.beertown.org/email/sylb/OK_2_26_2010.htm for the Alert we sent.  If the bill passes the House, it will then move on to the Senate.  Spread the word to anyone you know in Oklahoma.

In Michigan, HB 5613 has a public hearing scheduled before the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.  The bill would allow for homebrew to be served at licensed breweries in the state for homebrew club meetings and homebrew competitions (it is currently illegal to serve homebrew at licensed breweries).  In order for this bill to move forward, the LCC needs to be convinced to support it.  Michigan residents can find instructions on what they can do to help at www.beertown.org/email/sylb/MI_2_26_2010.htm.

For those of you who live outside of those states, the best thing you can do to help is to spread the word to anyone you know in those states.  It could actually be detrimental to these efforts to have non-residents calling legislators.  So even if you are so inclined, it's best not to make calls to legislators on issues in other states.

Thanks to all of the homebrewers in Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma who have already done so much to move these bills forward, your efforts are paying off!

Gary

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Events / Re: NHC Pre-Conference Events
« on: March 01, 2010, 03:22:53 PM »
We're working on getting the pre-conference events posted to the AHAConference.org site.  We just got the request to post them today.  It should be posted within the next day or two.

Cheers!
Gary

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It's amusing, I've been contacted by two separate reporters regarding this bill.  I checked it out after seeing that same article posted above, and as I suspected, the bill has nothing to do with homebrewing.  It has to do with changing Agriculture Dept. regulations on food/beverage production, specifically beer and fruit juice. 

I did note that the regulations require that commercially produced beer be bottled/canned on automated equipment.  So small brewers doing specialty brews can't legally hand fill bottles, like a lot of brewers do with 750 ml bottles and such for their specialty beers.

Cheers!
Gary

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 24, 2010, 03:20:23 PM »
Congrats to the Alabama homebrewers, it took a lot of calls, faxes, letters, etc., but it paid off!  Now we get to start over again in the House.

See my blog on Tuesday's action in the Alabama Senate: http://bit.ly/aU7bkJ or you can find it on the home page of HomebrewersAssociation.org.

Also in our sights: Oklahoma, Michigan (to allow homebrew to be served at events at breweries), and potentially Louisiana. 

In Mississippi, homebrewers are already looking to start educating legislators on our craft in preparation for the 2011 legislative session.  Now that's dedication!

More to come...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:24:27 PM »
You can find the Brewers Association's latest legislative update on the world of beer at: www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/monthly-legal-brief.

For those of you in Alabama, keep up the pressure on the Senate Rules Committee to get a hearing for SB153!  To see the Action Alert with the details on what to do, go to http://www.beertown.org/email/sylb/AL2_10_2010.htm.
 

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