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Update on FedEx Ground shipments to receiving locations for competition - June 19

As of today, June 19, we have learned that the FedEx Ground Distribution Hub in Seekonk, MA, has resumed delivery of FedEx ground packages to the receiving locations. The receiving locations received packages from FedEx ground on Monday, Tuesday, and today.

We were not and have not been given an official notice from FedEx corporate or the distribution hub on this change of policy, but believe that your efforts and our efforts to resolve this matter have made a difference in resuming of normal business operations. We are continuing to monitor the situation and continuously trying to release any packages that are still being held at the distribution hub to the final receiving destination.

Continue to track and monitor your package as it goes through the logistical channels of any shipper, and update us appropriately if it is intercepted.

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2019 NHC Shipping Issue Update (6.17.2019)

On Friday afternoon, June 14, we were informed of a FedEx Ground distribution hub in Massachusetts holding up packages scheduled for delivery to Tessier's Hardware & Homebrew.

The distribution hub had reason to believe, after discovering a leaky package containing homebrew, that many of the packages scheduled for delivery to the homebrew store contained homebrew that did not have the proper FedEx paperwork. If homebrew was found, the distribution hub rejected delivery of the package and scheduled the package to be returned to the shipper.

Anyone involved in this issue would have been notified by FedEx or will hear from FedEx if there is a disruption in delivery of your package to the homebrew shop. You may also track your shipment's progress via a tracking number if you requested one.

FedEx's policy on alcohol shipments is it must come from an authorized licensed beer shipper (e.g. liquor store, distributor) and require an adult signature (age of 21+) upon delivery. If these two requirements are not met, the package is considered a prohibited item and is either destroyed or returned to the original destination. It is not illegal to ship alcohol through FedEx and other carriers (except for the USPS). However, it is the company's prerogative to define an alcohol shipping policy.

We have had conversations with the FedEx distribution hub, customer service and support, customer escalation team, and legal team. Currently, we have not reached a compromise to release the rejected packages scheduled for delivery to the homebrew shop.

We are continuing to explore every possible option to release the packages. If your entries have been rejected and scheduled returned, and you have extra bottles, please plan on shipping those as soon as possible. We are extending the shipping deadline to June 22, 2 p.m. EST for re-shipment of entries, and will be flexible and understanding on those re-shipped entries. Please include the rejection letter in your package from FedEx and choose a different carrier other than FedEx.

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience, frustration, and untimely disruption this is causing, and will continue to look for a solution and do our best to make sure this doesn't happen in the future.

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Please refer to the email sent out to entrants yesterday afternoon regarding FedEx shipments.
We are currently doing our best to resolve the situation and put alternatives in place to relieve the issue as much as possible. As of right now, there hasn’t been a ruling from the FedEx center in Seekonk, MA, as to allowing the shipments through based on the phone calls yesterday. We are talking with their management team tomorrow morning first thing and will send an update out then. We find it more useful to have these negotiations between our organization and FedEx to explain the purpose of the shipments and the event.
This issue is currently affecting ground shipments, not 2/3 day shipping or overnight shipping.
As of now, if you have your entries rejected and returned, we will accommodate re-shipment as best as possible up to the judging on Thursday, June 27. We understand that many of you shipped last week only to find your packages rejected and returned, with the packages containing your last bottles. If you have extra bottles, or have not shipped, please consider using a different carrier and, if able, ship 2 or 3 day shipping.
We deeply regret the current situation, and are doing our best to resolve the situation this year, and putting plans in place for future years.

Sincerely,
John Moorhead
NHC Director

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrewer in the state of New York, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of New York.



Dear New York Homebrewers,

We need your immediate action to help homebrew supply shops in New York. Senate Bill S5509 (S5509) would allow your local homebrew shops to apply for a license to sell beer for off premises consumption. The general idea is to allow homebrew supply shops to add beer sales to their product list, which would benefit both the shops and New York's small and independent breweries.

Currently, only grocery stores, drug stores, and duly licensed supply ships operating in harbors in Lake Erie are eligible to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premises consumption.

S5509 has been assigned to the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee. We need the committee members to pass the bill and move it to the full Senate.

How Can You Help?

1.   Write to each state senator of the Investigations & Government Operations Committee by May 31 urging them to pass Senate Bill S5509 out of committee. See the sample text below (feel free to customize your message).

Instructions: All written comments should be submitted through the links of each state senator below. Make sure to mention in your subject line/email Senate Bill S5509 and for your message to be admitted on record.

New York State Senators of the Investigations & Government Operations Committee

James Skoutis (chair, D-39), Chris Jacobs (R-60), Alessandra Biaggi (D-34), David Carlucci (D-38), Todd Kaminsky (D-9), Andrew J Lanza (R-24), Luis R Sepúlveda (D-32)



Dear [State Senator Name],

I am writing to urge you to pass Senate Bill S5509 out of the New York Investigations & Government Operations Committee to the Senate floor.

Senate Bill 5509 is a fair bill that would benefit the more than 20 brewery supply stores across the state that support thousands of homebrewers and their communities, as well as benefit New York's 400+ small and independent breweries. The bill allows brewery supply stores to apply for a license to sell beer for off-premises consumption. This new opportunity will help keep these small, locally-owned businesses competitive.

New York's economy will benefit from passage of Senate Bill 5509. The majority of the more than 7,000 breweries now operating in the United States, including over 400 in New York, were founded by homebrewers. Successful brewery supply stores help to build a vibrant homebrewing community, fostering the growth of locally owned businesses, which contribute jobs and tax revenue to New York's economy.

I strongly urge you to pass Senate Bill 5509. It is the right thing to do for New York small businesses, homebrewers, and craft breweries, and will prove beneficial to New York's economy.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Email]



Thank you for your attention to this action alert and support of homebrewing.

Gary Glass
AHA Director
Gary@brewersassociation.org

John Moorhead
AHA Competition Coordinator
John@brewersassociation.org

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of Texas, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Texas.



Dear AHA, BA and Support Your Local Brewery Members,

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the state's small and independent brewers and the community of beer drinkers.

Please read the following information provided by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.



Texas Craft Beer Enthusiasts,

The Texas Craft Brewers Guild  is asking you to contact your State Representatives in support of Beer-To-Go sales from Texas breweries.

With strong bipartisan support and 14,500+ petition signatures, House Bill 672 would make Texas the final state in the country to allow Beer-To-Go sales from manufacturing brewery tasting rooms. However, the Texas Legislative Session is nearly over, and HB 672 hasn’t even received a committee hearing.

But there may be another way to achieve Beer-To-Go sales. Tomorrow, April 25, the Texas House of Representatives will be voting on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Sunset Bill (HB 1545), a comprehensive bill aimed at reforming the TABC and updating state alcohol laws. An amendment will be offered to this bill allowing for Beer-To-Go sales.

With time running out, a vote for Beer-To-Go as an amendment to this Sunset bill may be the last chance we have this session at passing Beer-To-Go and if it doesn’t pass, we will need to wait until the next regular session of the legislature convenes in 2021 to try again.

We need YOU, Texas craft beer supporters and enthusiasts to:

1.   Call your State Representatives to express support for the Beer-To-Go amendment
2.   Tweet your support for the Beer-To-Go amendment
3.   Join us in the House Gallery this Thursday if you can make it to the Capitol

Please visit CraftPAC.org/action for easy instructions on how to do all three of these things. We’re so grateful for your support. This has been a decade long fight and only by raising our collective voices to stand up for small business and consumer rights do we stand a chance at getting Beer-To-Go across the finish line this session!

Cheers!

Charles Vallhonrat
Executive Director
Texas Craft Brewers Guild



Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of Texas.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association


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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of Massachusetts, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Massachusetts.



January 31, 2019

The Massachusetts Brewers Guild is asking you to act immediately to request that your state legislators co-sponsor legislation beneficial to local, independent craft brewers. Please read the following information provided by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.

Please read the following information provided by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.

This Friday, Feb. 1, is the last day for lawmakers to co-sponsor two identical and important bills seeking to reform franchise law, the law that governs the relationship between brewers and their distributors, and we want to show as much support as possible.   

On behalf of the 170+ craft breweries in Massachusetts, lend your voice and help reform our state’s antiquated franchise laws. Doing so would level the playing field between brewers and their distributors and ultimately ensure more beer choice in more places.

Act now: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51622/c/421/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=25837

Please lend your voice! Click the button above and tell your State Representative to support craft brewers, some of the Commonwealth's greatest economic drivers, by co-sponsoring House Docket 2072 and Senate Docket 1434.

Senate Docket 1434: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD1434

Cheers!

Katie Stinchon
Executive Director
Massachusetts Brewers Guild



Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrewer in the state of Nebraska, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Nebraska.



Dear Nebraska Homebrewers,

Your immediate action is needed now to ensure passage of Legislative Bill 235 (LB 235), a bill that will allow homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events in the state of Nebraska like the Nebraska State Fair homebrew competitions, the AHA Homebrew Con, and charity events.

PDF of LB 235: https://bit.ly/2sU6NQO

How Can You Help?
1.   Submit the below written comment template on the proposed legislation to Senator Tom Briese (tbriese@leg.ne.gov) by 5 pm, February 1, 2019.
2.   Attend the public hearing at 1:30 pm in the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, on February 4, 2019 in Lincoln.

Instructions: All written comments should be addressed to Senator Tom Briese. Written comments should be typed in a separate document attached to your email. Make sure to mention in your email the attached letter of support for LB 235 to be admitted on record.



Dear Senator Tom Briese, chairman of General Affairs Committee

I am writing to urge the members of the General Affairs Committee to pass Legislative Bill 235, the Homebrew Bill.

Legislative Bill 235 is a fair bill that would bring Nebraska law in line with many other states' laws as well as federal law. The bill allows homebrewers to enter homebrew competitions, judged by trained beer judges, to get feedback on the beverages they make and thus help them improve their craft. Allowing homebrew to be served at festivals and exhibitions will help Nebraska's homebrewers share their hobby with others and introduce new people to the hobby, thus maintain a homebrewing tradition that dates to America's colonial days.

Nebraska's economy will benefit from passage of LB 235. The majority of the more than 7,000 breweries now operating in the United States, including 47 in Nebraska, were founded by homebrewers. Homebrewers purchase ingredients and equipment from local homebrew supply shops, including five in Nebraska. A vibrant homebrewing community fosters the growth of locally owned businesses, which contribute jobs and tax revenue to Nebraska's economy.

There are 28 homebrew clubs in Nebraska, many of which organize competitions, including the Nebraska State Fair Beer and Wine Competitions. These competitions generate local economic growth through hotel reservations, meals, catering, transportation, etc. Homebrewers and homebrew clubs love to responsibly share their creations and knowledge with communities. Festivals, charity events, and contests are a great place to exercise this passion that supports local businesses in Nebraska.

I strongly urge you to pass LB 235. It is the right thing to do for Nebraska's homebrewers and will prove beneficial to Nebraska's economy as well.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Email]



Thank you for your attention to this action alert and support of homebrewing.

Gary Glass
AHA Director
Gary@brewersassociation.org

John Moorhead
AHA Competition Coordinator
John@brewersassociation.org

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Hi Everyone,
The Open Enrollment Application for the 2019 National Homebrew Competition is now open until January 29, 3 p.m. MT.
Note: all applications may be continuously changed until the application closes. Apply on a desktop supported device. Do not apply on a mobile device.
Please take time to review the Rules & Regulations and Important Dates & Deadlines before entering the competition.
Reminders:
  • Open Enrollment is open to AHA members only. Make sure your membership is up-to-date or join today!
  • Confirm your email subscription. All communication is via email including acceptance to the competition.
  • All applicatns will be notified by February 15 with an alert indicating they've been accepted into the competition. Entrants have 7 days from the date of notification to pay for their entries.
  • Entry requests are final after the open-enrollment period (e.g. if you request and received four entries, you must pay for four entries).
  • To maximize your chances, select as many judge centers as you're willing to ship to. Tip: choose all 13 first round judge centers to maximize your chances of getting into the competition.
  • Check out What's New in 2019.

Cheers,
John Moorhead, Director
National Homebrew Competition

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Donating for non-profit fundraise
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:02:59 PM »
Here is the Wisconsin statute from the AHA website: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrewing-rights/statutes/Wisconsin/

There is no specific call out for donations of homebrew in the Wisconsin statute, which usually means it'd be considered illegal.

As already pointed out, donating homebrew to then be sold by way of a non-profit organization at an event is federally illegal and likely illegal in Wisconsin. The statute says in each section homebrew is permissible that no fee may be charged for consumption of the homemade wine or fermented malt beverages at the exhibition, demonstration, judging, tasting, sampling, contest, or competition.

For a more concrete answer on donations of homebrew to non-profits to raise funds, you could reach out to the Wisconsin State Department of Revenue, Tobacco and Alcohol Enforcement section.


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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Question about starting a Hombrew Club in VA
« on: August 27, 2018, 06:04:47 PM »
Hey Sam,
The AHA worked with the VA Craft Brewers Guild and ABC to get some clarification on what you can and cannot do in VA. I can't speak on what other clubs do for meetings and such.
For brewery properties, you're correct about the ABC Banquet License requirement. The brewery must also close its retail licensed space (tasting room) during the event or hold the event in a separate licensed space. Homebrew is allowed with the banquet license but cannot be refrigerated in any TTB bonded space (e.g. should be placed in stand alone coolers) .
This has been worked out with Senior Agent Marc Haalman, the statewide compliance administrator.
To change these rules would require legislative action.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:26:17 PM »
I am sending out the scoresheets today, as well as releasing the post-competition package that contains the results and letter for your entries. Thanks for being patient about it!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Labels 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:21:28 PM »
Hi Everyone,
As stated, there is a final round website that can be found in the Final Round Instructions in your post-competition package after the letter (pages 2-4). The website is final.brewingcompetition.com.
Once you log in there, the instructions are again posted in your profile, and you can print out your bottle labels. You do not need to provide a recipe unless you win a medal in the Final Round this year.
Good luck on June 28!
John Moorhead
NHC Organizer

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC final round info???
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:19:25 PM »
Hi Everyone,
We sent an email out last week to all entrants about the unexpected delays on the Post-Competition Package and access to the Final Round competition site. While nothing is ready right now, we are working on this and have made it a priority to get it completed with ample time before the Shipping Window opens June 11 to June 22.
Once things are finalized and complete, we will send an email to all entrants to log in and view the package, which will include certificates, a letter, and thorough instructions for the Final Round.
In the meantime, please relax and enjoy your holiday weekends with some killer homebrews.
Cheers,
John Moorhead
NHC Organizer

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC final round info???
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:52:25 PM »
We're still putting the packages together - there was a slight last minute delay and we didn't want to launch on a Friday. We're working on them and they'll be up early this week.
For anyone moving to the Final Round, you have plenty of time until the shipping window (June 11 to June 22) to get your beers ready.
Thank you for everyone's patience and understanding!

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If you are a beer enthusiast and/or homebrew in the state of Louisiana, please continue reading. If not, please do not contact the legislative of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of Louisiana and the community of beer drinkers.

Please read the following information provided by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild.

April 16, 2018

The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild is asking you to please contact the committee members of the Louisiana Senate Judiciary B Committee by Tuesday morning, April 17 and ask them to support the Louisiana brewery amendment to Senate Bill 314 and passage of the bill with that amendment.

Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild: http://www.labeer.org/

As currently written, Senate Bill 314 would allow native wineries to self-distribute a certain amount of the wine they produce, something that is currently not allowed in Louisiana for any alcohol manufacturer. The amendment being offered on Tuesday would allow small breweries in our state to also self-distribute a reasonable amount of the beer they produce.

Full Senate Bill 314: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1072601

Louisiana is one of only a handful of states that do not allow breweries to distribute their own beer, so they must rely 100 percent on beer distributors to deliver their beer into stores, bars and restaurants. Distributors can only effectively manage a limited number of different brands of beer, but with the ability to self-distribute, small brewers themselves can build and strengthen their brands (many of which may not currently be distributed), providing the market with more choice and variety while growing their small, independently owned businesses organically.

We need your immediate help in contacting the following senators and asking them to support Louisiana’s small brewers by voting for the brewery amendment and passage of the amended bill. The bill will be heard by the committee Tuesday afternoon. 

Click below to determine if you are a constituent of any of these senators and if you are, be sure to emphasize that fact. Regardless, please reach out to as many of these senators as you can to make your opinion known and to relate why small brewers and their success are important to you.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx

Senator Gary Smith (Chair) - Norco
(985) 764-9122
smithgl@legis.la.gov

Senator Ronnie Johns (Vice-Chair) - Lake Charles
(337) 491-2016
johnsr@legis.la.gov

Senator Norbèrt N. "Norby" Chabert - Houma
(985) 858-2927
chabertn@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur - Ville Platte
(337) 363-5019
(877) 396-4600
lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell - New Orleans
(504) 284-4794
morrelljp@legis.la.gov

Senator Karen Carter Peterson - New Orleans
(504) 568-8346
petersonk@legis.la.gov

Senator Gregory Tarver - Shreveport
(318) 227-1499
tarverg@legis.la.gov

Thanks for your time in support of Louisiana brewers.

Karlos Knott
Bayou Teche Brewing
President, Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild

Thanks for supporting the small and independent brewers of Louisiana.

Sincerely,

Bob Pease
President & CEO
Brewers Association

Gary Glass
Director
American Homebrewers Association

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