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Greetings everyone,

I hope this finds you with full carboys, and brew-days on the near horizon.

This year's AHA Governing Committee election saw a roughly 15% increase in voter turn out, with 1,636 ballots cast, totaling in 8,915 votes - about 5.5 votes cast per voter.  With 25 candidates running for 8 open seats, it was one of the most exiting elections to date.

From this, the following candidates we're voted into the 8 open seats on the 15 member GC:

    Drew Beechum*| Pasadena, CA
    Martin Brungard | Carmel, IN
    Jeff Rankert | Milford, MI
    Aimee Richard | Philadelphia, PA
    Susan Ruud* | Harwood, ND
    Tom Schmidlin* | Redmond, WA
    Roxanne Westendord* | Cincinnati, OH
    Kim Wood | Greenwood, CA

*Returning Governing Committee member

I want to personally congratulate Drew, Roxanne, Tom and Susan on being re-elected, and welcome Aimee, Jeff, Martin and Kim to the GC.  Congratulations to you all, we have exiting work ahead of us!

To the other 17 candidates, thank you for running - the competition was close, and all candidates garnered healthy amounts of votes.  Your engagement, participation and membership is an inspiration to the AHA.

So, raise a glass of homebrew today to your returning and new GC'ers, to all those who ran, and to all who voted. 


Jake Keeler
Governing Committee Chair

More on the results:

Howdy citizens, AHA Governing Committee Chair Jake Keeler here.
I wanted to remind everyone that we are still taking nominations for the 2014 AHAGC elections.

There are 8 open seats this year, and we'd love to add some new faces to the mix.  I can say without hesitation or doubt, that serving on the AHAGC has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done as a homebrewer.  It's way to help give back to the AHA, the awesome members, and to this wicked-awesome hobby and community.

The deadline is November 30th - please consider throwing your name in the hat for consideration.

To learn how to nominate yourself, please visit this link:


Howdy members,

I'm pleased to share with you the 2013 AHA Governing Committee Subcommittee report.  Within this report you'll find a summation of the respective subcommittees' missions, accomplishments, challenges and next steps.

While the GC deals with topics, issues, challenges, member's feedback, and opportunities at large, the vehicle for change and action is largely done through the subcommittees.

AHAGC subcommittees are made up of AHA members and non-members alike, but all are chaired by an AHAGC member.  Subcommittees are created based on need and interest, and members volunteer their time and service.  Chairs are responsible for achieving sub-com goals, vetting new/potential members, and guiding the work and actions of the group.  If you are interested in contributing to a subcommittee, or want to learn more about what they do, please contact the sub-com using the "Contact the XXXX subcommittee" link listed under each subcommittee description.

Please take a minute to visit the AHAGC page here to learn more about who the Governing Committee is, and what we do for you:

To download the report, go here:

Cheers and happy brewing!

Jake Keeler
AHA Governing Committee Chair

Howdy everyone,

As the AHA Governing Committee Chairperson I'm happy to announce the results of the AHAGC 2013 elections.  There were 2 open spots this year, and 7 candidates running for election. This was a very strong group of AHA members, with qualities ranging from extensive BJCP experience, committee and non-profit experience, club organizing and leadership, and of course a myriad of other traits including the brewing of great beer!

Fred Bonjour - incumbent
Justing Crossley - incumbent
Steve Cook
Matt Johnson
Bruce Buerger
Chris Hummert
Martin Brungard

The election process ended on March 30th, with votes being tallied and verfied on April 1st.  Only current AHA members were allowed to vote.  The election process, and the candidates' respective platforms were disseminated through email to members, on this website, in Zymurgy, through all AHA social media channels and on-air thanks to the Brewing Network which brought each candidate on and gave them a chance to speak to their position, candidacy, and qualities.

Voter "turn out" was the strongest ever at 1423 votes, a 31% increase from last year, setting a new record. However, we would like to see voter participation increase and will make every effort to accomplsh this in 2014, when we will have 8 open seats!

After all votes were tallied, here are the two candidates that will be serving:

Fred Bonjour
Justin Crossley

I"m looking forward to working with both of these individuals yet again over the next 3 years.  They have been valued and integral members of the AHAGC thus far, and I expect them to continue their hard work.

To everyone who ran, who has ever run, or has ever thought about running...please do!
Getting involved is the single best way you can help the AHA deal with the enormous challenges it will face in the coming years. 

To see the existing AHAGC, and the respective sub committees please visit this page:

More about the results from the AHA:

Congrats to Fred and Justin, and thank you to all the candidates and AHA members that voted.

Jake Keeler
Chairperson - AHA Governing Committee

General Homebrew Discussion / BTV - Episode 55: All About Stouts
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:46:40 PM »

We are getting ready for St. Patrick's Day with stout on the brain! For the occasion, Jake and Mike brew two beers. One is a Dry Irish Stout on par with the modern Guinness Draught, which we serve on nitrogen through a stout faucet. The other beer is a Single Stout Porter, based on a beer Guinness produced back in the 1880s. We put the beers up against each other in a taste test… and find out the secret to Chip's Chocolate Stout along the way. [Original postdate: February 10, 2012]

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Events / Gordon Strong and Nathan Smith at Northern Brewer MPLS - 1/16
« on: January 17, 2012, 03:33:55 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing TV - Episode 45: Hop Madness 2011
« on: September 23, 2011, 01:04:27 PM »

Brewing TV celebrates another successful backyard hop harvest with a brew session and some over-the-top wet-hopping at home. Then we're taking a field trip to Hop & Brew School in Yakima, WA. Ever wondered how home and pro brewers get those wonderful hops? You're about to find out. All for brew, brew for all! [Original postdate: September 23, 2011)

all for brew, brew for all

Events / Premiere Party for Brewing TV - Lift Bridge Brewing Co.
« on: August 18, 2011, 02:24:07 PM »

Brewing TV will be premiering epsiode 43: Lift Bridge Brewing Co. on 8/25. Attendees can enjoy one free pint of Lift Bridge's Hop Prop, from cask, courtesy of Stanley's NE Bar Room and Northern Brewer! If you're in the area, we'd love to see you there. Thursday the 25th, 7-9pm at Stanley's NE Bar Room Minneapolis.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing TV - Episode 42: King's Coolship
« on: August 12, 2011, 01:27:45 PM »

The King is in the building! NB foot soldier and determined yeast junky Jeremy King (you remember him from Episode 4, right?) is back with yet another twisted yeast experiment. This time he's trying wrangle wild yeast from his environs in Milwaukee, WI for eventual commercial use. He's got a very interesting way of going about it - utilizing a coolship. Wild yeast, microscopes, fire, and fermented fish. You never know what you're going to get when you're hanging out with J-King. Prepare to be - KING'D!

all for brew, brew for all


original post date: July 29th, 2011

Brewing TV in the Stone Age! This episode we are at Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA. We spend a day living the life at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, touring the brewery, and talking about the creative process with brewmaster Mitch Steele. Are you worthy of this episode? Heck yeah, you are -- so drink it up!

all for brew, brew for all!

Events / Gordon Strong at Northern Brewer MKE!
« on: July 26, 2011, 07:34:07 PM »

Gordon Strong, Ninkasi award winner, Brew Strong show host, homebrew writer, and author of Brewing Better Beer will be on hand at Northern Brewer's Milwaukee store on July 29th for a book signing and Q and A session.

More details here:


Events / Premiere Party for Brewing TV - Stone Brewing Company
« on: July 26, 2011, 12:50:13 PM »

If you're in the Twin Cities area Thursday 7/28 from 5-7pm come on down to Stanley's Northeast Bar Room for a special keg of Stone's Ruination IIPA, and the premiere of Brewing TV 41: Stone Brewing Company.  Northern Brewer will be on hand with give-aways and swag.  They'll also be showing Episode 18: New Glarus Brewing Company.

All for brew, brew for all!

Brewing TV - Episode 40:  Bad Ass Brewery

Original postdate: July 15, 2011

We're off to one Bad Ass Brewery to brew one bad ass beer. Chip spends the day in Bryon Adams' awesome basement brewery for some beer geek gadgetry, a crazy-hopped Burton Ale brew session, good ol' SEC smack-talk and don't forget the smoked ribs! Roll Tide!

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing TV - Episode 39: NHC 2011
« on: July 01, 2011, 01:27:05 PM »

Original postdate: July 1, 2011

This year's National Homebrewers Conference was held in sunny San Diego. The Brewing TV crew was among a large posse of Northern Brewer ninjas that showed up to represent at the NHC. This episode shows what we got into. Join us for some pre-conference fun, cask ale for breakfast, good times in the Tiki Pavilion, Pro Brewers Night, Club Night and the Grand Banquet. See you next year in Seattle!

If haven't seen this video yet, you must.
Every homebrewer should know the situation in Alabama.


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