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General Homebrew Discussion / Insurance
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:51:22 PM »
I wanted this to get some more exposure so I'm posting here.

This is the real deal. 

The AHA Staff and others including Crispy Frey of our GC  and Luke Dobrich of West Insurance have spent a lot of time researching and putting this program together.

Bring this up with your clubs and I really encourage participation, the sooner the better.

Your Club must be registered with the AHA.  (easy to do, and free)
Your Club does not have to be incorporated, though there are advantages to being so.
Your members do not have to be AHA members (though we would like them to be).

Review the program details on West's webpage

Quote from: garyg on July 23, 2014, 11:19:49 AM
It is official, the AHA has a signed agreement with West's Insurance, which is now providing a package of General Liability ($1M/$3M) and Liquor Liability ($1M/$3M) insurance for AHA Registered homebrew clubs, covering meetings and events with up to 1000 attendees. The cost to clubs is just $3.50/member (paid in one lump sum to West's).  The initial enrollment deadline is September 1, though clubs will be allowed to enroll at various times following that deadline.  The program is dependent on getting enough clubs signed up by September 1 for the underwriter to justify moving forward, so we are hoping to have several clubs enroll before the deadline.

We have a post on

Details on coverage can be found on the West's Insurance website at  Questions about the coverage should be directed to West's, as they are the experts on this program.

The AHA has opted not to receive any financial compensation from the program, as we wish to keep the enrollment cost low and maximize the number of clubs that can take advantage of this great insurance product.  There was clearly a need for an affordable, nationwide insurance option for clubs that includes liquor liability and we are very please to assist clubs in meeting that need.


Events / Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 20, 2014, 12:24:35 PM »
Started this thread to be a common place to establish ride shares between the airport and hotels in Grand Rapids.  Cabs are the most common way.  They charge per trip, not per person.  I'm told that $34 is the average cab fare.

Events / Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:08:48 PM »
I'm hearing talk about a lack of Pro Brewers Night at the conference.
Let me clear this up a bit.

ONE "Pro Brewers Night" has been replaced with THREE days with the Pros.
We have split the pros so you can have MORE (not less) access to the pros and their beers.  Being spread out you should be able to sample more of the Pros beverages because you will have more time to do so.  This includes discussion with the representatives that may happen to be there.

The Pros will have a bigger presence in Grand Rapids than in any other conference to date, just not in the same manner we have seen in the past.  It should be a significantly better experience.


Events / NHC - 2014 Mashing in Michigan Registration
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:34:01 PM »
From the News

Registration Update

Good News!

We are excited to report that all AHA members who applied to attend the AHA National Homebrewers Conference are guaranteed a spot. So rest easy, and feel free to start making your travel plans to Grand Rapids—Beer City, USA.

Did you Apply to Register?

Complete Your Registration

You still need to complete your purchase online to finalize registration for the conference. Be on the lookout for an email from Altitude Tickets no later than Tuesday, March 4 with instructions and a link to complete and pay for your registration.

Hotel Information

Paid attendees will receive hotel details on or before March 7. We have numerous hotel rooms held and you’ll get the information first as a paid attendee.

Hint: To ensure a room at one of the conference hotels closest to the venue, book before March 12. That’s when hotel information goes public to all AHA members.

Did You Miss the Application Window?

Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew! We still have space for a few more attendees to enjoy the finest homebrew event of the year. Registration opens to all interested AHA members on Wednesday, March 12 at 12:00 noon Eastern (11:00 a.m. Central; 10:00 a.m. Mountain; 9:00 a.m. Pacific). At that time, registration and hotel information will be available via

See you in Grand Rapids!

How will you celebrate? On April 10, 1933, Michigan became the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment, which repealed the prohibition of alcohol.
Today in Michigan history: A thirsty state ratifies bill overturning Prohibition, becoming first in.
Historians estimate 75 percent of the alcohol consumed in the U.S. during Prohibition came through Detroit.
From Michigan Brewers Guild on Facebook

The Pub / This one is for the Dogs
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:52:23 PM »

Beer Travel / Alaska Tour in the Planning Stages
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:25:04 PM »
For our 40th anniversary, my wife and I are planning an Alaska Cruise/Tour on one side or the other of the NHC.
Any suggestions?  Breweries/brewpubs that are a must see?  Other things to make sure we don't miss?


The Pub / MOVED: Asst. Brewer Opening in CO
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:50:29 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Thank You AHA
« on: June 08, 2011, 09:54:34 PM »
For the work you do behind the scenes.  Michigan, and several other states, are having some fair use law issues.
The get the word to your rep message.

Dear AHA, Brewers Association and Support Your Local Brewery Members,

The AHA is supporting an effort by Michigan homebrewers to pass legislation that would allow homebrewers to serve homebrew at meetings held at Michigan breweries. We need your help getting this bill passed.

Current Michigan regulations prohibit the serving of homebrew for any purpose at microbreweries or brewpubs. House Bill 4061, sponsored by homebrewer Representative Doug Geiss, would allow homebrew to be served at licensed Michigan breweries for activities such as club meetings and competitions.   . . .
Doug responded
From Rep. Doug Giess:

Committee hearing went very well today.  I expect the bill to be voted out of committee next week.  Getting these commitments from members is very useful. Members have been getting messages/phone calls from AHA members, so the push from you was worthwhile.

We are not there yet, but we are closer.  Again thanks to the AHA who initiated this action.

This IS one of your member benefits.

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